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  1. i want to find out more about part-time / distance learning for a post-grad primary teaching qualification.

  2. What qualifications do you need to be a bricklayer?
    You don’t need any specific qualifications but a good range of Standard Grades especially in English, Maths and CDT subjects would be useful as it is necessary to take an entrance test for the ckills training course. More information on this and other construction careers can be found at
    You may also want to look at this site here

    Mick

  3. I was wondering where i could find more info on automotive engineering? plus info on qualifactions and universities etc.
    Joe.
    I have attached the careers information and HND/Degree courses in Scotland
    here
    You can find degree courses in the UK at http://www.ucas.com

    Mick

  4. What qualifications do i need to become a full-time hairdresser?
    Marge
    The careers information you require is here
    You may want to look at a full time local college course at here
    Mick

  5. i want to find out information on physical education because i want to carry on taking pe later on

    I have put a link on that shows some of the careers you can follow with PE here

    Use Section G in your careers library for Sports and related courses and try to think about the level of entry into these careers. Wil it be with Standard Grades or Highers.

    Mick

  6. What sort of qualifications do you need to teach English as a second language in Europe?

  7. You should try and gain a relevant qualification from the list below.
    The following courses are run at centres throughout the UK and abroad:
    University of Cambridge (UCLES) Certificate or Diploma in teaching English as a foreign language to adults (CELTA or DELTA).

    The Trinity College London Certificate or Diploma in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

    The Cambridge Certificate – which you can only take after the CELTA qualification – or the Trinity College Certificate in English language teaching to young learners (CELTYL or Cert TEYL).

    Locally you could investigate courses at Heriot Watt and Edinburgh.

    If you register with Careers Scotland at http://www.careers-scotland.org.uk you will gain free access to Exodus a database of information for anyone considering working,studying or travelling abroad.

  8. Is Strathclyde the only university in Scotland where you can study aeronautical engineering?

  9. if you are going to an art university/college, is it important to have general maths or more to get in?! mwah mwah thx muchness! xxx

  10. If i am studying ‘mareketing with media’ would it be best if i had higher maths?

    The problem with taking higher maths is that I would have to do Int 2 first and therefore not be taking five highers which may be more appealing to universities. Is my theory correct?

  11. Hiya, everybody knows what they want to do after school, where as i have no idea what i plan… what can i do??

  12. Bob II

    You should check out Glasgow Uni and University of Highlands and Islands for other courses that may be of interest.
    http://www.ucas.com is a good website for finding out about uni courses

  13. Hazel

    The type of art course you do will determine the level of maths that you require. Some technicial art courses like architecture may look for maths at a higher level.
    Refer to http://www.ucas.com for more information on entry requirements for courses. If you prefer paper format then the book ‘Scottish Guide 2007’ which should be in your careers library can provide you with similar information.

  14. Emily

    I refer you to the ‘Scottish Guide 2007’ book and http://www.ucas.com for info on entry requirements for uni courses. The subjects you require vary from uni to uni, so it is better to check with the unis that you are considering. Further, some unis may prefer you to do 5 Highers in S5 but some will only require 4.

  15. Ryan

    Not sure if you want to be a computer programmer working in a college, or whether you are asking what courses you can do at college that can qualify you as a computer prgrammer?
    If it is the former, then you should have to look at vacancies on job hunting websites and the college websites themselves.
    If it is the latter, then you would normally be advised to study a HNC/D in Computing. You need to ensure that the course covers specific modules in programming languages, as some courses only cover things like hardware or computer networks.

  16. Rachael

    I am sure that not everybody in your school knows what they want to do when they leave school, but it just feels like it because the majority of your friends may do.
    I am not sure whether you have access to Pathfinder, Adult Directions or Kudos on your school computers, as these packages are designed to help you narrow down your options. If they are not available then similar packages are available online:
    CareersMatch at http://www.careers-scotland.org.uk
    Careerometer at http://www.planitplus.net
    You should also arrange to see your careers adviser in school either at a careers clinic (during lunchtimes often) or by requesting a careers interview. Your guidance teacher and school librarian should be able to tell you how to go about doing this.

  17. Rachael.
    You should try and complete Pathfinder, which is on your school server under applications. This will generate career ideas, save them and we can look at and talk about them whenever you want.

  18. Hello Mick – I’ve a question about my son’s choice of Highers (he’s in RHS S3). He has decided he wants to do engineering but, as he didn’t choose Physics for Standard Grade, has been advised to do Physics Int2 in S5 with 4 Highers, then Physics Higher in S6. This means he’ll only be sitting 4 Highers at the end of S5 and I’m concerned that this might affect university entrance. Any advice/comments?
    Many thanks

  19. Im interested in Physiotherapy however upon going onto planitplus it says You can take a degree in physiotherapy – entry requirements 4-5 Highers, including English and 2 science subjects at good grades.
    The problem is i only took biology at standard grade and haven’t taken any science subjects in Higher. Is there anything i can do?

    Thanks
    Julia.
    I think you should arrange to see me in school but the following points may get you started before we meet up.
    Are you taking/plan to take Maths?
    You will need to speak to the Science Dept about what could be offered in S6 as a one year higher
    Try and identify the college/university you want to study at
    You can then email/phone the admissions tutor re your S6 choice
    http://www.ucas.com will show all the UK courses and entry requirements
    You could look at HNC/D courses available but we would need to discuss these in more depth
    We could look at the postgraduate routes as well
    See you soon.

    Mick

  20. Hey i was wondering if there are any college/uni courses involving just singing and not acting. Looking at LIPA but not sure what i would need to do as it is in england?
    Hello.
    I intend to update this comment so please feel free to visit again.
    For starters LIPA is in the UCAS system so I sugguest you visit http://www.ucas.com and look at the entry requiements which will indicate if you need Advanced Highers etc.

  21. hi

    Im interested in journalism especially in the fashion field. Im not sure how to go about this. Can you help at all?

    Hi Katie
    There are courses in journalism at HNC/HND and degree level; a lot of these are general courses in journalism, but there are specialised fashion journalism courses at several universities in England, such as the London College of Fashion. You could check out the UCAS website to see the degree level courses available and the entrance requirements http://www.ucas.co.uk The courses require academic qualifications, English is especially important, and a portfolio of work to produce at interview. There is also the option to do journalism as a postgraduate course, so if the fashion side is more of a draw you could do a degree in fashion and add the journalism later.
    Alternatively you could try to get a job in a magazine or paper and train while you are working.
    The industry is very competitive and it’s really important to do as much as you can just now to get experience, get involved with the school paper, any fashion related projects etc. to show enthusiasm and get examples of your work to make up a portfolio.
    It would be worth checking the journalism section on http://www.planitplus.net to get some more information and links, as well as information on courses (this site only lists courses in Scotland!)
    I will be adding to this blog as some of the gremlins are at work today!

    Mick

  22. what qualifications will i need to become a fashion journalist?
    Hello.
    As you can see from the above comment you can use various sites to get started. In additionyou can look at individual degree courses such as http://www.ucreative.ac.uk and I suggest you follow this up with a visit to your Careers Adviser to discuss your plans in more depth. Let me know if I can direct you to your nearerst careers contact.
    Mick

  23. Hey everyone

    I am applying to london college of fashion and they require me to take a maths and english test at the interview. does anybody know which maths and english test this is? If any of you have friends/relatives that go there and may be able to find out, please let me know as i am very nervous!! thank you
    Amy
    I’m looking into this but need to know which course you are applying for
    Mick

  24. erm.. my guidence teacher has advised me to leeve school this year beacase i cant fill a whole time table. i want to leeve and go into collage to study beauty therapy is this the right time to consider leaving school and to go in to a collage to finish my cource or to stay in school ..? wb confused :s
    Ashlyn
    Hello Ashlyn.
    First of all – can you leave school this summer? If not you will have to consider Winter Leaver courses or extended work experience..
    What would you achieve by returning for a 5th year?
    College courses will be recruiting this term so it makes sense to apply if interested.
    Arrange an interview with your Careers Adviser as soon aspossible.
    Colleges
    http://www.jevc.ac.uk
    http://www.ed-coll.ac.uk
    http://www.stevenson.ac.uk

    Hope this help.
    Mick

  25. I want to study journalism possibly at Stirling Uni but i cant find what grades i need? Im definitely doing Advanced Higher English next year but what else do i need?

    Sam
    I have taken the following information fromn the Stirling website:
    Entrance Requirements

    Year 1
    Highers ABBB.
    A-levels BBC or a combination of A2 and AS levels, VCE and VDA.
    IB Diploma with 2HL subjects at 5, 1 at 4, SL subjects at 4.
    HNC or HND with 3 merits/Bs in Graded Unit(s).

    I would suggest you follow this upp by contacting the department direct for further information.
    Mr Jairo Lugo
    University of Stirling
    Stirling
    FK9 4LA
    Scotland
    UK
    Tel: + 44 (0) 1786 466226
    Email: jairo.lugo@stir.ac.uk
    Web: http://www.fms.stir.ac.uk

    Mick

  26. what qualifications do you need to become a fashion journalist?

    There are courses in journalism at HNC/HND and degree level; a lot of these are general courses in journalism, but there are specialised fashion journalism courses at several universities in England, such as the London College of Fashion. You could check out the UCAS website to see the degree level courses available and the entrance requirements http://www.ucas.co.uk The courses require academic qualifications, English is especially important, and a portfolio of work to produce at interview. There is also the option to do journalism as a postgraduate course, so if the fashion side is more of a draw you could do a degree in fashion and add the journalism later.
    Alternatively you could try to get a job in a magazine or paper and train while you are working.
    The industry is very competitive and it’s really important to do as much as you can just now to get experience, get involved with the school paper, any fashion related projects etc. to show enthusiasm and get examples of your work to make up a portfolio.
    It would be worth checking the journalism section on http://www.planitplus.net to get some more information and links, as well as information on courses (this site only lists courses in Scotland!)
    Mick

  27. Hi Mick.

    To be a royal enginner in the navy i need to be 15yrs 9mnths. I f i join at 16, would there be any reason for the Navy to reject my apllication due to age related reasons. Also is this a wise Idea !
    Adden
    I think you know what I’m going to say!
    Let’s arrange an interview and look at this and all your options for next summer.
    The RN Careers at Shandwick Place, Edinburgh will keep you straight on the age issue and remeber you don’t have to make ‘big’ decisions just yet.
    Mick

  28. i want to study fashion journalism at uni!What subjects do i need to be able to do that?
    Can I direct to my answer just above this comment.
    Mick

  29. can you tell me what GCSE and A levels I need to undertake a degree in fashion
    Emily
    The best place to start is here but I would also visit some other sites as well.

    This one gives a good overview of creative careers but I would link any research you carry out to a discssion with your art teacher as they can advise on portfolio requirements etc.

    You may want to look at college courses in your area (this blog is based in East Lothian, Scotland) so speak to your school careers adviser as well.

    Mick

  30. hi,
    interested in doing fashion business at uni. says i need 4 highers or 2 advanced highers both at grade c’s. It is advised that these be in art and possibly english.

    Last year i only did 3 highers and am doing two advanced highers this year- art and english.
    Do you think this is ok or do you think I should pick up another higher?

    Hopefully wanting to study at Glasgow Caledonian.
    Carly
    I think you have read the A Level requirements for gcal and as you can see the Scottish requirements are Higher: BBCC
    Essential subjects: English and Art & Design
    To be on the safe side email E: bafashionbus@gcal.ac.uk giving your S4/5 results and intended S6 subjects and ask for the new tariff.
    Mick

  31. I’m planning to apply for fashion journalism at the London College of Fashion. The website says that I will be required to take a written test at the interview. I have tried to look online for sample tests or some information on the structure of this test but I can’t find anything. Can you help me?
    Hello.
    I tried to resolve this issue before (without success) and can only suggest you contact the admissions tutor direct as they will have the information.
    Mick

  32. Hello,

    I am currently applying to the London College of Fashion as an international student and it says they require a math and english test at the interview. Would anybody know what the test and the interview really consists of? I will be applying for foundation degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising. If anybody has any friends that’s currently enrolled and could share some info. that would be wonderful~ (it’s a bit nerve wracking since I am an art major and haven’t really studied math and english for quite some time..)
    Thanks,
    Veronica Lee
    I’m looking into this but need to know which course you are applying for
    Mick

  33. My daughter is interested in a career as a journalist but is unsure of which subjects to take at highers. She will be taking English but has to decide between Physics and Art. Is there a future in art journalism for her if she chooses that subject.
    Robert
    Difficult to give an answer on this as several factors will be involved but what I can give you is careers information and link this to courses in Scotland and the UK.
    You can take a look at the NCTJ site and Prospects as well.
    Hope this helps.
    Mick

  34. hi, i’m just going into 6th year and i don’t have a grade 2 at standard grade maths and cannot take intermediate 2 and the course (psychology) i want to take says that maths is required at those levels, what can i do?
    Depends on where/what you want to study. Would you like to meet up in school and discuss?
    Mick

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