Lesson activities: 16 – 18 year olds

Resources, toolkits, lesson plans and presentations for you to use with your 16 – 18 year old students, aimed to equip them with information on all their future options.


Our resources can help you achieve your Gatsby benchmarks, as outlined in the table below.  

Activity Gatsby benchmarks

Careers planner for 16 – 18s

Guide your students on their journey to a bright future with our downloadable careers planner – packed with practical ideas and inspiring activities for you to work through together.

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Careers resources: Year 13 – what to expect

Our presentation can be used one-to-one or in a group. to help your students think about their higher education choices, including uni or apprenticeships. 

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Start researching degree courses

This video and worksheet-based discussion will ease your students into thinking about the most important aspects of a university and course for them.

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Finding and organising speakers for your schools

External speakers can add real value – informing students about apprenticeships, uni or career opportunities – and enrich the curriculum through sharing their experiences. Find out how to plan your event to get the most benefit for your students. 

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How past students can inspire current students

One of your top resources as a teacher offering higher education guidance is your student alumni, now at university. Read our advice on ways to work with them to make a significant difference to your current students. 

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Events and summer schools to prepare for higher education

Read our advice and ideas about organising events in your school or college – a great way to help students make smart choices about higher education, or find alternative routes. 

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Higher and degree apprenticeships printout

Use this classroom resource to help students gain an understanding of the range of subjects, unis, and employers providing apprenticeships.  

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Using the UCAS Hub in the classroom

Use our entertaining and informative lesson plans to get your students inspired about their futures. They’re flexible to allow you to adapt them to your students' needs, and so you can dip in and out to fit in with your timescales.   

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2022 application toolkit

To help you support and guide your students, our wide range of resources can be used together or as part of a programme, to share key information about higher education and the UCAS application process.

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Help your students write their personal statement 

We've rounded up the best personal statement techniques, tools, and resources for you to support your students.


Supporting care experienced students toolkit

Resources, including a video, FAQs, and factsheets, providing information and advice to help you support care leavers applying to higher education.   

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Individual needs toolkit 

For some students, their individual circumstances can have a significant impact on their decision to go to uni, and their ability to succeed when there. This PDF pulls together some tips and key resources for you to share with them throughout the application process.

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Tools and resources to help you

Top tips and links to key tools and resources which will help you guide your students and their parents.

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