Making informed choices about higher education

A key part of Future Quest is our cohort programme which replaced the highly successful programmes – Ambitions and Marvellous Me. Future Quest aims to increase the number of young people entering higher education from currently under-represented wards. The programme also raises awareness of the wider benefits of higher education and supports young people to identify potential careers and the pathways into these.

Definition of higher education: Higher education is an optional education pathway that includes university, college and apprenticeship study towards higher-level qualifications such as a degree. Higher education increases students’ chances of entering high skilled careers.

*Along with the University of the West of England, University of Bristol, City of Bristol College and SGS College.

"Students were able to discuss their future plans and discover ways to find out how to get there. I have found the students have a clearer idea on what they are going to do after they finish their GCSEs and feel more confident to talk about it with their peers and teachers."


What has the Future Quest programme given you?

“…confidence to talk to people”
“…opportunities in theatre, (jobs)”
“…to be interacting and interesting with others”
“…time to be me and know that that’s ok”

What did you gain from the Bristol Old Vic workshops?

“Today has helped build my confidence”
“…opportunities in theatre, (jobs)”
“I never knew Bristol Old Vic did work experience!”
“Today I learnt about all the different jobs in the theatre”
“There are more jobs in the theatre than I thought”
“I enjoyed the games and the acting scenes at the end. I want to look more into theatre roles and getting involved”

Previous activities have included:

Aerospace Bristol visit

Skills, preferences and personality profiling day

Bristol Old Vic winter show

Bristol Old Vic workshop

Future Skills day

Speakers Trust public speaking workshop

University of the West of England and University of Bristol campus visits

London visit to the Houses of Parliament, HMS Belfast and a river cruise

Clifton Suspension Bridge visit

Outdoor education day

Employ me! day

UCAS support and mentoring for post-16 students