Beyond the Syllabus – Building Your CV

No matter what you are planning to do post 18, you will need to promote yourself and your interest and passion for the job sector or course you are applying for.  It is never too early to build that range of evidence of this interest and below are some ideas, links to further reading and resources to help get you started and inspire you.  Remember, these are only suggestions, so feel free to ask you teachers for recommendations or conduct your own research.   

Make sure you keep a record of what you have read, any MOOCs completed etc. and what you have learnt – you can use the Activities section in Unifrog to record this. 

Suggested Reading and Resources 

Further Reading – watch the video on exploring beyond the syllabus

Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry

Lectures and Videos put the app on your phone or tablet click categories and see what links to your subjects – check out other channels for what they can offer

Work experience

According to Michele Trusolino, CEO and cofounder of Debut Careers, it is never too soon for students to begin planning their careers – pandemic or no pandemic. “The earlier you start, the better the end result will be,” she says.

How to find work experience – ask! Phone first or visit and then send a cv if asked to (companies are inundated with cvs – the personal touch makes a difference!)

For those with an interest in a medical related career: Gaining medical work experience is a vital component of your medical school application. Getting relevant work experience will help you decide whether pursuing a career in Medicine is right for you, and will give you an insight into the working life of a doctor. More importantly, undertaking medical work experience shows medicine admissions tutors that you are truly committed to the field and are willing to take the time to further your learning.

Podcasts put the app on your phone and subscribe to some of the following: 

  • The Reunion 
  • The Infinite Monkey Cage 
  • A Point of View 
  • Profile 
  • Great Lives 
  • From Our Own Correspondent 
  • The Week in Westminster 
  • In Our Time 
  • Inside Science  


MOOCs provide an affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, advance your career and deliver quality educational experiences at scale. Millions of people around the world use MOOCs to learn for a variety of reasons, including: career development, changing careers, college preparations, supplemental learning, lifelong learning, corporate eLearning & training, and more. Use Unifrog to help find relevant MOOCs and record which you have completed. 

What are some of the benefits for UK education?  

  • Improving UCAS application forms and interviews (Universities are well aware of these courses; many have invested substantially in creating them) 
  • Getting a view on subjects they may wish to study in future 
  • Getting access to new ideas, topics and resources outside of their current scope 
  • Feeling more comfortable for the transition to University 
  • Improving learning techniques and styles, such as flipping the classroom

Take care to ensure you sign up for free courses – take a screenshot when completed and save as proof. 

The King's Academy