Subject-specific career and course exploration resources

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Subject-specific career and course exploration resources

Here you’ll find career exploration resources specific to particular subject areas and careers. All resources are FREE. This list is not exhaustive, but instead a starting point. There are lots of other resources out there too. If your subject area isn’t listed here and you are struggling to find relevant online career exploration resources (see our general online resource list too), get in touch with us on and we’ll do our best to help!

Have you come across other useful online career and course exploration resources? Let us know your suggestions by emailing, and we can share here on this blog!

Art & Design

  • ACES Edinburgh are hosting a weekly creative challenges on their Instagram.
  • MetPublications: The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has links to books and articles from the last 50 years (most are free!).
  • Skillshare has lots of free courses led by artists.


  • Practice coding with Code Academy (no need to pay for an account – go for the ‘Basic’ free version!), and programming with The Turtle System.


  • ‘Who to trust?’ is a TED playlist of talks on ‘the economy of trust’, covering Uber, Airbnb and more.




  • The Poetry Archive hosts recordings of poets reading their own work out loud.
  • Writers Inspire is a collection of literature-related podcasts, videos and essays.
  • A linguistics blog run by Cambridge graduates, focusing on linguistic misconceptions and current news stories.

Geography, Geology & Sustainable Development



  • Have a go at reading newspapers, watching TV shows or listening to radio programmes in your language of choice!
  • Transcript is a journal sharing books and literature from Europe and beyond, published in English, French and German translations.


Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

  • Reach Edinburgh have created a bank of resources for students interested in studying Medicine. Many are relevant for those interested in nursing and the allied health professions too!
  • The Medical Schools Council have released re-assuring guidance on relevant experience to study Medicine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Observe GP is a free interactive video platform providing insights into the role of a GP and the wider primary care team. 
  • THE CURE’s medical reporters take you on a journey to the frontiers of world health.
  • ‘The Struggle of Mental Health’ TED series.
  • Find out more about Allied Health Profession careers on the NHS Scotland website. 
  • Queen Margaret Uni offer an exciting project for S5 students interested in the following subjects: Dietetics, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Diagnostic Radiography, Therapeutic Radiography, and Speech & Language Therapy. Find out more about Step Into Health at QMU, and register your interest! They also have a great online guide on applying to Allied Health profession courses

Performing Arts


Politics & International Relations

  • The Week in Westminster: Political commentators from major newspapers look at what’s been going on in Westminster politics each week.
  • OxPol: The Oxford University Politics Blog.
  • EACH OTHER focuses on increasing public knowledge of and support for human rights.


Science & Maths


  • The Sociology Show is a new podcast recently started under lockdown.
  • A History of Ideas explores some big questions about how we live today, introducing some foundational ideas in social science and philosophy.
  • Check out AllSociology's Instragram.

Veterinary Medicine and Vet Nursing

  • Reach Edinburgh have created a bank of resources for students interested in studying Veterinary Medicine. Many are relevant for those hoping to work with animals and aspiring vet nurses too!