Careers Education














Raising Participation Age

The Government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training, requiring them to continue until their 18th birthday. Raising the Participation Age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school; they are able to choose one of the following options post-16:

Full-time education, such as school Sixth Form  or college 

An apprenticeship or traineeship

Part-time education or training combined with one of the following:

(i) Employment or self-employed for 20 hours or more a week

(ii) Volunteering for 20 hours or more a week


Post 16 GCSE English and Maths

There is a requirement for all students who have not achieved a 9-4 GCSE in English or Mathematics by age 16 to continue to study towards achieving this level of attainment alongside their studies. They must continue to study English and Maths even if they attend college, an apprenticeship or traineeship.


Careers Department Aims

The aim of the Careers education and guidance offered at our school is to help every pupil be informed and aware of all their different progression options, raising their aspirations. Widening their participation and enabling them to recognise and develop their employability skills, career and job aspirations. Equipping our students with the skills, knowledge and attitude and to be prepared as possible for when they leave school. 

Careers advice to students

All students from any year group can come and see me for a careers interview. There is an open door policy in the Careers Department with no restrictions on the number of appointments pupils can have. Personal guidance is provided at key transition points for Year 8 with options, Year 11 with post 16 choices and for year 12 and 13 with progression onto Higher education, Apprenticeships, Employment or for Gap year plans. 

Drop-ins are available lunch and break time in the Careers Office.

Careers resources 

A selection of useful web sites and Careers software resource purchased to help pupils explore Careers and Jobs, investigate what careers might suit them as well as looking at progressions choices post 16 and 18. 

Careers library where to find out about different Careers and Jobs

On Jobs Explorer database JED

You can access this careers package via our school PORTAL, which allows you to use at home with your parents/carers.  video clips of various Careers video clips of Careers     

Exploring what Career might suit you

On JED on menu Suits me Quiz tab run through the bigger quiz to help explore what Careers might suit you.

On click on student then free careers questionnaire and take the Spartan test.


Apprenticeships  National apprenticeship service website can create an account and search vacancies via your home post code, town or city.


University research

Higher Ideas on  to explore what to study with your A-levels and BTEC Nationals (Access this via school PORTAL Careers Resources folder)  - University and College Admissions Service who you apply through -  Independent way to search & compare UK degree courses & universities  -  Open days information for Universities or go to relevant University website  - Quiz to suggest interesting degree courses ideas - Admissions Testing for UK health professionals medicine / dentistry - Law Aptitude Test (LNAT) used in the law admissions process


Employment (Public Sector Jobs)  - routes into teaching - NHS careers - EDT (Engineering Development Trust) - creative industry -  jobs and apprenticeships in the automotive sector. - National Council for Training of Journalist


Volunteering - National Citizen Service (NCS) is for 15 – 17 years old opportunities to take up challenges to develop work life skills


Gap year

Career profiling and Psychometric testing


Young Person’s Travel


The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff, volunteers and visitors to share this commitment


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