Careers Education Information and Guidance
All students have access to specialist CEIAG. Each student has an individual interview with a youth employment service representative, to discuss their options when leaving school. The representative can help with writing an application form and they take students for college interviews. They also continue to work with young people when they move onto post 16 education.
Students are given the opportunity to create Curriculum Vitaes and to research employment, training placements and apprenticeships.
Work Related Learning is embedded into the curriculum offered within the Campus. Resources on careers, apprenticeships and college courses are all available to students. There is also the opportunity to attend open days and careers fairs. Sessions are given on interview techniques and mock interviews are carried out. Career pathways are explored with employment professionals including signposting to funding. Close links with apprenticeship providers and local businesses are maintained. We work in partnership with the local college to ensure a smooth transition and provide appropriate support for all our students.
Work Based Learning and Work Experience
All our Year 10 and 11 students are offered the opportunity to participate in work based learning and work experience.
Opportunities to spend time in work placement are offered either as a block of one single week or one day per week over a school term.
All students are offered at least one placement. However, we encourage students to spend time in a number of different workplace settings as this gives them an opportunity to explore different career opportunities. All our WEX placements are health and safety checked and must conform to DfE guidelines. Education Business Partnership - South West, carries out comprehensive checks on Work Experience providers in line with Health and Safety requirements.
Below is a list of the different types of employment our students can choose as a work placement:
|Administration, Business and Office Work||Financial Services||Performing Arts|
|Building and Construction||Healthcare||Personal and Other Services including Health and Beauty|
|Catering and Hospitality||Languages, Information and Culture||Retail Sales and Customer Services|
|Computers and IT||Legal and Political Services||Science, Mathematics and Statistics|
|Design, Arts and Crafts||Leisure, Sport and Tourism||Security and Armed Forces|
|Education and Training||Manufacturing and Production||Social Work and Counselling Services|
|Engineering||Marketing and Advertising||Transport and Logistics|
|Environment, Plants and Animals||Media, Print and Publishing|
Below you will find a list of useful links to careers and further education resources.
Advice on choosing your A levels
- Choose the best A levels, Scottish Highers or International Baccalaureate options for your future, whether you want to go to university or get a job straight after school or college: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/a-level-choices/315491-what-a-level-subjects-should-i-take
- Find out about different options by searching 12 careers sectors full of advice and information such as salaries you can expect to earn, the types of jobs available and what your options are with, or without, a degree: https://targetcareers.co.uk/career-sectors
- From academic librarian to youthworker: look through graduate job descriptions to find out what each job involves and the qualifications and skills that are most needed: https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/job-descriptions
Advice for students interested in Higher Education
- TARGETcareers university profiles give details such as number of students, student-staff ratio and average UCAS tariff needed: https://targetcareers.co.uk/university-hubs/
- A course search function allows you to browse thousands of courses by university, qualification level, study mode and region: https://targetcareers.co.uk/search/courses
- Find out what university rankings mean by looking at how they are calculated and what measures are used: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/choices-about-uni/384889-what-university-rankings-mean
- Take a look at these degree subject guides to help you decide what to study at university. Look at what content, teaching methods and contact hours would suit you best as well as what careers each subject might lead to: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/degree-subject-guides
- If you have a career area in mind, look at these various articles to help you understand what degrees would benefit your chosen path. From law to photography, design and TV there are over 15 different areas to explore: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/degree-subject-guides
- These university reviews tell you what the universities are really like and are written by current students: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/university-reviews
- Find out how much university will cost and get advice about tuition fees, whether you are from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/choices-about-uni/50-university-tuition-fees-and-funding
Building your CV
- Put together a CV that will show you in the best possible light, whether you are applying for work experience, an entry-level job or apprenticeships and similar programmes: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applications-and-interviews/198-how-to-write-a-cracking-school-leaver-cv
- Find out about online ability and aptitude tests for school leaver programmes, including numerical and verbal reasoning tests: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applications-and-interviews/44-online-ability-tests-for-school-leaver-programmes-and-apprenticeships
- Make sure your online application form stands out for the right reasons and helps you get the apprenticeship place you want: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applications-and-interviews/42-top-tips-for-filling-in-school-leaver-programme-application-forms
University application support
- Find out how to ace your UCAS application with our advice articles on starting your statement, what you should include, how it should be structured and how you should handle offers: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/applying-for-uni
- Discover what is appropriate to wear for a university interview and what clothes you should avoid: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/applying-for-uni/314689-what-to-wear-for-a-university-interview
- Use our guide to deadlines to find out the key dates you need to know when applying to uni: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/applying-for-uni/52-when-to-apply-for-university-through-ucas
- Find out about the different ways you can gain the work experience you need to impress employers and get hired, whether or not you go to university first: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-experience/388-work-experience-for-school-students-what-you-need-and-how-to-get-it
- Make the most of your work experience by finding out what to wear, how to impress and what you should do once it is completed: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/skills-and-experience/313849-how-to-make-the-most-of-your-work-experience-placement
Advice for your gap year
- Thinking of taking a gap year before starting university or beginning work on an apprenticeship? Plan ahead so you get what you want out of your time out: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/gap-years/180-how-to-have-a-well-planned-gap-year
University open days
- University open days are a fantastic way of finding out about the universities that you are thinking of studying at and the courses you might want to take. Here are some top tips for making the most of your visits: https://targetcareers.co.uk/uni/choices-about-uni/313867-how-to-make-the-most-of-university-open-days
The UK’s 100 most popular employers for school leavers
- Take a look at the 100 most popular employers for school leavers as voted for by school pupils: https://targetcareers.co.uk/school-leavers-100
The UK’s 50 most popular universities for school leavers
- Find out the 50 most popular universities in the UK as voted for by school pupils: https://targetcareers.co.uk/top-50-unis