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Information, advice and guidance with regards to post-16 options and careers are offered by our Careers Co-ordinators, Mrs Corbett and Miss Whatley. Each student will receive a 1:1 interview during Year 10/11 to guide them through the vast array of options available. Students are also given guidance when considering GCSE option choices in Year 9.
Please visit this page to check out college open evenings, taster mornings etc as well as details of some apprenticeship opportunities.
Years 7 and 8
The “Compass for Life” programme for Years 7 and 8 encourages students to set down goals and aspirations and how to achieve them. The framework provides students with a formula that empowers them to take responsibility for their own learning and to achieve their ambitions in partnership with their teachers.
In Year 8 the students have a PSHE lesson looking at careers and enterprise.
In Year 9 students embark on the Aspire programme and will reflect on skills and qualities for life beyond school, build participation, team work and community engagement, develop confidence and independence enhancing students’ CVs.
There are a number of opportunities throughout Year 9 for students to start thinking about future careers. During the October and January enrichment days, students start to think about their GCSE option choices and are introduced to the Careerpilot website to look at careers and their options post-14, 16 and 18. Representatives from Richard Huish College and Bridgwater and Taunton College talk to the students about Further Education courses on offer when they leave school. To further support the students in their decision making, various professionals visit the school in January to give careers talks.
On the enrichment days in June, students are introduced to the world of work when they have the opportunity to select a local employer to visit. Students are also given the choice to visit Bath Spa University. Students who select a local employer to visit will also participate in taster sessions of vocational subjects at Bridgwater and Taunton College (Taunton Centre).
Choosing GCSE Options
In January students begin the process of choosing subjects that they would like to study in Years 10 and 11.
Students are supported with their decision-making with advice from teachers and provision of an ‘Options’ booklet in January with detailed information about all the available courses. The Year 9 Options Evening in January is an opportunity for students and parents to talk to subject teachers, representatives from the local colleges and the school’s Career Advisor.
2018 Timetable for Options:
Monday 8 January – Curriculum Guide sent home.
Friday 12 January - Year 9 Options Assembly
Monday 15 January, 6.00-8.00 pm – Facing the Future Options Evening (opportunity to talk to teachers and students for all subjects).
Wednesday 17/Thursday 18 January – Options Talk (as part of Enrichment Days).
Thursday 25 January, 4.30 - 7.00pm – Individual Options Interviews – parents and students
Monday 29 January – Deadline for Options returns to Form Tutor.
Every student in Year 10 receives a 1:1 careers interview to assist them in making an informed choice about their options post-16 i.e. Further Education, training or employment. Students select a college that they wish to visit in June to give them an insight into college life and what courses are on offer.
A Careers Day for Year 11 students is held on one of the enrichment days in October. College representatives speak to the students regarding options available to them including apprenticeships. Students also access Careerpilot www.careerpilot.co.uk website to look at career options that may suit them. Students also begin completing their CVs and Personal Statements that are required to accompany college applications.
Details of college Open Days, Evenings and Taster Workshops are given to students. Students who have specific queries have the opportunity to book a 5-minute appointment with college representatives who come into school for two lunchtimes at the beginning of December.
The options open to students are A levels, vocational courses or apprenticeships:
A levels are two year courses that are exam based. Please refer to www.russellgroup.ac.uk ‘Informed Choices booklet’ which gives advice about essential or useful A level subjects required for certain degrees if you are aiming to apply to one of the more prestigious universities.
Vocational courses are aimed at a particular area of work.
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you will
For more information please visit www.gov.uk
You will need to find an employer who is willing to offer you an apprenticeship. You will need to register on the National Apprenticeships website, www.apprenticeships.org.uk ; ask family, friends etc about who might be able to offer an apprenticeship; contact businesses to enquire if they would be likely to have an apprenticeship vacancy; apply to colleges for apprenticeships.
If you have any queries regarding our Careers Education programme, please email Mrs Corbett JJCorbett@castle.somerset.sch.uk
The Russell Group produces Informed Choices in collaboration with the heads of admissions at each of the 24 Russell Group universities. It is aimed at all students considering A-level and equivalent options.
It was first published in February 2011 and has had three minor updates, in February 2012, December 2013 and most recently in October 2015. It includes advice on the best subject combinations for a wide range of university courses as well as advice on the best choices if students do not know what they want to study after school and need to keep their options open. The guide should be used in conjunction with—but not as a substitute for— the more detailed information on entry requirements that is published by individual universities on their websites and in their prospectuses.
All students - particularly those from less advantaged backgrounds - must have access to appropriate information and guidance about the choices that will maximise or reduce their opportunities and life chances from an early age. Achievement at school is the key to increasing a student's chances of winning a place at a leading university, but choosing the most appropriate subjects at GCSE and A-level is also crucial.
It is really important that students do not disadvantage themselves by choosing a combination of subjects at A-level which will not equip them with the appropriate skills and knowledge for their university course or which may not demonstrate effectively their aptitude for a particular subject.
Have a look at a copy of the informed choices publication using the link below:
To view the dates and times of our local College Open Mornings/Evenings, please click here.