Careers Advice and Guidance Strategy
The aim of the careers department is to provide information, advice and guidance to pupils to help them surface their career interests and identify the choices (academic and experience) that they will need to make to realise their career aspirations.
To achieve this the careers team and tutors will:
- Assist students in surfacing their career interests
- Assist students in mapping out the path to any particular career
- Help students identify the choices they need to make to position them for their chosen career
The main focus of the careers department is in helping students to find out what careers are right for them and what subject choices they need to make. As most of our Sixth Form students aspire to and succeed in moving on to full time university education, there is also a dedicated team of tutors to support students through this process. In the Lower Sixth, through our Future Steps programme (see curriculum/A level booklet), students collectively receive preliminary advice regarding the process which is consolidated by an intense UCAS course in the Summer term following AS exams. In the Upper Sixth, each student is assigned a personal UCAS tutor who personally oversees their application. The Future Steps programme also provides an introduction to employability skills and to non-university routes into careers, which are of increasing relevance given the Government’s introduction of the Levy to fund apprenticeships, leading to a dramatic increase in Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships.