Year 11

Careers and Higher Education Guidance


Student CEIAG in year 11 focuses on GCSE choices, how to enter a specific career, alternative sixth forms & further education and also school leaver programmes. To help students in this transitional period they are able to self-refer to meet with our independent and impartial careers advisor or our higher education advisor by emailing Mrs Tingley who is Coordinator of Careers Education within school.

Autumn term

Students have the opportunity to attend industry related workshops run by our independent professional careers advisor. This gives students the opportunity to find out, within a group setting, about career opportunities within the related industry. They also explore the range of entry routes and progression opportunities relevant to the career area, look at labour market information, gender issues etc.

All students attend a workshop with our HE advisor and are introduced to UCAS, learn how to find out information about universities, courses and course entry requirements. Students are also equipped with the tools needed to gather information on various career & HE opportunities. In November, we host our ‘Opportunities in the Sixth Form’ evening. This provides students with the chance to learn more about the courses we offer in sixth form as well as the support and advice we provide for Higher Education and Careers.

Spring term

After the mock exams, all Year 11 students meet with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to discuss their option choices in January. This gives students an opportunity to reflect on their A level choices and discuss how it fits into their longer term career plans. Students who need further guidance at this stage will be referred to our independent professional careers advisor. In January students also take part in ‘A Day in the Life of a Sixth Former’ and attend 5 A Level lessons of their choice. This gives students a true sense of what it is like to be a student in our Sixth Form. Further information and advice on choosing A-levels can be found on various websites including: Russell Group and Brightknowledge and the Russell Group's guide to making decisions about post-16 education Informed Choices. You may also find the The Russell Group's Guide to Post 16 Subject Choices video of interest. Various websites including: Which? University, GetingofarGOV.UK and The Apprenticeship Guide all offer advice and guidance on Higher and Degree Apprencticeships. Sutton’s Apprenticeship Hub is also available to help people aged 16+ that have left, or are due to leave secondary education.

Students have a second opportunity to sit the Morrisby Online Careers Assessment. Benefits of the online assessment may include increased self-awareness by providing objective analysis of aptitudes, interests, motivations and preferences and may also provide students with focus, direction and motivation in their studies and help students to select the most relevant Further and Higher Education subjects. Morrisby Online supports students with lifetime access to their own personal interactive career and educational planning website. Students receive feedback in the form of an on-line report which includes students aptitudes, career Interests, preferred working environment, employment style & suitability and also Higher Education course information.  Further information can be found on the Morrisby website.

Summer term

Students have the opportunity to take part in The Challenge programme run by the National Citizenship Service. The programme which aims to give students the opportunity to build skills for work and life, gives students the chance to work with industry, to learn new skills, meet new people and help them discover their talents and realise their potential. Further details can be found on The Challenge website.

Throughout the Year

As part of their preparation for the Sixth Form, students are provided with information about university courses, course requirements and some of the factors which a university will be looking for in applications. Through the tutorial programme, Year 11 students will hear from Year 13 students who have successfully secured offers in a range of subjects in order to aid them in their preparation. They also have a talk from a staff member who recently completed a sabbatical at Cambridge University about wider reading and other academic activities that will help strengthen their application.

Year 11 students also have the opportunity to participate in a range of afterschool workshops which are aimed at developing intellectual curiosity. This year, workshops included; Scepticism; Do we really mean what we say? What is Art? Students considering a career in Medicine also have the opportunity to attend a medic’s talk by a current university medical student.

Students are reminded how to access the schools careers library and careers website on Frog. Both provide access to impartial and independent information about a wide range of careers, education and training options and students are encouraged to carry out further independent research and exploration.