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Careers Advice and Information

Students from any year group who would like to discuss their career and learning choices can make an appointment with a school careers adviser or an independent careers adviser, Mr K Maguire by calling in to the careers resource room or emailing: Teaching staff can also refer individual pupils at times when it is felt that they will particularly benefit from one-to-one careers advice. Parents are very welcome to attend appointments or to contact the careers department.

All fifth form students will have at least one careers appointment to explore a variety of education and career options and draw up an individual careers action plan to help them make a successful transition to post-16 learning. Students can book a careers appointment directly with Mr Dempster or one will be arranged for them during the term.

Sixth form students are wecome to use the careers resource room and arrange individual guidance appointments during their free periods with prior permission from Mrs R Maxwell (Head of KS5), or Mr B Downey (Sixth Form Supervisor). Students can also have follow-up appointment as necessary.

Students are also directed to the National Careers Service where they can access independant on-line and telephone guidance from a National Careers Service adviser. This free service is available daily from 8am-10pm. There is also extensive information and advice on choosing subjects, exploring career ideas, case studies and freqently asked questions on the Young People section of the National Careers Service website.

Careers Resource Room

Our well-resourced careers resource room is situated downstairs in the Stone Hall and is open daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm during term time. The resource room holds a good range of current university prospectuses and employer information as well as books and magazines on a wide selection of careers and higher education courses.

We also subscribe to a number of online resources where students can access impartial information to help them make informed and realistic career plans. Students are introduced to these packages during careers tutorials and there are a number of ipads available within the resource room.

Passwords to access the following resources can be obtained from the Careers Resource Room or Mr D Dempster:

Eclips contains very clear impartial information on over 1000 careers and has a useful further information section with up to date links to recommended websites for each job.

Careerscape provides impartial information on many careers, education and training options, and includes videos. Use the purple higher education icon which links careers to related university courses.

Heap Online A starting point for research into degree courses available to you depending on your predicted UCAS tariff points

Higher Ideas links A level subjects and career interests to university courses.


Other Online Careers Information


Includes comprehensive careers information on over 750 job profiles , regional job market information, career tools such as CV builders and access to careers advisers


Inspirational video clips of people who have experience of working in a variety of jobs


Short films and current news articles covering a wide range of careers An interactive careers inspiration website containing over 700 different career profiles


Information and advice for 16-24 year olds including subject choices, work experience, sponsored degrees, school leaver schemes, gap years and student finance


A comprehensive guide to careers, education and student life including a useful student calculator to help budget for university


Careers Information in Specific Employment Sectors


The information service for careers in the NHS in England


Find out more about the 350 careers in the NHS and register for a free careers welcome pack


An inspirational website for aspiring medics produced by St George’s University of London


Comprehensive information on applying to medical school


The British Medical Association produces an annual guide to becoming a doctor, which lists the entry requirements of each medical school.. Visit the ‘developing your career’ section


The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons guides to becoming a vet or vet nurse can be found in the education section of the website


Includes advice for aspiring vets on getting into vet school and links to animal related websites


The British Dental Association website contains topical issues related to dentistry


The British Psychological Society website has a helpful section on careers and accredited courses


An inspiring website for those interested in science, technology, engineering and maths


Go Cracker contains information and news for young people about science technology and engineering subjects, industry sectors, apprenticeships, universities and employers.


Information on aerospace career pathways and entry routes as well as details of competitions, scholarships, vacancy news and events. Register to receive the free newsletter and join the aviation skills network for free advice


Information and free advice from industry experts on careers in the construction


Information on the range of exciting opportunities in chemical, biochemical and process engineering career. Register to receive the free newsletter and details of events


Careers information and support for students aged 11-19 who enjoy chemistry


The Institute of Physics site contains careers information and resources for students


Inspiration for how to make a difference with a career in biology


Bright Crop aims to inspire young people to explore the many careers in farming and food supply


Information and case studies about the many different careers working with plants


A site for young people from age 11 upwards interested in courses and careers related to maths


Career ideas on what you can do with maths and statistics


Digital careers website for 14 to 19 year olds


The Financial Skills Partnership website contains extensive information on career opportunities in the finance sector.


Learn more about marketing and how to get in


Information careers in law. Start by downloading the Beginners Guide


The University of Law’s Future Lawyers Network for aspiring and current law students


Provides information on the range of career choices n the world of property and puts you in touch with people who can help you get started.


The website of the Royal Institute of British Architects has a useful careers section. Download the Think Architecture booklet for information on becoming an architect.


Information, resources, events and job opportunities for those interested in creative and cultural careers


A set of initiatives from Sky to support young people to build up skills, experience and self-belief


The student pages offer advice on training and careers within the theatre, media and broadcast industries


The UK professional body for those with an interest in sport and exercise science. Download the Career Guide for information on courses and careers in sport


Career profiles and opportunities in the world of sport. Sign up for the free newsletter to keep up to date with careers advice and jobs


Careers advice site for parents to help support their child with education and career choices