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Years 7 & 8 students are introduced to the world of careers and their aspirations. Our focus is on opportunities that encourage them to start thinking about why a career is important, what types of jobs are available and how they can be linked to hobbies and interests. Students also learn about essential skills.
Year 9 students focus on choosing their GSCE options. Information, advice and guidance is provided by their subject teachers and all students have the opportunity to speak to our Careers Advisor about their choices.
Year 10students are introduced to the skills required to apply for jobs and training, for example CV writing and interview skills. Opportunities are provided to meet employers through events and virtual work inspiration and experience. Students are introduced to apprenticeships and at the end of Year 10 they learn about Post-16 options, ready for when they return in Year 11. One-to-One Careers Guidance meetings start at the end of Year 10 and continue into Year 11, where students have careers guidance session with our Careers Advisor.
Year 11 students are able to meet local sixth forms and colleges to understand the various study pathways available to them. Further guidance is provided about apprenticeships and students also learn about Higher Education and how to research courses to find out how university entry requirements can affect their Post-16 decisions. Students are also supported by our pastoral team to ensure they have a clear plan for their Post-16 transition.
West Suffolk College prospectus and application 2023
Ready to discover who you could be with West Suffolk College? Create a personalised prospectus based on your interests and aspirations, to help you find your next steps for once you have finished school.
*Please note, applications for September 2024 will open on 1 October 2023.
Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future.
You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement.
You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing.
Click on the picture to try the Skillsometer.
Success at Schools
The careers site Success at Schools has published a useful resource for parents and carers. Access the free Careers eBook for parents by clicking on the image below.
The following websites provide a range of additional careers information and tools that can help students explore future options.Please click on the links below to access further information.
www.icanbea.org.uk/ Focuses on jobs and careers in Suffolk and Norfolk based on your skills and interests.
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zhst2sg Research your favourite subjects and discover how these might be relevant to future study or jobs. Check out the search facility on BBC Bitesize, which has a range of articles that might interest you.
www.icould.com Career videos and written articles covering lots of occupations. Try the BuzzQuiz.
www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk Contains concise summaries of every apprenticeship offered in England, plus general careers advice, real life stories, employer advertising and a directory of providers. The Guide is fully revised and updated annually, in collaboration with the National Apprenticeship Service.
amazingapprenticeships.com A helpful overview of apprenticeships, including support for students and monthly resource packs for parents.
www.ucas.com Everything you need to know about higher education. A useful website for exploring university degrees and identifying the diplomas or A-Level qualifications that will be needed for your future steps. For students who want to go on to university, it is useful to check the requirements before you make our Post-16 choices.
https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/ What to study, where to go and how to get there. Has useful advice on selecting A Levels as well as extra guidance on personal statements and applying.