Careers

The careers education information and guidance programme at Bede Academy seeks to positively support all students to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

Students at Bede Academy are entitled to a careers education information and guidance programme which:

  • Is personal to students and always puts students’ interests first;
  • Motivates and inspires students to consider all opportunities both within and outside Bede Academy;
  • Helps students to gain the skills they need to make their career ambitions a reality;
  • Provides the support students need to be successful;
  • Helps students access any additional support they might need;
  • Is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of career pathways and local labour market information;
  • Protects and respects students’ personal information and shares it only with their consent.

Together with impartial and independent career advisors Bede Academy will support students’ career development in a number of ways, including:

  • Information and discussion in lessons, Technical Intelligence lectures and assemblies to help students make decisions about their future;
  • Activities and events such as careers fairs, work experience and enterprise events;
  • Access to career advisers for all KS4 and KS5 students;
  • Careers information and IT based careers programmes;
  • Information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and websites.

The following websites are worth visiting for further information:

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

http://university.which.co.uk/

https://www.plotr.co.uk/

http://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/

http://careermap.co.uk/

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/

Information for students and parents

It is never too early to be thinking about the future.  Students will need to think about their future ambitions when choosing GCSE options, Post 16 options and also what to do when they finish education or training.

The information in this section has been gathered so that students can find all of the relevant information in one place.

What are the options?

Post 16 Options

Obviously, students cannot leave school until the end of Year 11.  However, it is important for students to consider what it is they would like to do after their GCSE examinations.  There are 3 main options available:

  • Return to Bede Academy’s Sixth Form;
  • Go to college;
  • Get an apprenticeship;
  • Get a job with training.
Which option is right for you?

Bede Academy Sixth Form

The majority of students return to the Sixth Form following their GCSE examinations.  Students can choose to study a wide range of academic and vocational subject areas in an environment they are familiar with.  All students who attend the Sixth Form study Level 3 qualifications which are either A Levels or BTECs, or a combination of both.  In order to progress to the Sixth Form, students must achieve at least 5 A*-C grades at GCSE.  Further information about Bede Academy’s Sixth Form can be found here.  The advantages of progressing to Sixth Form at Bede Academy is that students are familiar with their surroundings and what is expected of them.  Students are supported by staff who know them and they are surrounded by familiar faces.  Sixth Form is a step-up from GCSEs, but students experience more benefits such as independent and directed study periods to help them manage their workload.  All students are also allocated an Academic Mentor who is responsible for monitoring their progress through regular meetings.

Apprenticeship

The other main option students have is to apply for an apprenticeship.  Apprenticeships are designed for those people who want to learn whilst on the job.  They usually involve being in the workplace 4 days per week and spending the other day at college.  There are apprenticeships available in different employment sectors and competition is highly competitive. There are too many different types of apprenticeship to list here, but if students are interested then they should visit this website.

College

Not everyone wants to stay in a school environment and that is perfectly fine.  Some students may wish to study subject areas which are not offered by Bede Academy.  The entry requirements for college vary as they offer a wider range of qualifications and subject areas and students should carefully research options with the careers advisor.

Employment

Students can go into full-time employment after completing Year 11, but they cannot start their job until after the last Friday in June.  If students are under the age of 18 then they must also undertake some training which leads to an accredited qualification and takes at least 280 hours to complete.  It is important for students to consider what their long term prospects would be and to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages compared to other routes such as university, college and apprenticeships.

Post 18 Options

On completion of Sixth Form, students also have different options available to them.  The most common choices are:

  • Progressing to university;
  • Gaining an apprenticeship;
  • Getting a job.

University

A large number of students choose to continue their studies at university, where they focus on a particular area of interest.  Students can study just about anything at university, with the type and duration of the course depending on the area of study.  Different universities have different entry requirements, so it is important to check exactly what they are before applying.  If students have a particular career in mind then it is also important for them to check the requirements before selecting subjects for KS5.  Universities hold open days regularly and students are advised to visit the institutions they are interested in attending in order to ensure it is the best decision.

Further information about universities and courses can be found on the websites:

  • UCAS
  • Which? University guide

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are quite a popular option for students who complete Sixth Form, but do not want to go to university.  Apprenticeships are designed for those people who want to learn whilst on the job.  They usually involve being in the workplace 4 days per week and spending the other day at college.  There are far too many different types of apprenticeship to list here, but if students are interested then they should visit this website.

Employment

The other main option that students have on completion of Sixth Form is securing a job.  The type of job students will get all depends on the skills, experiences and qualifications they have gained.  If students are interested in employment, the best place to start is here.