Throughout their time at Dalriada pupils are provided with support and advice to help them make informed decisions about their future career plans. Careers research and exploration activities are carried out throughout KS3 through Learning for Life and work Classes, While guidance on subject choice is given to all pupils by a team of dedicated careers staff before making GCSE choices in year 10. The guidance given is backed up throughout KS3 with the use of outside agencies such as the Sentinus and Young Enterprise groups.
In KS4 there are opportunities to meet with careers staff to discuss appropriate Career routes at post 16 level. Pupils are encouraged to look at all the options available to them, whether that be continuing with studies to A-Level within Dalriada; Moving to a post-16 college to study a Btec or apprenticeship or even progressing into the world of work. Booklets of guidance are issued and training is given in the use of the careers databases available within the careers department to all pupils.
All of our sixth formers are given guidance and help in finding Work placements in Year 13 in a field of work that appeals to their strengths and interests. In addition pupils are given guidance on how to write personal statements and completing UCAS forms when choosing a place of higher education.
Support is also provided in the form of careers interviews and friendly advice when GCSE and A Level results are published. Along with these important times of decision, members of staff are always available for consultation or discussion.
Outside expertise is brought in as required and pupils are given experience in interview techniques from representatives of a wide range of Careers and Professions during our Year 13 and 14 tutorial periods and the annual Mock Interview evening.
In recent years almost all Sixth Form leavers have proceeded onto full-time third level education. Every year we have sixth formers who are prepared for Oxford and Cambridge entrance examinations and annually several students from Dalriada go onto study at these prestigious universities.