Careers Education Years 8-14

Years 8 & 9

  • Personal Career Planning
  • Employability (LLW) module
    • Introduction to Career Management
    • Work in the local and global economy
    • Employability
    • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
    • What Employability means to me
  • Events
    • Young Enterprise NI – Year 9 Y.E. 9 workshop

Year 10

  • Personal Career Planning (tutors)
  • Careers Education (delivered via Business Studies)
    • Self Awareness
    • Career Exploration & Management
  • Careers Guidance
    • Presentation to parents in December
    • Presentation to pupils in December
    • Individual guidance interviews in January to discuss GCSE choices
  • Events
    • Project Business with Young Enterprise NI (November)

Years 11 & 12

  • Personal Career Planning (Careers Education lessons)
  • Careers Education
  • Self Awareness
  • Career Exploration & Management
  • Careers Guidance (Year 12)
  • Presentation to parents in March
  • Presentation to pupils in December (prior to mock exams)
  • Individual guidance interviews in March to discuss A level choices
  • August interviews on GCSE results day
  • Events
  • Year 11 Young Enterprise Learn to Earn workshop in June
  • Year 12 Young Enterprise Success Skills workshop in March

Some key topics covered at Key Stage 4 (Years 11 & 12)

  • Skills & capabilities
  • Profiling Career pathways
  • Qualifications
  • Recruitment & selection (CVs, application forms, Personal Statements)
  • Health & Safety in the workplace
  • Going to University
  • Taking a Gap Year
  • The Interview Process
  • Trade Unions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Researching university courses
  • Researching careers

Visiting Speakers at Key Stage 4

  • STEM Ambassadors– Biomedical Scientist, Radiographer
  • Food Ambassador – Moy Park manager
  • Recruitment – H.R. manager
  • Sentinus
  • Armed Forces
  • CAFRE
  • QUB
  • NRC
  • UU

Year 13

  • Careers Education
    • Personal Career Planning
    • Introduction to Careers Suite
    • Linking subjects and possible careers
    • Developing skills / extracurricular activities for applications
    • Health & Safety guidance prior to Work Experience
  • Careers Guidance
    • Presentation to parents at the start of term
    • Presentations by Mrs Kelly to pupils on Post A level choices, the UCAS system and how to write Personal Statements
    • Individual Careers interviews to select subjects for A2
    • Follow up interviews in August for those who need them.
  • Events
    • Work Experience week (Feb/March)
    • UCAS Higher Education Careers Fair (March)
    • Higher Education talks from a range of universities
    • Support for applications in Year 14, e.g. Oxbridge, Medicine etc.

Year 14

  • Careers Education
    • Assistance & support with university applications – UK, Republic of Ireland, USA, Europe
    • Personal Statements
    • Preparing for meeting with reference writer
    • Plans for next year
    • Preparation for mock interviews
  • Careers Guidance
    • Presentation to parents at the start of term
    • Presentation to pupils re. UCAS
    • Presentation to pupils re. CAO applications
    • Individual interviews with reference writer and members of Careers Dept.
    • August interviews as follow up to A2 results.
  • Events
    • University Open Day (Sept)
    • Mock Interview Evening (Nov)
    • Interview Skills Workshop
    • Additional Oxbridge practice interviews