Head of Careers | Miss O Crossan
Time Allocation
Careers Education

Year 8
LLW classes per week

Year 9
LLW classes per week
Year 10
1 careers class per week

Year 11

Year 12
1 careers class per week
Year 13
1 careers classes per week

Year 14
1 careers classes per week

Careers Programme

The aim of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in the college is to help pupils develop their knowledge, understanding, skills and experience of opportunities, to manage their career development, and make relevant informed choices, ensuring successful transition into education, training or employment and to become lifelong learners.

The overall objective of effective CEIAG provision within the college is to enable pupils to become effective career decision makers, empowered to manage their own career development successfully and with due respect and care for their own needs, those of others and of their wider communities. There are 3 main aims needed to realise this objective.

Aim 1: Self-Awareness and Development
Identifying, assessing and developing the skills and qualities necessary to choose and implement an appropriate career plan.

Aim 2: Career Exploration
Acquiring and evaluating information, and reviewing experiences to identify and investigate appropriate career pathways and learning opportunities in education, training and employment, locally, nationally and internationally.

Aim 3: Career Management
Developing skills in career planning, and employing effective career decision-making strategies to manage transition and make suitable career development choices, with the appropriate support, advice and guidance.

Formal careers guidance begins in Year 10 when pupils select their subjects for GCSE. The careers teacher, parents, subject and form teachers are all involved in assisting the pupils to assess their ability in particular subjects and to see the implications of subject choices for subsequent career opportunities.

In Year 11 all pupils undergo preparation for work experience. This takes place in term 1 of Year 12. This is a very beneficial programme as pupils return to school highly motivated to succeed in their GCSE examinations.

In Year 12 all pupils complete mock interviews in order to improve interview skills and enhance career prospects. Pupils are also actively involved in decision making either in the context of A/AS Level subject choices or in selecting Further Education courses.

In Years 13 and 14 pupils undertake a programme which focuses on self-development, career exploration and career management. Throughout the programme pupils are involved in careers guidance interviews, work placements, mock interviews, university visits and talks from visiting speakers. In Year 13 a more focused work placement is organised. At this stage pupils have a clearer idea of their vocational pathway.

In Year 14 particular attention is paid to both the online UCAS “Apply” System and direct entry for university applications with all pupils receiving detailed instructions and assistance.

Pupils are also informed of up-to-date information regarding student finance, bursaries and scholarships which are available to them.
The college works closely with Carl our Careers Adviser from the Careers Service for Northern Ireland. Students in Year 12 and Post 16 have an individual career planning interview with Carl. Parents can request to attend this meeting also.

We have excellent links with a range of external agencies, universities and FE Colleges. All departments within the school support the delivery of careers through guest speakers and school trips.