Careers

Northallerton School & Sixth Form College aims to provide all students with a comprehensive CEIAG programme, using the Careers Development Institute framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, in line with Department of Education guidelines. We have an Independent Careers Adviser, Kate Bowers, situated at the Careers Office two days a week, to see students and discuss future pathways. The school is currently working towards an Investor in Careers award to be completed by October 2018.

Kate Bowers Careers Advisor from Shine.

Student Entitlement to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Careers education gives students the skills, knowledge and understanding to manage their own lifelong learning and career development. Through CEIAG, students will be able to feel more positive about themselves, improve their motivation, raise their aspirations and take responsibility for their career plans.

What can you expect from CEIAG at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College:

  • 1 to 1 impartial, confidential Careers Guidance.
  • Guidance and support to help students identify their career goals, ensuring that advice and guidance is impartial and in the students best interests.
  • Guaranteed access to information about all the options/pathways open to students Post 16.
  • Guidance and support for the College / FE application process.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to learn skills and knowledge that they will need to secure training/employment after leaving school.
  • Promote and practice equal opportunities for all students regardless of gender, ethnic origin, disability or special educational needs.
  • Guarantee student's access to CEIAG which is up to date including Labour Market Information.
  • Contact or inform Parents/Carers with any relevant information

What do we expect from students at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College:

  • Students need to be realistic in considering the range of options available and making choices about them.
  • Students need to be active in helping themselves as well as expecting Northallerton School to help them.
  • Students need to be prepared to learn and stretch themselves in order to reach their potential.
  • Students need to keep on target with their learning levels and grades.
  • Students need to respect deadlines – they have been put in place for a reason.
  • From September 2017, all students will have been registered onto Careers Menu to support a programme of tutorials throughout this academic year. Careers Menu is also available for parents to access and use. Please click on the link.
  • Key stage 3 students will be covering aspects of self-awareness, self-motivation and decision making skills to support their Option choices made in Year 9, linking through to Key Stage 4.
  • During Key Stage 4, students are advised to research options for further education and life Post 16, in order to make informed decisions on where to study or work in the future. This could be in a Further Education College, a Sixth Form College/School, completing an apprenticeship or starting work with part-time learning.

Information for Key Stage 4 students transitioning to Key Stage 5:

Please be aware that a new grading system is now in place for GCSEs. Eventually all GCSE subjects will be numerically graded.

Remember you need to consider the entry requirements for all your option choices post 16:

You need to think about:

  • What interests you and what you are good at?
  • What skills and qualities do you have and consider all careers and where these would be useful?
  • Do you need certain qualifications for the career you are interested in?

You need to do the following:

  • Read the college prospectus carefully: note the questions you want answered.
  • Visit the college/s and Sixth Forms if possible and attend their Open evenings if possible.
  • Be realistic about your choices based on predicted GCSE results.
  • Talk to tutors and students to get a balanced view.
  • Compare courses and colleges using the above criteria.
  • It is advisable to put in applications during the Autumn Term, allowing time to concentrate on your GCSE work.
  • You can apply for more than one college and training place – this does not commit you but keeps your options open.

The links below will take you to two helpful websites - The National Careers Service and Gov.UK Further Education and Skills Apprenticeships. Both contain a wealth of information which you may find useful when considering your future career.

National Careers Service

Apprenticeships