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Careers Policy

Careers lessons are taught to years 9, 10 and 11 with all classes accessing 1 period a week. Careers education encourages young people to prepare for their future lives. In developing career management skills, students will increasingly become aware of choices they and others are making in the preparation for the world of work after school. Careers is designed to promote discussion and reflection upon aspects such as personal development, coping with transition, lifelong learning and the meaning of work.

This subject develops decision making skills, preparing the pupils for work experience placements, and including health and safety in the work place. It focuses on the two main strands of employability; the initial preparation for employment and the skills for career management.

Through liaison with NYBEP (North Yorkshire Business Education Partnership) the students enjoy a number of careers visits to places of work in the local area as well as welcoming speakers to the school from various professions, to speak about the wide variety of jobs, courses, training and apprenticeships available.


To provide a series of learning experiences leading to work experience placements which promote:

  • A sense of self fulfillment through individual choices and self examination.
  • An awareness of the structure on modern day industry/ business.
  • An awareness of the choices open to them after school and before full time employment.
  • To give a realistic aspiration for future full time work through a series of 1 or 2 week placements.
  • To have an understanding about the health and safety issues in a variety of work situations.


Resources are planned wherever possible around the usual subject expenditures but take into account, college ‘uniform’, boots and overalls needed for work experiences and the financial implications of getting students to their placements.

Visits to a variety of work places are taken over the year, each of which is risk assessed beforehand and guest speakers invited to speak to the groups about their jobs/ experiences.  

An Independent Careers Specialist has been appointed to provide information, advice and guidance with relation to college placements, employment opportunities and apprenticeship scheme opportunities. The school work placement programme is coordinated by the Curriculum Support Administrator, who liaises with the Independent Careers Specialist to ensure that all work placements are linked into the student’s Careers Action Plan and whole school transition planning port-16.


Assessment in Careers is carried out in line with the whole school policies on marking, recording and reporting.

Qualification Pathways available to learners:

All students will follow a four modular AQA certificate in Preparation for Working Life level 1 & 2.

Exam board: AQA

Qualification code: 4900