GCSE Options Support
Picking your GCSE's can feel like a huge decision. There are lots of different factors to take in to account. The following resources will help you to make informed decision when picking subjects to study.
Questions to ask yourself when picking GCSEs:
SACU: an online tool which matches your interests to careers and study pathways.
Success at School Career Zone: tells you all you need to know, study and do to get jobs in different sectors.
Independent Careers Adviser
It is important that students are given impartial advice from a trained careers advisor. These 1-2-1 careers interviews are available for all students throughout the year.
Students in Year 11, 12 and 13 are scheduled appointments through the pastoral team.
Students not in these year groups who would like a careers interview should complete the above ‘Student Referral Form’.
Careers resources are available to students of all year groups in Careers Room and also in the library. These resources will help students to make informed choices at each transition point between key stages and information on how to prepare for life outside of education.
Whitefield Sixth Form work with Access Aspiration to provide students in key stage 5 access to employability training and aspirational work placements.
Through working with Access Aspirations students develop their skills, ideas and personal statements. They are provided with routes into work or are introduced to different career options.
Labour Market Information
Labour market information (LMI) can help you make an informed decision about your career.
LMI tells you:
- What jobs and skills employers are looking for
- Which industries are hiring and where they are located
- Where to find employers who are hiring
- What working conditions are like for specific industries
- What education and training you need for specific jobs
- Which job areas are growing in the future and other statistics
Click here to view information about the current Labour Market.
Using careerometer and reading ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ will give you up to date LMI to help you make informed decisions about your career.
What Do Graduates Do?
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you will;
- Work alongside experienced staff
- Gain job-specific skills
- Earn a wage and get holiday pay
- Study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
For more information please visit www.gov.uk
The careers and pastoral teams at Whitefield work closely together to ensure that all students are aware of apprenticeships. Relevant students are highlighted and supported with information and knowledge on how to apply for suitable apprenticeships.
The Whitefield School careers team use the Gatsby benchmarks as a framework to get the best careers provision in our school. We use these to evaluate and plan our programme.
Sixth Form Fayre
All students in years 8, 9, 10 and 11 take part in the sixth form fayre. This is an opportunity for students to spend time in the Key Stage 5 area and experience what life is like in the 6th from. They speak to KS5 teachers to learn about the courses on offer, have a Q & A session with current 6th formers and have a University insight session.
Partnership with BNP Paribas
The current Y11 cohort have had a long standing partnership with BNP Paribas for the last year and a half. They have delivered employability workshops to all of the year group developing soft skills, writing CV’s and taking part in mock interviews. The partnership has culminated with a visit to their Marylebone offices to take part in work shadowing.
Young Careers Day
This event is for students in years 7 and 8. Students meet representatives from a number of employers and apprenticeship providers, including some from the STEM sector, as well as higher education providers. This is an opportunity for students to to find out more about the options available to them after education in an informal environment.
Our Key Stage 4 vocational courses have study related careers activities. Examples of the activities include;
- Catering - Armed Forces catering site visit, hotel site visit, mock interviews
- Travel and Tourism - CV workshop and mock interviews
- Health and Social Care - Careers in the NHS workshop, NHS careers exhibition trip
- Active Sport - Careers talk and Q&A with professional football manager
Careers Access Policy
For the Whitefield School Careers Access Policy please click here.
We are always glad to hear from our alumni and welcome you back to school to share your journey with our current students. Please complete the alumni questionnaire here.
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