Mrs L Wright – Careers Co-ordinator
Mr A Cathcart – Assistant Careers Co-ordinator (UCAS)
Mrs N Gault – Assistant Careers Co-ordinator (UCAS)
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is a planned programme in the curriculum that gives our pupils the knowledge and skills for planning and managing their careers. The foundations of CEIAG are:
- Careers Information – including learning options, skills, occupations, labour market information and progression routes
- Careers Advice and Guidance – personalised help from specialist advisers to identify long-term goals and plan steps to attain them
- Work-Related Learning – experiences within and outside of the curriculum that help students learn about economic well being, careers and enterprise
At Key Stage 3 pupils embark on a programme of skills and knowledge development that continues through to Key Stage 5. The focus of learning at Key Stage 3 is on skills and qualities, introducing careers management, work in the local and global sector, enterprise and entrepreneurship and the changing world of work. Prior to making their subject choices for GCSE, pupils are given the opportunity to investigate a growing career area and are given personalised information the help them select appropriate GCSE or vocational programmes.
Key Stage 4 pupils learn more about business and customer awareness, enterprise through working as a team, job application skills and personal career planning. Students also have the opportunity to participate in work experience and mock interviews. The Careers Service personnel provide students with group and one to one careers advice on Post Key Stage 4 options. Parents are most welcome to attend this interview. The school is support by a range of employers for both work experience and selection processes.
At Key Stage 5 the focus is on personal career planning, labour market trends, career management, potential Further and Higher Education courses, CVs, job application skills and the completion of Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE). UCAS application techniques are offered for those wishing to progress to university, whilst all pupils will have the opportunity to hear guest speakers, participate in job market workshops and benefit from personal careers planning interviews.
The Junior Academy at QUB offers pupils in Years 9-14 the opportunity to learn more about Higher Education and life at university. The programme aims to develop decision making skills so that young people are equipped with the appropriate information to make informed educational and career choices, it helps them to develop their academic skills and supports attainment.
Our Year 9 pupils have just embarked on year one of their programme which involves a Welcome Event at Queen’s University.
In Year 10 the pupils will be invited to take part in various taster day events, such as the Medicine, Health and Life Science.
In Year 11 pupils are given two study skill days and our Year 12 students are involved in two support days in Mathematics and English.
In Year 13 pupils can become involved in the three day residential at Queen’s University Belfast and in Year 14 students are invited to ‘Shadow a for student day’.
Students interested in Law can apply to the Living Law Programme in Year 13. A wide range of speakers are invited to school to support the work of the Careers department such as the Nuffield Science placement projects. All students on a two year programme in Year 13 can participate in work experience.
Through the schools involvement in the Area Learning Communities (ALC), Year 14 students applying to Nursing and Midwifery can have specific support for their interview as part of their application process (Multiple Mini Interview)
Click here to read more about the Girls’ Model links with QUB from a parent and pupil perspective.