Careers in Key Stage 4

In Year 10

  • You will continue to use Kudos, an online careers resource. Kudos will give you all the information you need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach your career destination. If you are unsure of what careers you might be interested in, Kudos can give ideas based on what you like and dislike. You can also discover what careers your subjects can lead to. Kudos is packed with information on what employers are looking for, what you can earn and what qualifications you will need for a particular career.
  • You will start your preparation for work experience by creating a CV and personal statement.
  • You will undertake work experience for one week in July
  • You will take part in a variety of activities – e.g. university visits to see what life is like.

To access the Year 10 scheme of work please click here.

In Year 11

  • You will continue to use Kudos.
  • You will be given the opportunity of a one to one interview with the visiting Careers Adviser from Connexions Sandwell or Mr P Stafford

To access the Year 11 scheme of work please click here.

Options After Year 11

Sixth Form or College? BTECs or ‘A’ Levels?

There is no right or wrong answer to these questions, just a need to research all options. ‘A’ Levels are academic qualifications which you can study in a number of different subjects and are mainly examination based. Alternatively, BTECs tend to be more vocational and are mainly assessed through coursework.

When deciding where to study it is important to be realistic and to think about what course and environment will suit your learning style, ambitions and academic ability best. The Sandwell Council website provides information about your choices post-16 on its Keep on Learning After 16 Page

2020/2021 Information

2020/2021 University Entry

Prospectuses can be delivered to your doorstep. Just click onto www.prospectusfinder.co.uk to order a printed prospectus or view/download the online prospectus.

Students wishing to apply for Medical and Dental degree programmes should visit http://www.ukcat.ac.uk  for information on the UK Clinical Aptitude Test used in the student selection process

Open Days at University

Before attending please complete the pro forma in the Careers Department and pass onto your PT. Look at the Open Days Website for up-to-date information on University Open Days across the UK by institution or date order. www.opendays.com.

Want to go abroad to University?

Some students today go to study abroad rather than staying in England. For more information on this visit the Study Overseas website or the British Council website.

For advice on studying in the United States, visit the Fulbright Commission website.

Trouble with funding and grants for university?

We offer evenings about grants and loans for university, you may also find the following sites useful:

Careers Calendar

Calendar of things to do in Year 11

Autumn Term

  • Start your research and visit open days
  • Research the career in which you are interested. Find out what grades you need and what subjects are most suitable

Spring Term

  • Prioritise your choices
  • Apply for your chosen post 16 options. You can apply online
  • Make a backup plan
  • Be prepared to rethink your plans if your predicted grades change – they could go up as well as down
  • Prepare and attend interviews
  • Speak to your careers adviser if you are looking for an apprenticeship
  • Use www.apprenticeships.org.uk or www.indeed.co.uk to search and apply online for jobs and apprenticeships
  • If you are still unsure what to do, speak to your careers adviser or teachers

Summer Term

  • If you still have no plans, make an appointment to see your careers adviser
  • Check that you have received and confirmed the offer of a place in education or training – you can still apply if you haven’t done so yet
  • Think about getting some work experience or voluntary work in the summer holidays – you may even be able to get a job
  • GCSE results are published at the end of August. Collect them from school and enrol at your chosen place of education

Parental Support

How can I support my child?

  • Encourage your son or daughter to consider all options
  • Look through the sixth form and college prospectuses with your son or daughter to see what options are available
  • Research the entry requirements for the courses they are interested in, encouraging them to be realistic about their next steps
  • Encourage your son or daughter to think about their next steps, long-term future and how they will use the subjects they have chosen
  • Discuss your son’s or daughter’s career ideas with their Connexions personal adviser or careers staff
  • Discuss their subject choices with their teachers to find out how they are progressing and if taking the subject further would be a good idea
  • Attend sixth form and college open days and evenings with your son or daughter
  • Encourage them to take part in extracurricular activities, e.g. the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, participate in work experience and/or become a volunteer

Planning ahead

If your son or daughter has a statement of special educational need they will have a review of their statement every year. The purpose of the review is to make sure the young person’s needs are being met. The typical areas covered within the meeting include:

  • The support the young person needs in school
  • The young person’s career interests and future plans
  • The health and welfare needs of the young person

The young person, parents/carers and representatives from any other agency working with the young person will be invited to participate in the meeting.

When the young person comes to leave St Michael’s, a ‘moving forward’ plan will be completed. The plan is designed to provide any future education provider with details of the young person’s needs in order that they can continue to receive the same level of support at any other institution. Further information can be found at www.connexionssandwell.co.uk.

Increasing Employability

The Skills Employers Want

  • Verbal Communication: The ability to express your ideas confidently in speech
  • Written Communication: The ability to express yourself clearly in writing
  • Team Work: The ability to work effectively with other people
  • Problem Solving: The ability to offer solutions to problems
  • Time Management: The ability to be punctual, reliable and work to deadlines
  • Flexibility: The ability to adapt to changing situations
  • Planning and Organising: The ability to plan activities and carry them out effectively
  • Drive: The ability and determination to make things happen
  • Numeracy Skills: The ability to work with numbers
  • Honesty and Integrity: The ability to be honest and display a good character

For a guide on writing a curriculum vitae (CV), please click here.

Information on Student Finance