Careers Programme

At Bridgewater School our continuous Careers Programme forms an integral part of the Sixth Form tutorial system, enabling every student to receive one-to-one guidance and personalised advise regarding careers and Higher Education throughout their individual journey.  This is supported by continued enrolment to Morrisby, giving them access to impartial guidance from which their tutors develop an action plan tailored to the strengths and desires of each student.

 

What students can expect…

…in Year 12

  • A planned programme of careers education and guidance as part of the PSHE and enrichment curriculum
  • A discussion of the full range of options at 18
  • Completion of the Morrisby ‘Study Interests Questionnaire’
  • Joint parent / student information event regarding Higher Education and apprenticeships
  • Signposting and support on accessing and using career and course information
  • Visits to university and college open days
  • Annual Careers Fair featuring representatives from employers, training providers and Further and Higher Education institutions
  • Opportunities to attend careers talks and taster days with employers
  • Access to university widening participation events
  • Access to independent and impartial careers advisor via planned one-to-one appointments
  • Support for applications to competitive courses, Oxbridge and international universities
  • Continued development of employability skills
  • Participation in enterprise activities.

In Year 12 students take part in sessions for: ‘Options at 18′ – discussing options for employment, apprenticeships and education, ‘Choosing a Degree Subject’ – finding subject areas of interest, researching study topics, entry requirements and graduate destinations of interest, ‘Researching Degree Courses’ – conducting research into available degree courses, ‘Creating a UCAS Personal Statement’ – discovering what makes a great personal statement stand out and identifying evidence to begin writing their document, ‘Understanding the School Leaver and Graduate Jobs Market’ – raising awareness of the jobs market for students’ future careers, and ‘Job Search’ – gaining lifelong advice to make effective, efficient job searches, using online and personal techniques.

Bridgewater School Sixth Form Leadership team

…in Year 13

  • A planned programme of careers education and guidance as part of the PSHE and enrichment curriculum
  • Annual Careers Fair featuring representatives from employers, training providers and Further and Higher Education institutions
  • Opportunities to attend careers talks and taster days with employers
  • Support for applications to competitive courses, Oxbridge and international universities
  • Individual support with applications for Further and Higher Education courses, apprenticeships and employment
  • Mock interviews for upcoming academic or employment
  • Development of budgeting, student finance and independent living skills
  • Signposting and support on accessing and using career and course information
  • Access to independent and impartial careers advisor via drop-in sessions
  • Visits to university and college open days
  • Continued development of employability skills
  • Participation in enterprise activities.

In Year 13 students take part in sessions for: ‘Making Apprenticeship and Job Applications’ – giving the tools to make effective applications, ‘Successful Interviews’ – preparing students for interviews within the employment and education sector, and ‘Career Management for the Future – imparting lifelong skills to help students make career decisions confidently now and into the future.

 

Bridgewater School measures the effectiveness of careers and enrichment activities by considering both the attainment and the destinations of pupils. Success will be reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities, traineeships and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college.

Life does not happen to you, it happens for you so go, make something of it.


Class of 2019, now studying History at Nottingham Trent University

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