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Career Planning

At Bradley Stoke Community School, we provide a comprehensive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme for every year group.

Most people spend many years of their life in a working environment and it is therefore important to equip our students with the necessary skills for them to make decisions about their future, to know how and where to access information and to link subject areas and qualifications with possible careers.

Good quality Careers Education will raise the aspirations of and help our students to become effective career planners and managers of their own progression through learning and work. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life Post 16 and Post 18. By providing quality information, advice and guidance, our aim is to raise students’ aspirations and ambitions for their futures and increase confidence, whilst offering equality of opportunity for all. 

 The school regularly benchmarks itself against the Gatsby Benchmarks using the Compass Tool.

The Careers Lead in school is Mrs Lauren Stone tel. 01454 868840

Careers Education, Information and Advice Journey for Students - June 2020 (reviewed annually)

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Government Advice

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Post 16

In Year 12 & 13 information, guidance and advice is delivered through the core programme, tutor sessions, talks from a range of external agencies and one-to-one support from a designated Post 16 Learning Mentor. The majority of our students go to university after completing their post 16 studies and in preparation for this students attend the UCAS convention, a university open day, a UCAS applicant event and a wide range of other events, including summer schools, access courses run by Bristol University, Oxbridge conferences and a variety of taster days.

Below are some useful links to support students with these choices.

Higher Education

http://www.ucas.com   Website run by the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.  Provides information about courses, how and when to apply to university to apply to university

www.unistats.direct.gov.uk  The official website for comparing UK higher education course data

http://www.ukcoursefinder.com   A range of useful information including a study interests questionnaire to help identify appropriate course options

www.prospects.ac.uk  Graduate careers website, includes information about what kind of career your degree course might lead to

www.opendays.com    The university and college open day directory

www.bestcourse4me.com  Shows the link between what people study at University and the jobs they go into afterwards 

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk  University Subject League Tables and information about studying overseas

www.push.co.uk  An independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days and student finance.

www.gov.uk/student-finance A guide to student finance – how and when to apply

Other Post 18 Opportunities

 www.careerpilot.org.uk  Information about Post 18 options

www.justgohigher.co.uk    Information about Higher Apprenticeships

www.gapyear.com   The world's largest gap year social network

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk  Information about jobs, apprenticeships, gap year and educational opportunities

 UCAS website


Other Useful Websites

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx - Careers advice

Career Pilot - Plan your future work and study

icould Careers - Providing an excellent introduction to career pathways

Lifetracks - Careers advice age 14+

BTEC Parents' guide

National Careers Service - Impartial advice