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Careers Information and Guidance

Careers Education

All students in Years 7 – 13 have the right to Careers Education and Guidance about the pathways and choices which are open to them.

This means students will be offered:

  • A programme of careers lessons at different times during Years 7 – 13
  • Open, fair, honest and impartial advice about all the routes open in education, work and training
  • Help to work out what will suit them best, how to make sensible decisions and what action they need to take.
  • The opportunity to learn skills and gain knowledge needed for their future
  • Access to a variety of work related learning opportunities

This will be provided by:

  • Careers Adviser, Form tutors and Heads of Year, External agencies

We measure the progress of our careers programme by impact data and the statistics around the number of NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) students, this is reviewed annually in July.

Post 16 Options

As part of the guidance given to students they will follow a comprehensive programme dedicated to post 16 education, employment and training options.  This will be delivered during Key Stage 4 and 5.

  • Advice on effective application and interview skills
  • Impartial careers guidance interview
  • College and University interview preparation
  • References
  • Academic achievement forecasts (based on school assessments)
  • CV preparation

What choices do students have after Year 11?

There are a range of options available after Year 11

  • Continuing with education at 6th form or college
  • Starting career related training (Apprenticeships, foundation learning)

All of these options have a range of entry requirements

College or sixth form?

What is the difference between going to college and attending a sixth form?

  • Colleges offer a wider range of courses for different abilities (motor mechanics, hairdressing, catering etc)
  • Sixth forms focus on more academic subjects, smaller environments, younger age groups, more tutor contact

Qualification levels and what they mean

  • Level 3- A levels, requiring five band 4+ grades including English and Maths
  • BTEC extended diplomas- (previously called BTEC nationals) in depth practical related study can lead to universities.
  • Level 2- courses requiring band 3 grades or higher, good stepping stones for level 3 courses. 
  • Level 1- For students with bands 1-2 grades 
  • Entry level- for students who need more time to improve on some basic needs

What choices do students have after year 13?

  • University
  • College
  • Higher level apprenticeships
  • Employment

Information, Advice and Guidance

Your son/daughter will receive information, advice and guidance throughout their time at Orchards Academy. This will help them to make informed decisions about their future. This will come through careers education lessons, assemblies and tutor time, through discussions with subject teachers and through 1:1 interviews as well as visits from employers and visits to higher education institutions.

To help with thinking about future pathways we encourage you to remember the following;

  • Have a back-up plan where possible
  • Be realistic of what can be achieved
  • Have a good understanding of up to date and relevant grades 
  • Apply early
  • Do lots of research using external resources

Resources for careers and education advice are;

Unifrog is a complete destinations platform that allows students to search for opportunities and make applications for their next steps






Careers Leader: Fiona Jakes  f.jakes@orchards-tkat,org  01322 665231