Careers

Lesley Balchin
Head of Work Related Learning Second in PE Email- lesley.balchin10@fearnhill.herts.sch.uk

The Careers Faculty

Careers education is an integral part of the PSHE programme, with specific programmes for each year group.  The careers education programme aims to prepare students for working life after school and help them develop to their full potential.  Activities are aligned with the three main sections of the Career Development Institute’s framework for careers, employability and enterprise education:

  • Developing yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education
  • Learning about careers and the world of work
  • Developing your career management and employability skills

Visiting speakers, industrial mentors, industry days and visits are arranged throughout the year.

A comprehensive careers library is maintained in both the library and sixth form study area and students have access to Kudos, a web-based software programme with an information database and a questionnaire which can help students identify careers they may be interested in.

Students are also supported by Personal Advisers from YC Hertfordshire, in school on Mondays.  Advisers offer a drop-in session on Monday lunchtimes in the interview room on the first floor, when students in years 8-13 can seek advice on anything from options, employment, courses in further and higher education to drugs, health or relationships.  Students may also request confidential interviews.

All students in year 11 are offered an interview with a Personal Adviser to discuss their post-16 options.

For more information about the support offered by YC Hertfordshire visit the jobs & careers and advice & support pages of their website www.ychertfordshire.org

To request an appointment with the personal adviser, students should speak to Mrs Balchin or their form tutor



Year 7

In Year 7 students begin to explore the world of work and investigate the types of work and options available to them in the future. They are introduced to the questionnaire in Kudos – each student receives a personal user name and login which they can also use from home.



Year 8

Year 8 students are involved in the “Take Your Sons & Daughters to Work” day in the Autumn Term. Each student visits the work place with a relative/responsible adult. They have a booklet to fill in and guide them through the day with the aim of recording and sharing their experiences of the world of work when they return to school.



Year 9

In the spring term, Year 9 students receive individual guidance preparation for GCSE subject choices.  Senior staff interview students and parents to ensure they are fully informed about their options. All students take part in a “Changes and Choices” Option Day and are encouraged to use Kudos again.

The year 9 options booklet can be downloaded here

Useful websites for students include:

  • Kudos: cascaid.co.uk (please ask Mrs Balchin for a login if you do not have one or have forgotten your user name and password)
  • Icould – icould.com – videos and careers linked to subjects
  • PLOTR – plotr.co.uk – careers information, videos, sorted by career worlds
  • Which University – whichuniversity.co.uk – helps explain the importance of choosing the right GCSEs


Year 10

During Year 10, students are prepared for their week of work experience that takes place in the Spring Term.

Work Experience placements are organised and checked by YC Hertfordshire.  Students can search for placements on the Link2+ database  (http://hcc.learnaboutwork.net) – they will be given the Pin number when the database for Fearnhill School becomes live.

 



Year 11

In year 11, the school’s specialist careers and pastoral staff and advisers from YC Hertfordshire offer individual guidance interviews to all students in the year group to discuss their post-16 options: entry into the sixth form, entry to further education colleges, apprenticeships and other employment with training.

Please click here for the sixth form brochure

Other useful links include:

For general and careers information

  • Kudos: cascaid.co.uk (please ask Mrs Balchin for a login if you do not have one or have forgotten your user name and password)
  • Icould – icould.com – videos and careers linked to subjects

Help choosing A level subjects

  • Higher Ideas – helps identify the right subject choice for degrees. Please contact Mrs Balchin or Mrs Tant for login information – not sure what the web address for direct access is – Careersoft will advise.
  • Which University A-level explorer – for advice on picking the right A-levels and an A-level explorer tool – whichuniversity.co.uk
  • Russell Group Informed Choices – advice on which A-levels the Russell Group of Universities require for particular degree courses – http://russellgroup.ac.uk/for-students/
  • Moving on Qualifications guide

Colleges of further education

Apprenticeships, training and work

Students continue their Careers, Education and Guidance programme within their PSHE lessons in the sixth form.  Information and advice on options after 18 is available in the sixth form study area.

Useful websites for sixth form students include:

For careers information

  • Kudos: cascaid.co.uk (please ask Mrs Balchin for a login if you do not have one or have forgotten your user name and password)

Colleges of further education

Higher Education

  • Higher Ideas – helps identify the degree subjects linked to you’re a-level choices. Please contact Mrs Balchin or Mrs Tant for login information – not sure what the web address for direct access is – Careersoft will advise.
  • UCAS, the advice and application service for universities – ucas.com
  • Which University, what to study, were to go and how to get there – www.whichuniversity.co.uk
  • Student finance information – www.gov.uk/student-finance
  • Prospects, the graduate careers website includes information on ‘What can I do with a degree in …’ – prospects.ac.uk
  • University and college open day information – opendays.com

Apprenticeships, training and work

Year Out

  • The Year Out Group, with links to reputable gap year organisations – www.yearoutgroup.org

Please use the Tabs for students to find information relevant to their age group

Useful websites for parents and carers include:

 

To request a careers interview for your son or daughter, please contact Mrs Balchin