Careers

Core Offer for Every Pupil

Pupils at Mossbourne Community Academy engage in a programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance (CEIAG) from Year 7 up to Year 13. They have access to a range of resources and opportunities and dedicated staff are available to support them. The table below outlines the core activities offered to every student to support their Careers Education and form part of the academy’s stable careers programme.

Year 7

Spring Term:

  • Money Management – PSHCE Day
  • Personal Development Workshop – Identifying Career Goal
  • National Careers Week

Year 8

Spring Term:

  • Employer Panel – National Careers Week
  • Options Evening

Year 9

Autumn Term:

  • Into Uni pupils
  • Business in Focus Day

Spring Term:

  • Information on post-16 and post-18 pathways – National Careers Week
  • Year 9 Workplace Visits

Summer Term:

  • 12 pupils to participate in The Scholars Programme

Year 10

Autumn Term:

  • Morgan Stanley Mentoring

Spring Term:

  • Employer Carousel – National Careers Week
  • Schroder’s Mentoring

Summer Term:

  • Money Management – PSHCE Day
  • Thinking about careers – PSHCE Day

Year 11

Autumn Term:

  • Employability and Careers – PSHCE Day
  • One to One careers interview/application support

Spring Term:

  • One to One careers interview/application support

Summer Term:

  • One to One careers interview/application support

In addition to this, all pupils in Years 8 – 13 have the opportunity to receive independent and impartial careers guidance from our Careers Advisors, Mr Edwards and Ms Grey. There are also additional trips, visits and events that are organised by learning areas each academic year.

Careers Information Advice & Guidance

During their time at the academy, all pupils will have the opportunity to engage in Career Education Information Advice and Guidance. Whether the activity is a Careers Assembly, a Careers Workshop or a Careers  event on PHSCE Day, our aim is to provide each student with the support they need to make choices for their future. We are aspirational for our pupils and so expose them to aspirational career paths whilst equipping them with the qualifications and skillset to realise their ambitions.

We encourage you as parents and carers, to support your child in making decisions about their future choices. Please use the hyperlinks to the websites that we frequently use with students.

To view your child’s progress Gatsby Benchmarks with careers education log into Grofar

https://auth.grofar.com/

Each child has their Grofar login on the careers page of their planner

Looking for a range of Post 16 providers? Use UCAS Progress to find the most suitable local opportunities

https://www.ucasprogress.com/search

To find out more about a specific job use these links to explore job profiles. If you are not sure about choosing a career pathway use a careers diagnostic test which you will also find on these sites

https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk

https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/

https://icould.com/

Careers Jargon Buster

Here are some frequently used acronyms, keep them in mind while investigating careers OCN Open College Network. OCR Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations.

  • Sixth Form – The term ‘sixth form’ describes the final two years of school referred to as Years 12 and 13
  • Sixth Form College – A college for pupils in their final years of secondary education, starting at the age of 16
  • Further Educational College – The general further education colleges in England, which provide high-quality technical and professional education and training for young people, adults and employers
  • Apprenticeship – An apprenticeship allows you to combine paid work and study by combining on-the-job training with classroom learning
  • Internship – The position of a student, or a trainee, who works in an organisation, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification
  • Supported Internship – A Supported Internship enables young people aged 16 – 24 with a statement of SEN, or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace
  • Entry Level 1-3 Courses – Provide basic knowledge and skills ability to apply learning in everyday situations and may not be geared towards specific occupations
  • Level 1 – GCSE grades 1-3, BTEC Introductory Diploma
  • Level 2 – GCSE grades 4-9, BTEC First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, City & Guilds Level 2
  • Level 3 – A Levels, Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary/Extended Diploma/NVQ Level 3
  • GCSE  – GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. The qualification is highly valued by schools, colleges and employers, so will be useful whatever you are planning to do afterwards
  • BTEC – BTEC qualifications are specialist work-related qualifications, combining practical learning with subject and theory content
  • CACHE – CACHE qualifications are qualifications awarded by the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education
  • A Levels – A (Advanced) level qualification focus on traditional and academic study skills. They normally take two years to complete, full-time, and are largely assessed by examinations at the end of the two year course
  • Post 16 Options – Choices about Employment or training after completing Yeaer 11
  • STEAM – STEAM fields are science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, or applied mathematics. STEAM is designed to integrate STEM subjects into various relevant education disciplines.

Qualification Levels

Understanding qualification levels can be confusing at times. Visit the link below for an overview of UK qualification

https://www.gov.uk/what-different-qualification-levels-mean/list-of-qualification-levels