KS4 Careers Years 10 & 11

In year 11 you will need to make some important decisions about your future pathways.

Are you considering staying on at Sixth Form to study A levels, or are you planning to go to college to study a vocational course alternatively you may be considering joining the labour market and like the idea of starting an Apprenticeship?  Exploring your career ideas can really help you decide which would be the best pathway for you.  

In addition to the careers activities which you will cover in Citizenship lessons you might also want to talk through your ideas and future plans with a professional careers adviser. One to one appointments can be made by calling in at the careers office or by asking your tutor to request one for you. 

To help generate career and degree course suggestions linked to your skills and interests why not complete the Spartan Test on SACU www.sacu-student.com

Finding out more about the career sector you would like to work in is an important part of career planning. It can help answer questions such as:-

  • Is it a thriving sector or does the economic environment mean there are likely to be closures or redundancies.
  • Is the area a growth sector and are new jobs predicted in the future?
  • Are there local opportunities for this type of employment?

The following websites will help me to find out more about the labour market:- Nomis – Official Labour Market Statistics www.nomisweb.co.uk Graduate Prospects www.prospects.ac.uk and LMI For All www.lmiforall.org.uk

LMI For All www.lmiforall.org.uk  is an online data portal, developed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, which brings together existing national sources of high quality labour market information (LMI) that can help  inform your choices about careers.  



Career options

  • Research the graduate level Job Profiles available on the Prospects website www.prospects.ac.uk   
    Find out what the jobs involve and what qualifications, skills and qualities you will require to do that job?


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Advice on choosing your A levels

  • Choose the best A levels for your future, whether you want to go to university or get an Apprenticeship after school or college: https://targetcareers.co.uk/careers-advice/a-level-choices
  • Maybe consider studying “Facilitating A levels” as these subjects leave the most options open for students. The facilitatingsubjects are maths and further maths, physics, biology, chemistry, history, geography, modern and classical languages, and English literature.  Check out the Russell Group website for further information. www.russellgroup.ac.uk/policy/publications/informed-choices/
  • Planning to go to university? If so why not research degree course entry requirements as this will help to ensure you are making the right choices. www.ucas.com
  • Why not check out the range of A levels available to study at St Peters High School Sixth Form www.stpetershigh.net

College courses:

If you enjoy a vocational style of learning which is more practical and hands-on and you have a good idea of the career sector you would like to pursue, you may like to find out more about the range of courses and apprenticeships available at local Colleges. Check out their wide range of courses on-line or by attending a college open event.  You may want to keep your options open and apply to more than one college or sixth form.  You can always turn down the offer of a place if you change your mind. 

Gloucestershire College www.gloscol.ac.uk   Hartpury College www.hartpury.ac.uk   South Gloucestershire and Stroud College www.sgscol.ac.uk


Advice for students interested in Higher Education

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Advice for students interested in Higher Education

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