Careers education, information, advice and guidance for pupils from year 7 to 13

We  provide a structured programme of activities to inform, inspire and motivate our pupils towards their future careers. We aim to help them understand where different education and training decisions could take them and our provision is guided by the eight benchmarks  identified in the Gatsby ‘Good Career Guidance’ report . As detailed in our Pupil, parent and carer entitlement statement for Careers 2018, all of our pupils have access to:

  • A stable careers programme delivered through PSHE and through the curriculum from years 7 to 13 that equips them to make effective use of careers information, advice and guidance and to develop career management and employability skills. We continously evaluate the programme using feedback from pupils, teachers, employers and parents and publish an annual review each September.
  • Current career and labour market information via a well-stocked careers library and online resources with support to interpret the information from our Head of Careers Dr Deborah White.
  • Advice and support which is tailored to the needs of each pupil and demonstrates a commitment to equality and diversity.
  • Teaching staff who are able to link curriculum learning to careers.
  • A range of meaningful encounters with employers and employees through a programme of skills workshops including interview and enterprise skills and mock interview practice, work shadowing, visits and events facilitated by inspiring professionals.
  • A structured work experience scheme in year 11 that consists of 5 days in the workplace and a work experience conference led by business and industry experts. Some of our students are able to take part in work placements in Germany through our long standing German exchange arrangements.
  • Regular encounters with further and higher education. We run higher education and professional careers workshops, an annual H.E. Fair, facilitate visits to university open days and take part in a range of higher education led activities such as specialist lectures, competitions and masterclasses.
  • Personal guidance – impartial one to one advice and guidance is delivered in years 11 and 12 during the spring term, by professionally qualified careers consultants. Students with special educational needs and disabilities also have access to additional support from a specialist Careers Consultant.

You can contact the Careers Department by telephone on 0121 444 3188 ext. 6670 or email the Head of Careers Dr Deborah White –

School pupils trying CPR at a healthcare careers day

3 school boys extracting DNA from a strawberry

Pupils at Healthcare Science day at University Hospital Birmingham

Useful careers resources

Options in year 9

Useful resources for Year 9 options

Gov.UK Guide to the new GCSE grading system

General career research

All about careers

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Prospects graduate careers

Target careers

National careers service

Information on choosing A’ level subjects

Target Careers – What A’ level subjects should I choose?

Which?University -What A levels do you need for the degree you want to study?

Cambridge advice ‘The subject matters’

Russell Group Universities advice on subject choices

Informed Choices

Information on degree and higher apprenticeships


Degree apprenticeships advice All About School Leavers

Which? University Complete Guide to Higher and Degree apprenticeships

Find an apprenticeship

Amazing Appenticeships

A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships

Advice and information on university choices

UCAS parents pages

UCAS Subject Guides

Which University parents pages

Online employability resources for pupils

Future Learn How to succeed at writing applications (MOOC)

Future Learn – Getting ahead at university (MOOC)

Barclays Lifeskills

Pure Potential – employer led webinars, events and opportunities across various career sectors for years 11 to 13.

Ultimate Guide to university admission interviews – a new resource from Eton College.

Information on student finance

Student Finance England

Which University? Guide to student finance (downloadable resource)

Money Saving Expert – Martin Lewis’s guide to student Finance

Help to set careers advice in context

 What do graduates do? annual survey report of graduate destinations six months after completing a degree.

Want to be part of our careers programme?

We are always looking for volunteers from the world of work to get involved in our careers education and work related curriculum. If you would like to discuss the ways in which you or your organisation could be involved please contact Kay Bevan, Careers Officer at for more information.

Year 13 Mock interview evenings Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 November 2018 7 pm to 9 pm


Interviews are an important part of the selection process for some university courses and all degree apprenticeships.  To help you prepare we can offer anyone in year 13 who would like one, a mock interview with a panel of professionals including those with expertise in your chosen subject or occupation. Even if you are unlikely to be interviewed for a university place, this is still good practice for the future.

If you would like a mock interview you will need to complete this application form.  Forms should be emailed to Ms Bevan: The deadline for submission is midnight on Sunday 14 October 2018.  Applications received after this point will not be considered. You will be emailed your mock interview appointment date and time week beginning 22 October giving you half term week to prepare.

Read this Mock interview support pack to help you make your application and prepare for your interview.

Provider Access policy

As of January 2018 schools have a statutory responsibility to publish their policy on access to school for education and training providers. If you would like to come into school to raise awareness of your school, college, training or employment opportunities please read our Provider Access Policy 2018

Year 11 work experience

Work experience 2018 will take place between Monday 24 to Friday 28 June 2019

Year 11 Work Experience Careers Conference will be on Friday 21June 8.30 am to 12.35 pm. Sixth Form induction day will be on Monday 1 July (8.45 am to 3.35 pm) Both days are mandatory for pupils intending to come back into sixth form in 2019.

Here is the school Letter Headed paper if you need it for your covering letters.

Year 12 work experience

We actively encourage year 12 pupils to undertake work experience to support their career aspirations and generally expect that placements will be undertaken during school holiday time.  We do however understand that some placements have to be completed during term time.  If you have been offered a placement in term time you must seek approval to attend from Dr White by completing a Work experience approval form for Y12. Your placement will also then be health and safety checked.

Local sixth form and college open days

If you are interested to find out more about local sixth forms and colleges then this useful guide from Birmingham Careers Service has details of open days and events for 2018 entry.

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