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 2020, 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 continuously 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.

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 Dr Deborah White, Head of Careers at for more information.


Contact Details


  • Vicarage Road
    Kings Heath
    B14 7QJ
General Careers Information and Resources


All About Careers


Prospects Graduate Careers

Target Careers

National Careers Service

Birmingham Career Service

Year 9 Options


Useful Resourses for Year 9 Options

  • Document full of useful links for you to help make your decisions.


  • Their videos include people talking about their own choices at 14 and their own personal career stories, covering a wide variety of jobs and sectors

Careers Insights

  • Links to career videos that give an insight into that career.


BBC Bitesize 

UCAS Explore Jobs


Post Year 11 Guidance and Resources



Raising the Participation Age

Information on Choosing A-Levels


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

Options Post 18




  • A guide to taking a gap year.

Year in Industry

  • Paid employment with major UK companies in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing.


Information on Degree and Apprenticeships


Apprenticeships Website

  • Use to search and apply for appropriate vacancies

National Minimum Wage

  • Guidance on the national minimum wage and what you are entitled to.

Rate My Apprenticeship

  • Useful information and apprenticeships vacancies

Degree-Apprenticeships (Infographic)

Degree apprenticeships advice All About School Leavers

Which? University Complete Guide to Higher and Degree apprenticeships

Find an apprenticeship

Amazing Apprenticeships

  • A guide to apprenticeships, and a search tool for finding vacancies.

Get My First Job 


A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships


Advice and Information on University/University Applications


Finding where and what to study, including a year out: 


UCAS Offer Calculator

  • This is designed to help you see what your chances are of receiving an offer to study a course of your choice, at a university of your choice, based on your predicted grades.

UCAS Conservatoires-

  •  Application process if you are applying for performing arts courses at conservatoires.

Which? University – 

  • Easy to use search facility, which can be filtered by predicted grades and other criteria. Profiles of almost 300 different UK universities and colleges and brings together a wealth of information that exists about full-time undergraduate courses, including the Guardian and Times league tables, official employment and satisfaction statistics and UCAS course information. Includes an A level explorer tool to help you discover the full range of degrees different A level subjects can lead to.

UK CourseFinder


  • Includes official data on each university and satisfaction scores in the National Student Survey, jobs and salaries after study and other key information for prospective students.


  • An informative guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance and all the things a student needs to know.

Apply to Uni

  • A range of advice and information upon applying to university.

Which? University A Level Explorer

Pure Potential – 

  • Has lots of useful information relating to higher education and includes a very useful section called “Events and Opportunities”, which includes details of opportunities that may interest you, such as masterclasses and conferences.

Prospects – 

  •  Guide to taking a gap year.

UCAS parents pages

UCAS Subject Guides

Which University parents pages

Independant Gap Advice

Getting in – 

  • Has a range of useful information, such as applying, open days and personal statements.


  • A higher education guide aimed at 13 to 16 year olds.

The Guardian – 

  • Links to league tables.

The Complete University Guide

Informed Choices –

  • Russell Group universities guide that helps you explore how A level choices link to future degree options, particularly at Russell Group universities.


Want to study abroad?

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.


Student Finance Help


Which University? Guide to student finance (downloadable resource)

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

Careers Ideas and Information
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 Policy Statement on Provider access 2020

Year 11 work experience

Work experience 2020 will take place between Monday 22 to Friday 26 June 2020

Year 11 Work Experience Careers Conference will be on Friday 19 June 8.30 am to 12.35 pm. Sixth Form induction day will be on Monday 29 June (8.45 am to 3.35 pm) Both days are mandatory for pupils intending to come back into sixth form in 2020.

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.


Link to Future Jobs video