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Sixth formers receive interview practice and comprehensive advice on university entrance.

ISI 2013

Careers

Our aim is to stimulate interest and to facilitate decision-making by pupils at an appropriate age and at each major stage of their development.

We hope that the career choices they make as they leave Plymouth College are the best they possibly can be at that stage of their lives and that they are prepared to deal with future changes and decisions. This is done by following the principles of the Gatsby Career Benchmarks which is renowned internationally as well as within the UK.

These principles are:

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

This programme begins within Key stage 3 whereby pupils are encouraged to think about their futures and be inspired. It starts with a Morrisby aspirations questionnaire followed by an interactive day with people in particular roles. Some of the most popular interactions have included being a barrister in court (in a classroom setting), taking blood from a dummy arm and being a sports news presenter with the BBC.


Years 10 – 11: The College uses the Morrisby psychometric test prior to GCSEs. Following the test, each pupil receives an interview with their tutor or member of the Careers staff to discuss their thoughts on what the test has shown; the potential careers suggested and what this may mean for post-16 and Higher Education.

Regular visits are made by careers liaison officers from all of the Armed Forces to offer information to pupils from Year 10 upwards. Sixth Form: A comprehensive service is offered by many including careers staff, tutors, the Head and Deputies of the Sixth Form and the Deputy Head. Potential Oxbridge candidates are identified early and appropriate support offered.


Lower Sixth: This is a year where students are encouraged to prepare for application and entry into Higher Education by broadening their awareness of possible courses and areas of interest. Lower Sixth Students are encouraged to join the Young Enterprise Scheme and/or the Engineering Education Scheme - both of which are run in school. The College also encourages pupils to attend careers experience courses. All Lower Sixth pupils are taken to visit the UCAS university roadshow. A major element of the Careers Programme is Work Experience, which must be done in the student’s free time or holiday time, enabling pupils to develop key skills and sample the real world of work. In September 2018, we have subscribed to the renowned university/careers advice hub (Unifrog) for our Lower Sixth.


Upper Sixth: This year builds upon the work done in the Lower Sixth. A skills workshop and a practice interview system prepare pupils for visits to, and interviews at, university. Personal statements are written and applications submitted. Advice is given on gap years, sponsorships, scholarships, other career routes and all other aspects of moving on from school. The programme is very bespoke according to the individual needs and aspirations of the students.

Sixth formers receive interview practice and comprehensive advice on university entrance.

ISI 2013
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