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This is our IAG Page where you can find information about your future career pathways.  Please use this page along with the useful websites listed at the bottom to help you.

Post-16 Information for Parents/Carers and Students

Preparing for Post-16 courses can be an overwhelming and stressful experience for both students and parents. There are a lot of terms and qualifications types that you may have not come across before and that can be confusing.

Hopefully, the following guide will help to answer some of those questions. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Ollett, who will be able to answer your questions.

 

‘A’ Levels – Level 3 Qualifications

 ‘A’ Level qualifications are more academic in nature and focus on traditional study skills. They usually take two years to complete.

Entry requirements vary according to which Post-16 Provider students wish to apply for and which subjects they wish to study. Typically, students will be expected to have achieved 5 9-4 Grades including English and Maths. Many courses will ask students to have achieved a Grade 5 or above in the subject they wish to study.

From 2015, the Government introduced changes to ‘A’ Level subjects. These changes mean that the new reformed ‘A’ Levels will be ‘linear’, with all assessment undertaken at the end of two years of study.

The subjects that will be linear from 2015 are English Language, English Literature, English Language & Literature, the Sciences, History, Psychology, Art & Design, Business Studies and Computing.

The remaining subjects will continue as before, with students gaining half their marks assessed through the AS qualification in the first year of study. AS Levels are equivalent to half an A Level. Some students gain an AS qualification and then do not complete the second year to achieve an A Level.

Some Post-16 providers will ask students to select 4 A Level subjects. Some will ask students to select up to 5 A Level subjects.

Upon successful completion of a Level 3 qualification students will be in a position to go into the workplace or apply for University (Level 4) courses.

 

Vocational Courses

Vocational qualifications offer a more practical approach to learning that relates to specific jobs or industries e.g. childcare, business, sport.Unlike A Levels, there are different “Levels” of vocational qualifications.

 

Entry Level – Up to 1 Year

There are often no formal entry requirements for these courses, which are designed to provide students with essential life and study skills. Entry Level programmes can help prepare students to begin Level 1 Courses.

Level 1 – 1 Year

Level 1 qualifications are equivalent to GCSE 4-1 grades. Students will usually need to have gained 3 and 4 grades in their GCSEs to study a Level 1 programme.  Successful completion of Level 1 courses can allow students to progress to Level 2 courses.

Level 2 – 1 Year

Level 2 qualifications are equivalent to GCSE 9-5 grades. Students will usually be expected to have achieved at least four GCSEs at grade D or above to enrol on one of these programmes, although requirements can vary according to which Post-16 Provider students wish to attend.  Successful completion of Level 2 courses can allow students to progress to Level 3 courses.

Level 3 – 2 Years

Level 3 vocational qualifications are equivalent to three ‘A’ Levels so students will usually need to have achieved at least five GCSE passes at grade 5 or above to enrol on these programmes. However, requirements can vary according to which Post-16 Provider students wish to attend.  Upon successful completion of a Level 3 qualification students will be in a position to go into the workplace or apply for university courses, which are Level 4 and above.

 

Functional Skills:

These courses cover Maths, English and ICT (computer skills). Students are often instructed by colleges to complete Functional Skills in addition to their chosen courses if they haven’t gained the relevant GCSE pass grades 9-4

 

Apprenticeships – Level 2, 3 or 4 Qualifications

Apprenticeships allow students to earn while they learn. They combine on-the-job experience with college based study. Apprenticeships are Government-funded programmes.

However, students need to approach work places to arrange apprenticeships because many apprenticeships are not advertised until June / July. Students also need to ensure that the employer has, or is willing to establish, a formal relationship with a college for the college based study element of the Apprenticeship. Apprenticeships can be Level 2, 3 or 4. The entry  requirements vary considerably depending of the Level of the qualification.

Careers Education Plan

Year Group IAG Work to be Covered
7

 

 

 

Introduction to IAG/Careers Guidance

KCOM Business Partnership

Hull FC Visit (Y7-9)

Employers/Careers Fair (Y7-9)

KCOM WiME Talk to PP Pupils

National Careers Week

8

 

 

 

Business Enterprise Day

Mental Health Presentation

Employers/Careers Fair

Steps to Success Presentation

9

 

 

 

ACE Day – Aim Higher (PD Day 3) – Hull University Visit

Self Awareness Day – Youth Advice

Options Info – Tasters

Skills for Working Life Group (Taster)

“Steps to Success” Drama Presentation

Year 9 Options Evening (HETA Present)

10

 

 

 

PD Day 2 Workshops from East Riding (Study Skills, Exam Stress, Career Planning and Uni Applications)

PD Day Workshops – IAG (Post-16 Providers)

Careers/Banking/Budgeting – PD Day

Selby College Taster Visit

ER College Taster Visit

Skills for Working Life Group

Pupil Premium Pupils – Mentoring

YFS Involvement with “At Risk” students

Pupil interviews with employers.

11 PD Day 2 Workshops from East Riding (Study Skills, Exam Stress, Career Planning and Uni Applications)

Progression Event (October Yearly) – Specialist SEN group workshop

Assemblies – Post 16 Providers (York College, Bishop Burton, ER College, Wyke College)

Interviews with Jill Gates – YFS Careers Staff (Tuesday)

Skills for Working Life Group

Pupil Premium Pupils – Mentoring

YFS Involvement with “At Risk” students

Apprenticeship Visits to Bishop Burton and Harrogate

 

 

 

Mr. P Ollett

Assistant Headteacher | IAG & Careers Lead

Email: POllett@tmws.co.uk

Careers Education Team 2017/18

Rachel Davies – Careers Governor Link/Chair of Governors

Jason Poulston (Assistant Headteacher – PD Days, PP/Disadvantaged Champion)

Sue Tunstall – Careers Adviser

Mamta Joshi – (Learning Mentor/Careers Adviser/Work Experience Co-ordinator)

Claire McCall– (Learning Mentor/Careers Adviser/Careers Visits Co-ordinator)

Andrew Yeadon – HOY 7 – Careers Facilitator

Sarah Hall – HOY 9/10 – Careers Facilitator

Tracey Brice – HOY 8/11 – Careers Facilitator/Careers Child Protection

Kirsty Gemmell – SENCO/Careers Facilitator

Useful Careers Websites

There are a range of useful websites to help you research different careers and Post-16 Options.

National Careers Service

(information about college courses and a wide range of careers)

Log on Move On

(careers information and college applications for the Humber Region)

Apprenticeships

(information about apprenticeships, vacancies and how to apply for them)

Career Pilot

UCAS Progress

I Could

(film clips of jobs and ‘buzz quiz’)

Careers Box

(film clips of jobs)

Local Post-16 Providers & Career Options