Year 8/9 Choosing my options


You will be required to choose your GCSE options in year 9. You will study your GCSE courses for three years, between year 9 and 11.

It is important that you choose GCSE courses that you enjoy. In addition, you should think about your future and how your choices might impact your future studies and/or career.

During January of Year 9 you will have a lesson on Fast Tomato, the Careers package which the school subscribes to.

The following links might be useful in helping you with your choices. Success at school is a website that provides an overview of GCSE subjects and how they link to future careers.

The consumer rights and review organisation, Which? also offer guidance excellent advice about how GCSE choice affects university applications.

Year 10 Work Experience


Work experience takes place in the summer term of year 10, and the start of GCSE examinations is only slightly further away. During this time important, informed decisions have to be made about the future.

In January you will have a presentation which is designed to support students to make ambitious, yet sensible and well-informed choices. It will also show previous work experience placements and advice about approaching companies.

Why is Work Experience Important?


You might think that the only point of doing work experience is for CV fodder. You probably think you’ll just sit their twiddling your thumbs, or be given a stack of 2,000 envelopes to stuff, stamp and send. Although some work experience does involve doing menial tasks, it can still be very important.

Some work experience placements might even give you the opportunity to take on some really interesting and challenging responsibilities. There’s no doubt about it, work experience is incredibly important! However, if you still need convincing, we present to you our top ten reasons why you should do work experience:

One…In at number one: young people are more likely to be successful in their job hunt if they have done some good work experience. Fact.

Want some evidence? Well, over half of the graduate recruiters that took part in a recent research study by High Fliers said that, “graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organizations’ graduate programs.”

Two…If you haven’t got a clue what career you want to do, work experience is a perfect way to sample all the career options out there. It’s a way of exploring different jobs without actually committing to anything. You can dip your toe in the water without taking the full plunge.

Three…It’s the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry. You’ll get to speak to employees and ask them questions. You won’t know what it’s like until you get closer to the action.

Four…Doing work experience shows passion and interest. Evidence that you have done work experience shows the employer that you are motivated to get into a chosen career and that you’ve done your homework.

Five…If you’re floundering about and frankly aren’t that bothered about your career, work experience might just be the kick up the backside you need. If you do a variety of different work experience placements, you might find something you are passionate about and get motivated.

Six…Work experience gently introduces you to the world of work. You get to learn the dos and don’ts, get work place savvy and learn to navigate your way through the jungle of office politics. Vitally, it’ll give you an idea of the skills you might need to thrive in the workplace.

Seven…It’ll help you identify your own skills and perhaps even highlight the areas that you might want to work on. Ok, so we’re not going to go all ‘Gap Yaaah’ on you and tell you how it’ll totally “change your world view, man”, but it’ll definitely give you a good understanding of your strengths and weakness.

Eight…You might wow them so much that you’ll manage to wrangle yourself a job!

Nine…It’s all about networking, darling. It’ll help you build up contacts and, you never know, they might even give you a heads up about a future job or recommend you to another company.


And yes, work experience does give you something to put on your CV!

Choosing my post 16 choices


When you leave us at the end of year 11, you will be required to stay in education or training until the age of 18. There are a number of pathways that you could take. Please visit the UCAS website, to view a useful guide to what options you have after leaving School.

In January of Year 11 you will have a number of 1-1 interviews with Head of Careers, a member of SLT and other staff who will help in your choices.

In December of Year 11 you will have a lesson on Fast tomato which will revisits the careers that you may be interested in and what grades you will need at GCSE and at Level 3.

A career with the Armed Forces


When you leave us at the end of year 11, you will be required to stay in education or training until the age of 18. You may choose to pursue a career with the Armed Forces. The links below are great place to start to gain further information;

NHS Careers


The link below is a great way to get information on a health career within the NHS:

Considering university


Perhaps you are thinking about going to University to further your studies. The following links are a good starting point for you to look at what university life might be like. Furthermore, you can visit individual university websites and campuses to get more information about the courses that they offer. The UCAS website is a great source of information when thinking about applying for an undergraduate course at university. It also provides some great information about 16-18 choices. The Which? website and Success at School website provides further advice.

Websites and further information


You are encouraged to take responsibility for your future choices and to start reaching and planning your future. You should think about the following:

Self-Awareness- where am I now?

Career exploration- where do I want to be?

Career management- how do I get there?

You should use a range of websites to develop your knowledge and understanding of your post-16/career pathway. Use the links below to help with your research;

General Careers Advice

Fast Tomato Careers Software