St Louis Grammar School
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Careers Curriculum Overview


The careers curriculum is an important part of the statutory curriculum in Northern Ireland. As such, in St. Louis, the CEIAG department has planned a robust, up to date and relevant careers curriculum which is reviewed yearly.


Year 10:

Commencing in Year 10, all pupils undertake a coordinated sequence of activity based lessons to prepare for GCSE subject choices. Pupils will learn the basic concepts of Personal Career Planning (PCP) and will explore several possible careers choices within their individual PCP. In the latter part of the year, all pupils work on basic skills for employability. Every pupil is interviewed by a member of the Careers Department to review GCSE subject choices.

The table below outlines the topics covered throughout the year:

Topic 1: Start thinking Careers


Topic 2: Qualities and Values


Topic 3: Career Language and Skills


Topic 4: Careers Software


Topic 5: Will I go to University?


Topic 6: Labour Market Information


Topic 7: Decision Making


Topic 8: Gender inequality


Topic 9: Skills in Depth- Time Management


Topic 10: Skills in Depth- Communication


Topic 11: Skills in Depth- Teamwork


Topic 12: Skills in Depth- Problem Solving


Topic 13; Battle of the Uni’s



Year 11:

The aim of year 11 Careers lessons is to make pupils more prepared for the world of work. There is a focus on being able to research and get accurate up-to-date Careers information and Labour Market Information.

By the end of year 11 students will:

-         Be more prepared for the world of work.

-         Be more familiar with skills and qualities that are needed for the world of work.

-         Know what is involved in different jobs/courses and how you could follow a particular career.

-         Know about the choices available to you.

-         Be more prepared when applying for jobs.



The table below outlines the topics covered throughout the year:

Topic 1 Year 10 overview and Introduction to Year 11.

Topic 2: Job Hunting

Topic 3: The Qualification Framework

Topic 4: CV’s, Application Forms and Covering Letters

Topic 5: Interviews

Topic 6: Higher Education/Further Education/ Work/ Apprenticeship/Higher Apprenticeships

Topic 7: Course Research

Topic 8: University Life


Year 12:

In year 12 the careers curriculum allows students to identify the main aspects of careers to identify the stages involved in AS subject choices. The curriculum prepares students for their CEIAG interview and allows them to take into consideration the implications of this. The aim of the curriculum is to fully investigate all post 16 and 18 options and ease transition into post 16 education. The curriculum encourages students to undertake initial planning for post 16 choices with back up plans in place. Students get the opportunity to accumulate evidence and present their progress file The following topics are covered in year 12:


Topic 1: Careers overview

Topic 2: Personal Career Plan

Topic 3: Labour Market Information

Topic 4: Where should I go after year 12?

Topic 5: Where could I go post 18?

Topic 6: My Personal Career Plan for my Progress File.

Topic 7: The qualification framework

Topic 8: My Back up plan

Topic 9: Preparing for Careers Convention

Topic 10: Interviews

Topic 11: Study Skills



Year 13

All pupils undertake a programme which involves guidance interviews, work placement, university visits and talks from visiting speakers. Particular attention is paid to the online process for university application, with all pupils receiving detailed instruction and assistance. Year 13 pupils visit a major careers convention which is attended by numerous UK universities. Course and pathway comparisons form a major part of the year 13 curriculum.

The following topics are covered in year 13:


Topic 1: Career Progress Review

Topic 2: Interpreting a prospectus

Topic 3: My five UCAS courses choices

Topic 4: Comparing my UCAS courses

Topic 5: What do graduates do?

Topic 6: Student Experiences of Universities

Topic 7: CAO

Topic 8: Higher Apprenticeships

Topic 9: St. Mary’s University College, Belfast

Topic 10: Foundation Degrees

Topic 11: Personal Statements

Topic 12: CV’s


Year 14

This year is fundamental when considering post 18 options. Students complete and submit the various applications for third level applications. Once the students have applied, the focus shifts to ensuring the pupils are prepared for their next step.

The following topics are covered in year 14:

Topic 1: UCAS forms

Topic 2: Personal statements

Topic 3: Application review

Topic 4: Starting applications

Topic 5: Results day

Topic 6: University accommodation

Topic 7: Interviews

Topic 8: Mid-year review

Topic 9: Gap Years

Topic 10: Student Finance



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