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Careers

Careers Programme of Study: Year 10-14

 

Within our discreet Careers timetabling we cover all the statutory learning outcomes. The department particularly focus on the importance of Labour Market Information.

Please peruse what we intend your child to study within Careers lessons.

 

Year 10 Careers

 

Title

Learning Outcomes

Lesson 1

Start thinking careers

·         Receive an introduction to Careers education

·         Discuss the salaries for certain jobs

Lesson 2

Qualities and values

·         Self-analyse my values and beliefs

·         Be able to make links between job ideas and values

Lesson 3

Career language and skills

·         Self-analyse my skills

·         Be able to make links between job ideas and skills

Lesson 4

Careers software

·         Examine all the available information on a particular job

·         Identify the key features of this job

·         Identify the qualifications pathway to this job

·         Make a judgement on my suitability for this job. 

Lesson 5

Will I go to university?

·         Interpret and use a prospectus.

·         Be aware of the specific GCSE/A-Level subject requirements for courses I may be interested in.

Lesson 6

Labour Market Information

·         Be aware of what Labour Market Information

·         Analyse and interpret Labour Market Information. 

Lesson 7

Decision making

·         Develop a decision making strategy which can be used for GCSE subject choices

·         Identify and evaluate alternative solutions to this problem

·         Learn how to select the best solution. 

Lesson 8

Gender inequality

·         Be aware of some common gender misconceptions.

·         Be able to form opinions based upon gender stereotypes. 

Lesson 9

Skills in Depth – time management

·         Understand that it is important to manage my time

·         Be aware that poor time management can lead to stress

Lesson 10

Skills in Depth – communication

·         Know that communication is important in the workplace

·         Understand why communication is important in the workplace.

Lesson 11

Skills in Depth – team work

·         Know that teamwork is important in the workplace

·         Understand why teamwork is important in the workplace

Lesson 12

Skills in Depth – problem solving

·         Know that problem solving is important in the workplace

·         Understand why problem solving is important in the workplace

Lesson 13

Battle of the Unis

·         Think about universities across the water

·         Think about universities in the ROI

 

 

Year 11 Careers

 

Title

Learning Outcomes

Lesson 1

Year 10 overview and Introduction to Year 11. 

·         Review Year 10 Careers

·         Receive an overview to Year 11 Careers

Lesson 2

Job Hunting

·         Awareness if the different sources from which to obtain job vacancies

·         Know what information will be given in a job vacancy advertisement

·         Access current Labour Market Information

Lesson 3

The Qualification Framework 

·         Obtain an overview of the qualifications framework

·         Identify where each qualification can be obtained

·         Identify the framework elements which are personally most relevant

Lesson 4

CV's Forms and Covering Letters 

·         Understand what a CV is and what it is used for

·         Know what information is required for a CV

·         Create a CV

·         Know what a cover letter is

·         Create a cover letter

Lesson 5

Introduction to my options

·         Awareness of my post-16 options

·         Be aware of the importance of working towards these

Lesson 6

Higher Education

·         Be more aware of my options post-18

·         Consider the viability of options post-18

Lesson 7

UCAS and Course research

·         Awareness of our local universities

·         Know what UCAS is

·         Look up university prospectuses and analyse courses offered

Lesson 7

Interviews

·         Understand the importance of interview preparation

·         Awareness of aspects of interview technique

·         Be aware of what the interviewer will be looking for and what questions might be asked

 

 

Year 12 Careers

 

Title

Learning Outcomes

Lesson 1

Careers overview

·         Identify the main aspects of careers education for Year 12

·         Identify the stages involved in AS subject choices

·         Ease transition into Post-16

·         Undertake initial planning for Post-16 choices

Lesson 2

Personal Career Planning resources

·         Identify a range of resources which can be used to access information for PCP

·         Identify the resources which are likely to be most useful

·         Identify which resources are best suited to particular tasks

Lesson 3

Labour Market Information

·         Awareness of LMI factsheets

·         Know where to access LMI factsheets

·         Find out the important facts for two important job sectors

·         Decide if these facts have any relevance to future career plans

Lesson 4

Where could I go after Year 12?

·         Be more aware of my options after Year 12

·         Consider the viability of other options other than sixth form

Lesson 5

Where could I go post 18?

·         Be more aware of my options post 18

·         Consider the viability of options post 18

Lesson 6

My Personal Career Plan for my Progress File

·         Consider progress in school subjects and their relevance to long term career choices

·         Consider any other aspects which could influence career choice

·         Determine basic information on two different careers

·         Establish one or two qualifications pathways which will lead to career choice(s)

·         Investigate further and higher education courses

·         Identify GCSE grades which will be required to access further or higher education choices

·         Devise an action plan to ensure that target grades are attained

Lesson 7

The Qualification Framework

·         Obtain an overview of the qualifications framework

·         Identify where each qualification can be obtained

·         Identify the framework elements which are personally most relevant

Lesson 8

My back-up plan

·         Understand the importance of a back-up plan

·         Identify all my post-16 options

·         Have a plan in place in case my first choice falls through

 

 

Year 13 Careers

 

Title

Learning Outcomes

Lesson 1

Review of Careers provision: where am I now?

·         Review provision for Year 13

·         Review progress in Personal Career Planning

·         Review future plans and academic targets

·         Compile an action plan for lower sixth

Lesson 2

Interpreting a prospectus

·         Learn how to use a prospectus

·         Begin to understand the key words used

Lesson 3

My Five UCAS course choices

·         Learn more about the courses I could do at university

Lesson 4

Comparing my UCAS choices

·         Learn about the website UNISTATS and how to use it to compare courses

·         Awareness of the websites useful to making career decisions

·         Compare and contrast courses

Lesson 5

What do graduates do?

·         Look at government statistics to uncover what the graduates do in my chosen course area

Lesson 6

Students experiences of Universities

·         Listen to the views of students who have ‘been there, done that’

·         Understand that the information researched will be biased as it is the students own experience

Lesson 7

CAO

·         Learn about the CAO process

·         Research a CAO option

Lesson 8

Higher Apprenticeships

·         Learn about higher apprenticeships

·         Decide whether this is a possible route for me

Lesson 9

St Mary’s University College

·         Learn about another application avenue other than UCAS and CAO

Lesson 10

Foundation Degrees

·         Know what a foundation degree is

·         Decide if it is something I could apply for

Lesson 11

Personal Statements

·         Learn how to write a personal statement

Lesson 12

CVs

·         Understand what a CV is and what it is used for

·         Know what information is required in a CV

·         Make out a CV for yourself

·         Be aware that sometimes an Application Form is used instead of a CV

 

 

Year 14 Careers

 

Lesson

Learning Outcomes

Lesson 1

UCAS

·         Be aware of a possible structure of the online UCAS form

·         Create a username and password

·         Develop the ability to independently work on the UCAS application form

Lesson 2

Personal Statements

·         Be aware of a possible structure for your Personal Statement

·         Create a first draft for each section of your Personal Statement

·         Develop the ability to proofread the Personal Statement

Lesson 3

University applications review

·         Consider current progress with university applications to UCAS, CAO, St. Mary’s College

·         Be aware of the next stages which will occur and next steps to be taken in the application cycle

·         Understand the use of UCAS Track to monitor applications and submit responses

·         Understand types of UCAS Acceptances and UCAS Extra

Lesson 4

Starting University

·         Consider reasons why some students do not complete their university course

·         Be aware of sources of help for university students

·         Consider what preparations must be made before starting university

·         Consider what to bring with you to university

Lesson 5

Results Day

·         Be aware of university procedures for publishing decisions

·         Understand why it is vital to be available during the decisions period

·         Understand how to interpret the terms used for decisions

·         Know how to respond to different scenarios during the decisions period

Lesson 6

University accommodation

·         Consider the advantages of living at home and at university

·         Consider the advantages of private rented and university accommodation

·         Explore some aspects of accommodation arrangements at the local universities

Lesson 7

Interviews

·         Consider the importance of an application form in becoming shortlisted for an interview

·         Be aware of how to do a good interview

·         Consider what preparations must be made before attending an interview

·         Consider the far reaching benefits of the interview skill evening

Lesson 8

Mid-year review

·         Be aware of what happens after submission of application forms

·         Understand why it is vital pupils know the implications of declining a course

·         Understand how to interpret the terms used for decisions

·         Know how to respond to different scenarios during the decisions period

Lesson 9

Gap year and life after university

·         Be aware of reasons for taking a Gap Year

·         Be aware of the possible ways to make productive use of a Gap Year

·         Be aware of the careers services which are available within universities

·         Appreciate the importance and usefulness of the Prospects website

·         Appreciate the importance of further career planning at university

 


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