Careers Advice

Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG).

CEIAG contributes to raising pupil achievement, and helps students focus on their longer-term career. We provide person-centred, impartial and confidential careers information. It is integrated into students’ experience of the whole curriculum and is based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. We promote equality of opportunity for all, celebrate diversity and challenge stereotypes. Our policy is guided by the Gatsby benchmarks identifying the elements of good practice in career guidance.

These benchmarks are (http://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance)  

1.    A stable careers programme

2.    Learning from career and labour market information

3.    Addressing the needs of each student

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

Student Support

All students receive;

start

www.startprofile.com

Unifrog

www.unifrog.org

Higher Education

An impressive number of students proceed to Higher Education after their Sixth Form course and students regularly gain places at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Over 40% of pupils were offered places to study at Russell Group Universities in 2014. A well-developed careers programme is offered including a Higher Education Day, Handbook for Parents, visit to the UCAS Fair, open day events and summer school. Key activities are provided to support pupils in preparation for their UCAS applications. Special groups are run to support Oxbridge candidates and also those applying for law, medicine and veterinary science. For those students applying for Art College, considerable support is given in producing a substantial portfolio of work.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are an exciting new development which offers students the opportunity to develop their career while both working and learning. The dedicated Sixth Form Careers Advisor is able to link you with National Corporations and Businesses in pursuit of apprenticeships.

Careers Office and Library

A wide range of resources are available in the Careers Office and Library including: university/college prospectuses; information on gap year activities; student finance; work shadowing; conferences; and working and studying abroad. Students are encouraged to consider the options open to them early in Year 12 and to research courses and higher education institutions together with their Tutor, Head of Year, Careers Advisor and support from their parent or guardian.

UCAS University Application

In the summer term of Year 12, the formal process of university application through UCAS begins and students receive ongoing guidance on completing their online UCAS application and writing personal statements. University open days are advertised in the Sixth Form Study Centre and Careers Room.

Students are encouraged to visit universities they are seriously considering applying to, and are allowed up to three days leave from school to attend Open Days.

In Year 13, individual support is available to help students to select their first choice and insurance university offers and to prepare for student life. There are also talks on practical aspects of living away from home, such as managing finances and budgeting, personal safety and fresher’s week.

Review Date of Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG).

November 2019

For any further inquires please contact

Careers Lead

Ms Marion Lyons

0203 908 3131
marion.lyons@ursulinehigh.merton.sch.uk 

UCAS Plus Co-ordinator and Careers Advisor

Ms Lorraine Petheram

0203 908 3171
lorraine.petheram@ursulinehigh.merton.sch.uk

Career Information from UK Commission for Employment and Skills

 

 

UKCES Career Brochure
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