Career Guidance

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We have the ethos that it is never too early to consider your future, indeed, your options later may well be affected by the decisions you make. The best advice is to gather as much advice and support as you can.

Growth in career sectors- which pathways should we be considering? Let’s examine current Government advice as to which employment sectors are projected to offer the most future growth. Where does your child's best prospects lie?

We access many sources of information through professional networks, Internet digital based resources, collaborative partnerships complimented by experienced staff who are passionate about your child’s future.

Parents and Carers often ask ‘How can we help?’ Be a research buddy, explore together the range of learning and training opportunities and navigate through it together.  Come along to parent evenings, parent and student events and be an active Lancaster Community member. Access the resources on here and become aware of application deadlines; extra- curricular activities; online tools you can use too; who is who and how they can help you child to succeed. Click on the UCAS Progress link and find out more about the online application process your child will use in year 11 to apply for post 16 options. Refer to the year 11 calendar and checklist and encourage your child to keep on track with their application process.

For more information regarding your child's career, please contact the Academy on (0116) 270 3176 and ask for Ms Claire Hurst, Careers Officer. Alternatively, you can send an email to

The careers programme of events runs throughout the academic year and is reviewed regularly to make sure that its content meets the needs of our changing and evolving student population. As such there may be changes to the advertised programme of events to allow for this.

Careers Strategy January 2019



National Citizen Service (NCS) information

National Citizen Service Letter 2019

Links to useful websites

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Information for parents

Our Information for parents section includes a useful guide to qualifications and covers issues such as helping your child with career decisions and financial help for your child’s studies.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Labour Market Information

Find out and compare information about different jobs in the UK.

Work experience who, how and why

Work Experience is offered to a select group of Year 10 students. Students take part in a realistic recruitment and selection process involving an interview for potential candidates.

Student comments from some of those who took part last academic year:


"I learnt how to interact with customers."


"I enjoyed learning how to help people and be part of a team."


"I have learnt a fair amount about discipline, how the working industry works and how I will cope with it."


"I enjoyed my experience as a Mechanic and I learnt how to take apart a car and put it together again."




Bright Futures

Our next Bright Futures Day is: TBC

Year 7 Careers Passport

Year 8 Careers Passport

Year 9 Careers Passport

Year 10 Careers Passport

Year 11 Careers Passport

What level is right for me?

The level you study will depend on your previous achievements and qualifications.

For example, if you have no formal qualifications, an entry or Level 1 course is likely to be most appropriate. Or, if you're coming to College after gaining five GCSEs at grade 4/C and above, a Level 2 or 3 course - such as A Levels, an Extended Diploma or an intermediate apprenticeship - will be a natural progression.

So, if you're unsure what level is right for you, what qualifications you require for a particular level of study, and what skill level you can expect to gain, then please use this guide.

Entry Level

If you don’t have any qualifications this is the place to start.

What do I need?
You don’t need any qualifications but you will need to show that you want to learn.

What courses can I do?
Foundation Learning

What will I get?
You’ll finish your course with new practical skills for work and independent living which can help you progress to the next level.

Level 1

This is a good place to start if you are new to a subject and would like to improve your basic knowledge.

What do I need?
GCSE grades 1/E to 3/D and a willingness to learn.

What courses can I do?
Diploma Level 1
NVQ Level 1
Foundation Diploma

What will I get?
You’ll finish your course with new practical skills for work and daily life, work experience, personal development and an introduction to your subject. You could progress onto a Level 2 course.

Level 2

Improving your subject knowledge.

What do I need?
As well as knowledge or experience of your subject, you’ll also need four GCSEs at grades 1/E to 4/C or a Level 1 course. Some apprenticeships could have different entry criteria, and some Level 2 courses might require you to have an English and maths GCSE at grade 4/C and higher.

It is possible to start at this Level on a completely new subject to you – but this will depend on your GCSE grades. You can contact our school liaison and careers team for more advice about this.

What courses can I do?
BTEC Diploma Level 2
NVQ/VRQ Level 2
Higher Diploma.

What will I get?
You’ll finish your course with a good general education, good work habits, problem-solving skills, resourcefulness, subject knowledge and skills for lower-level jobs. This is the minimum level that most employers will ask for when you go for a job.

Level 3

With this level of qualification you can then go onto university/degree-level qualifications or a good job with more detailed study.

What do I need?
A minimum of five GCSE grades 4/C and above or a Level 2 qualification, but some A Levels require more.

What course can I do?
Advanced Apprenticeship
BTEC Extended Diploma
NVQ/VRQ Level 3.

What will I get?
You’ll finish your course with good problem solving skills, being able to learn and adapt independently, and you'll be able to manage work relationships and business knowledge. Most universities ask for this Level of qualification, and employers tend to look for applicants who are qualified to at least this level.

Level 4

In-depth study will help you become a specialist in your area.

What do I need?
Level 3 qualification
A Levels
Extended Diploma
Access to Higher Education
NVQ/VRQ Level 3 or 120 UCAS points.

What course can I do?
Foundation Degree (first year certificate of education)
Bachelor's/Honours Degree (first year) or a Degree Apprenticeship
NVQ/VRQ Level 4
Higher Apprenticeship.

What will I get?
You’ll finish your course with advanced problem-solving skills, business knowledge, relationship management skills, and leadership and project management skills.

Level 5

More in-depth knowledge and an understanding of your subject means you’ll be able to find solutions and respond to complex problems and situations.

What do I need?
A qualification at Level 4

What course can I do?
Foundation Degree (second year) (a university-level qualification worth the same as the first two years of an Honours Degree).
Bachelor's/Honours Degree (second year)

What will I get?
You’ll finish your course with a thorough knowledge of your subject, a high level of work expertise, competence in managing and training others.

Level 6

Study your subject to a very high level and learn to use your own ideas and research. You could go from here to do postgraduate courses such as a Master's Degree.

What do I need?
A qualification at Level 5

What course can I do?
Honours Degree or a top-up year from a Foundation Degree.

What will I get?
You’ll finish your course with specialist knowledge in your subject, ability to use your own ideas and research in response to complex problems and situations.

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