Careers in Year 11
Your career is your pathway through life – a combination of living, learning and earning.
During year 11 you will need to think more about your next steps and post-16 options for after Year 11.
One to One Careers Guidance Meeting
You will have a one to one interview with Mrs Hale, the Careers Adviser based in school, and will have access to support from her throughout the year when you need it via the ‘drop-in’ service in the Careers Office at break-time and after school.
Any Questions about Careers, Post-16 options (after Year 11), Post-18 options/University or generally about your future or to request a careers meeting, don’t hesitate to contact Zoe Harris (Careers Leader). You can do this by clicking here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Post-16 Options assembly
Aspirations Leader/Careers Adviser introductory assembly including the Careers Adviser role in school and how students are supported/ overview of post 16 options / where to start looking/ researching post 16 options and important notices.
National Careers Service
To help with careers information research you can use the National Careers Service website, where you can research careers you are interested in by looking at job profiles or searching by the type of industry you are interested in working in. You can also find out what a career involves on a day-to-day basis and entry requirements.
You will continue to do careers related learning in your PSHE lessons during form-time, where you will cover topics such as
- Different qualifications and their equivalents.
- Post-16 options
- Career exploration
You will be given the chance to attend the Careers Fair in school again, and will be able to talk to a range of employers, training providers and universities about post-16 and post-18 options for the future including apprenticeships and training opportunities.
Aspire to HE Year 11
Aspire to HE mentoring programme through Mytutor – provides 10 hours one to one online tutoring delivered by science undergraduate mentors. 30 selected students (NCOP students)
Legal, Social and Economic Aspects of Crime Conference (NCOP students) at The University of Wolverhampton.
Options After Year 11
Sixth Form or College? BTECs or 'A' Levels?
There is no right or wrong answer to these questions, just a need to research all options. ‘A’ Levels are academic qualifications which you can study in a number of different subjects and are mainly examination based. Alternatively, BTECs tend to be more vocational/practical based and are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams.
When deciding where to study it is important to be realistic and to think about what course and environment will suit your learning style, aspirations and academic ability best.
Walsall Council provides information about your choices post-16 in their Keep on Learning Leaflet here.
Apprenticeships are available through both colleges and employer led schemes. However, to start an apprenticeship you will need to be offered a job opportunity first and there is no guarantee that you will secure an apprenticeship opportunity. Mrs Hale can support you to look for opportunities and you should stay in regular contact if you are looking for an opportunity in this area. For more information, contact the Academy. Parents are welcome to attend any careers appointment with their son or daughter.
Watch a YouTube Video about how to apply for an Apprenticeship here:
You can search for apprenticeships through a number of different websites.
Links repeated here for ‘Options for Apprenticeships’
Labour Market Trends
The ultimate aim of education is to help you access the labour market. Therefore, when deciding what to study it is also important to think about which industries are growing in the local area and which are not. For more information please see: Labour Market Guide for the West Midlands.
Today qualifications alone may not be enough to access job opportunities or higher education. Volunteering for just a few hours a week can help to make an application form stand out and show an employer/education provider that you have something extra to offer over other potential applicants. For opportunities available in your local area you can log onto www.do-it.org.
How Parents Can Support?
Encourage your son or daughter to consider all options.
Look through the sixth form and college prospectuses with your son or daughter to see what options are available.
Research the entry requirements for the courses they are interested in, encouraging them to be realistic about their next steps.
Encourage your son or daughter to think about their next steps, long term future and how they will use the subjects they have chosen.
Discuss their subject’s choices with their teachers to find out how they are progressing and if taking the subject further would be a good idea.
Attend sixth form and college open days and evenings with your son or daughter.
Encourage them to take part in extra-curricular activities, e.g. the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, participate in work experience and/or become a volunteer.
The Skills Employers Want
Verbal Communication: The ability to express your ideas confidently in speech.
Written Communication: The ability to express yourself clearly in writing.
Team Work: The ability to work effectively with other people.
Problem Solving: The ability to offer solutions to problems.
Time Management: The ability to be punctual, reliable and work to deadlines.
Flexibility: The ability to adapt to changing situations.
Planning and Organising: The ability to plan activities and carry them out effectively.
Drive: The ability and determination to make things happen.
Numeracy Skills: The ability to work with numbers.
Honesty and Integrity: The ability to be honest and display a good character.
If your son or daughter has a statement of Special Educational Need they will have a review of their statement every year. The purpose of the review is to make sure the young person’s needs are being met. The typical areas covered within the meeting include:
- The support the young person needs in school
- The young person’s career interests and future plans
- The health and welfare needs of the young person
- The young person, parents/carers and representatives from any other agency working with the young person will be invited to participate in the meeting.
Calendar of Things to Do in Year 11
Visit the careers office and book a careers appointment.
Research your career ideas using the National Careers Website.
October and November:
Find out about Academy Sixth Form/College open days/evenings and put them in your diary.
Attend the open evening for Academy sixth form and any other colleges you are interested in applying to.
Talk to your teachers about your expected grades. If you are worried that you may not get the grades speak to the Careers Adviser.
Consult the Universities and Colleges Admission Service UCAS to find out if you need take any specific subjects to gain a place on your preferred course at university.
If you are thinking about popular apprenticeship programmes such as motor vehicle, construction, electrical or childcare start think about applying early as these programmes are very popular.
Continue to research your career ideas to make sure you are taking the right subjects for your career choice.
Send your Sixth form/College applications off by the end of December.
If you are looking at apprenticeships, you will also need a back-up plan so applying for a full-time course could be an option. Apprenticeships are competitive and there are no guarantees.
If you have still not applied for Sixth Form, College, or another training or learning course, make sure you make this a priority in January.
If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship begin to search for and make applications for apprenticeships and jobs which start in the summer.
Keep in regular contact with the careers adviser who will support you in making applications.
March – July:
Continue to search and apply for apprenticeship opportunities. The more effort you place into your search the greater chance of success.
Stay in contact with the careers adviser.
Collect your GCSE results. If your grades are lower/higher than expected or you have changed your mind speak to Academy Staff or the Careers Adviser on results day.
Good luck for the future