Careers Programme

'Pioneers of the Future'

Bolton St Catherine's Academy is committed to providing high quality, independent and impartial careers advice and guidance service to all our learners in Years 7 to 13 with a comprehensive, impartial programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and work related learning (WRL). Bolton St Catherine's Academy has a structured careers programme that has the explicit backing of the senior management team and an appropriately trained person responsible for it. The careers programme below will be regularly evaluated with feedback from students, parents, teachers and employers as part of the evaluation process. We aim to that prepares our learners for an ever changing world of work, raising aspirations and driving achievement.

All learners take part in a CEIAG programme that:

  • Aims to inspire as well as inform and guide learners
  • Is centred around the student and their needs
  • Is integrated into the learners' experience of the whole curriculum
  • Encourages all learners to consider their career throughout Key Stages 3 and 4
  • Encourages all learners to develop decision making skills
  • Provides each student with high quality, impartial advice
  • Raises aspirations and promotes equality and diversity

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 8)

The Careers Programme for Key stage 3 is a key element of 'Pioneers of the Future' Careers Programme known as Skills for Life. The Skills for Life strand is taught during lessons, form time, after school and/or internal & external activities/provisions using external agencies, and deals with:

  • Introduction to Skills for Life
  • What is work
  • Jobs in our family - Do those Jobs exist
  • Social & Community Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Apprenticeship workshop
  • Option Choices for KS4

Careers programme: Year 7

Careers and Enterprise:

  • Aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All learners take part in enterprise activities.

Careers programme: Year 8

Careers and Enterprise:

  • Aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All learners take part in enterprise activities.
  • All learners and parents are invited to the Year 8 Choices Options Evening and are provided with advice, support & guidance with GCSE subject choices.
  • Selected learners take part in the Year Choices Day at one of the Greater  Manchester universities

The initial priority is to help learners to identify who they are, what they are like and their career personality. To excite learners about the opportunities and challenges beyond Post-16, in the local, national and global economy. As we approach the key transition phase of Year 9 the focus shifts to helping learners to make informed GCSE subject choices.

Key Stage 4 (Year 9 - 10)

The Careers Programme for Key stage 4 is also an element of the 'Pioneers of the Future' Careers Programme known as Employability. The Employability strand is taught during lesson, form time, after school and/or internal & external activities/provisions using external agencies, and deals with:

In Year 9 - 10 the course is 6 weeks long and deals with:

  • Plan your decision year
  • Skills for life and work
  • Application skills/CV
  • The world of Work
  • The changing Job Market
  • Thinking ahead after you are 16
  • Where do I go from here
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Work-experience - plan and report on their work placement
  • Work with others in group work and prepare for Enterprise Day
  • Benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers and visits to career related activities

Careers programme: Year 9

Careers and Enterprise:

  • aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All learners take part in enterprise activities during PHSCE.

Careers programme: Year 10

Careers and Enterprise:

  • aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • All learners have a their 1st 1:1 interviews to provide advice, support & guidance to explore their career options and Post 16 decisions
  • All learners take part in The Rymans Enterprise Challenge –Selected learners visit one of the universities as part of the Greater Manchester Higher - University of Manchester, Salford University, Manchester Metropolitan University or Bolton University for taster days or Oxbridge/Russell group.
  • All learners are given the opportunity of 1 week work experience with an organisation.

Careers programme: Year 11

  • All learners take part in the UCAS Workshop and rreceive training in applying through UCAS Progress
  • Compose a Personal Statement
  • All learners attend the annual Post-16 Moving on Event
  • All learners have a  1:1 interview to provide advice, support & guidance with Post 16 decisions – Sixth Form applications/subject choices, college applications and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers and visits to career related activitiesAll      learners invited to local FE college and Apprenticeship provider workshops      and drop in sessions

In Year 11, there are no designated careers periods for this Year group. The HOY 11 and Learning Co-coordinators typically assist learners who are applying for courses or apprenticeships with their personal statements during form time. Ms Begum is available within the CEIAG Office (from 8:00–15:30 Mon – Thurs, and 8:00–15:00 on Friday) to assist and guide both learners and parents. A member of the SENCO team are also on hand to provide ongoing support.

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 - 13)

The Careers Programme for Key stage 5 is also an element of the 'Pioneers of the Future' Careers Programme known as Employability. The Employability strand is taught during lesson, form time and/or internal & external activities/provisions using external agencies, and deals with:

In Year 12 - 13 the course is 6 weeks long and deals with:

  • Plan your decision year
  • Skills for life and work
  • Application skills/CV
  • The world of Work
  • The changing Job Market
  • Thinking ahead after you are 18
  • Where do I go from here
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Work-experience - plan and report on their work placement
  • Work with others in group work and prepare for Enterprise Day
  • Benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers and visits to career related activities

Careers programme: Year 12

Careers and Enterprise:

  • aims to help learners to understand more about themselves (self-development), know where to look for useful information (careers exploration) and plan for the future (career management)
  • Selected learners visit one universities for taster days
  • All learners take part in the annual UCAS Convention
  • All learners are given the opportunity of 1 week work experience with an organisation linked to their subject

Careers programme: Year 13

  • All learners take part in the UCAS Undergraduate Workshop and receive training in      applying through UCAS
  • Compose a Personal Statement
  • All learners attend the annual Post-16 Moving on Event
  • All learners attend the annual National Apprenticeship Show
  • All learners have a 1:1 interview to provide advice, support & guidance with Post-18 decisions – FE/HE applications/subject choices, apprenticeship opportunities
  • Benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers and visits to career related activities
  • All learners invited to local FE/HE college/universities and Apprenticeship provider workshops and drop in sessions

In Year 13, there are no designated careers periods for this Year group. The Learning Co-coordinators typically assist learners who are applying for degrees or apprenticeships with their personal statements during form time. Ms Begum is available within the CEIAG Office (from 8:00–15:30 Mon – Thurs, and 8:00–15:00 on Friday) to assist and guide both learners and parents.