A continuous programme of Careers Education begins in Year 7 as part of the College timetable. The Careers lessons are currently integrated within the n-gage programme throughout Years 7 and 8. In Years 9, 10 and 11 the PACE programme facilitates the Careers provision, offering students dedicated lessons via PACE. These lessons follow the Careers National Framework and link to a scheme of work that demands the examination of situations and of oneself in a methodical and critical manner, individual research in the collection of information and the analysis of that information – wherever possible the individual’s path is personalised as this very clearly has a substantial role within the new curriculum/self development of each student. The programme gently assists with the choice of subject options/pathways that takes place in Year 9. Additionally, in Year 9, students are given the opportunity to attend a specially arranged careers fair to explore ideas.
The Careers Education and Guidance Programme continues in Years 10 and 11 leading to the choice of subject options for the Sixth Form, further education or employment at the end of Year 11. The College offers and assists students in the block Work Experience Scheme, enabling students to spend a period of time in the world of work.
In the Sixth Form, Careers staff assist students in making the choice between higher education, further education, apprenticeships or employment/training. Assistance with applications to all forms of higher education is given mainly via the 6th Form Personal Tutor team.
Collingwood College has a spacious, well-equipped Careers library where students can come to explore their future ideas. All students have access to information and resources on further education, apprenticeships and employment within the Careers Library.
Careers guidance is also available from our Information, Advice and Guidance Co-ordinator at Collingwood College, who is qualified to offer students information, advice and guidance and can help each individual with the various choices they will need to make as they progress from Years 7 to 11 onwards.