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Careers Contact

Named Careers Lead:

Mr D.Owen

Academy Tel Number:

01782 882100

Email Address:

dowen1@alphaacademiestrust.co.uk

Our Local Authority Careers advisor is Karen Harrison . Karen is available onsite on a Monday and Friday each week.

You can contact Karen by email at: karen.harrison2@stoke.gov.uk

We use Compass+ to evaluate our provision at least once a term to ensure that we are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.
Our full programme is reviewed at the end of the Academic year and activities adjusted accordingly.

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School Leavers – Your Options at 16

Think carefully about the options open to you after year 11 before deciding on your next steps. There are many college courses, apprenticeships and training programmes to choose from. Find out about your options so you can compare them and decide what will suit you.

How to find out about your options:

  • Look on college websites, attend college open events, and talk to your careers adviser in school. Use the careers websites on the other side of this page to research A levels, BTECs, and Apprenticeships.
  • Talk to your family and teachers about your options, as they know you well and what may best suit you.

Courses and training offered:

  • T-Levels are new courses that follow GCSE’s and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. They’ve been co-created with employers and are designed to help students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully move into their desired career.
  • Are more classroom and exam based and you usually choose 3 or 4 subjects
  • Most are now linear and you study for 2 years before taking your A Level exam
  • You can choose subjects that you did at GCSE, or you could choose different subjects that you have not done before like Law, Psychology, and Sociology
  • To get onto most A Level courses you will need to achieve at least 5 GCSE’s at grade A*-C (9-4 ) including Maths and English, with a 5/6 in the subject you wish to study. Some colleges may ask for higher grades so always check individual college entry requirements
  • For more information visit:
    www.university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices

College Websites

  • This type of learning involves on-the-job practical training
  • You would usually go to college or a training provider one day a week then work for 4 days a week with an employer at their premises
  • You can do an apprenticeship in many career areas. To find out more look on the apprenticeship web site gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
  • You may have to find your work placement yourself and competition for vacancies is high, so you will need a backup option such as a full time college course, a study programme or a traineeship
  • For more information visit:
    https://www.indeed.co.uk/
    Parent’s Pack – Apprenticeship Information
  • If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, and may need some work experience to help you secure a placement, a Traineeship may be suitable.
  • Designed to help you to improve your skills to be ready for a traineeship or apprenticeship and are based at small providers throughout the City.

College Websites

Useful
Documents

  • Useful Documents for Students
  • Useful documents for Parents
  • Useful documents for Staff
  • We are always looking for businesses large and small to work with us and our students. Businesses help to inspire our students and gives students valuable information to allow them to decide on their future.
  • If you would like to get involved in some way, please get in touch by emailing Mr Owen dowen1@alphaacademiestrust.co.uk or completing the form in the document section.

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Careers Contact

Named Careers Lead:

Mr D.Owen

Academy Tel Number:

01782 882100

Email Address:

dowen1@alphaacademiestrust.co.uk

Our Local Authority Careers advisor is Karen Harrison . Karen is available onsite on a Monday and Friday each week.

You can contact Karen by email at:

karen.harrison2@stoke.gov.uk

We use Compass+ to evaluate our provision at least once a term to ensure that we are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Our full programme is reviewed at the end of the Academic year and activities adjusted accordingly.

School Leavers – Your Options at 16

Think carefully about the options open to you after year 11 before deciding on your next steps. There are many college courses, apprenticeships and training programmes to choose from. Find out about your options so you can compare them and decide what will suit you.

How to find out about your options:

  • Look on college websites, attend college open events, and talk to your careers adviser in school. Use the careers websites on the other side of this page to research A levels, BTECs, and Apprenticeships.
  • Talk to your family and teachers about your options, as they know you well and what may best suit you.

Courses and training offered:

  • T-Levels are new courses that follow GCSE’s and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. They’ve been co-created with employers and are designed to help students to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully move into their desired career.
  • Are more classroom and exam based and you usually choose 3 or 4 subjects
  • Most are now linear and you study for 2 years before taking your A Level exam
  • You can choose subjects that you did at GCSE, or you could choose different subjects that you have not done before like Law, Psychology, and Sociology
  • To get onto most A Level courses you will need to achieve at least 5 GCSE’s at grade A*-C (9-4 ) including Maths and English, with a 5/6 in the subject you wish to study. Some colleges may ask for higher grades so always check individual college entry requirements
  • For more information visit:
    www.university.which.co.uk/advice/a-level-choices

College Websites

  • This type of learning involves on-the-job practical training
  • You would usually go to college or a training provider one day a week then work for 4 days a week with an employer at their premises
  • You can do an apprenticeship in many career areas. To find out more look on the apprenticeship web sitegov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
  • You may have to find your work placement yourself and competition for vacancies is high, so you will need a backup option such as a full time college course, a study programme or a traineeship
  • For more information visit:
    https://www.indeed.co.uk/
    Parent’s Pack – Apprenticeship Information
  • If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, and may need some work experience to help you secure a placement, a Traineeship may be suitable.
  • Designed to help you to improve your skills to be ready for a traineeship or apprenticeship and are based at small providers throughout the City.

College Websites

Useful Documents

  • Useful Documents for Students
  • Useful documents for Parents
  • Useful documents for Staff
  • We are always looking for businesses large and small to work with us and our students. Businesses help to inspire our students and gives students valuable information to allow them to decide on their future.
  • If you would like to get involved in some way, please get in touch by emailing Mr Owen dowen1@alphaacademiestrust.co.uk or completing the form in the document section.

Careers Information Websites for School Leavers

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Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing.

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.
It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.
Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

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