Named Careers Lead: Darren Owen

Email Address:

Academy Tel Number: 01782 882100


Please click here for the Careers Plan 2018/19 - Reviewed and amended annually in July.


Our Local Authority Careers advisors are Karen Harrison and Anna Dunning. They are available onsite throughout the week. All Year groups can have access to the Advisors in the Careers Zone on the First Floor.

If you are an ex student and wish to be apart of The Discovery Academy alumni, please follow the link below.

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 start at different levels depending on your GCSE grades – a level 4 equals a Pass (C)

Types of courses & training offered:

Vocational Learning – BTEC Diplomas

  • This is a mixture of hands on learning, classroom learning and work experience
  • You are assessed through course work and exams
  • Courses directly relate to a career area like childcare, social care, I.T, hospitality and public services
  • There are different levels of Diploma (Level 1, 2 and 3) depending on your GCSE results


Academic – A Levels

  • 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



  • 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
  • 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



  • 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.


Study Programmes

  • 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.


Useful Careers Information Websites for School Leavers


College Websites      






Choosing A Levels    


Choosing BTECs      



University Courses    







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Farming & Food      


Health Care            






Media Careers      


Motor Vehicle       




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Sports Careers    




Other providers  




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