Department Information

Careers

Members of the Department

Mr Owen Murray (Head of Department)
Mrs M Glynn

Aims

Self-Awareness and Development- identifying, assessing and developing the skills and qualities necessary to choose and implement an appropriate career plan.

Career Exploration - acquiring and evaluating information, and reviewing experiences to identify and investigate appropriate career pathways and learning opportunities in education, training and employment, locally, nationally and internationally.

Career Management - developing skills in career planning, and employing effective career decision-making strategies to manage transition and make suitable career development choices, with the appropriate support, advice and guidance.


Key Stage 3

Year 10

  • Careers education is delivered in a 10 week block beginning in September, focus is to prepare Y10 pupils for GCSE Options
  • Use of Careers software packages such as JED, Pathfinder and Careers Service NI website
  • Careers Service provide a GCSE Transition presentation to each Y10 class in December
  • A variety of visiting speakers address the year group about potential careers during Pastoral Care each month
  • Guidance Interview for prioritised pupils
  • Personal Career Plan- each pupil will develop a personal career plan

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

Year 11

  • Careers Education delivered through a 10 week block
  • Use of Careers software packages such as JED, Pathfinder and Careers Service NI website
  • A variety of visiting speakers address the year group about potential careers during Pastoral Care each month
  • Identification of potential candidates for high demand courses (Oxbridge, Medicine etc)
  • Personal Career Planning
  • Guidance Interview for prioritised pupils

Year 12

  • Careers Education is delivered through a 10 week block with the emphasis on making AS subject choices
  • Individual guidance interviews with a member of the Careers Service 
  • Use of Careers software packages such as JED, Pathfinder and Careers Service NI website
  • A variety of visiting speakers address the year group about potential careers during Pastoral Care each month
  • Visit to Careers Convention on Thursday
  • Guidance Interviews following GCSE results

Key Stage 5 (GCE)

Year 13

  • Timetabled careers classes during term 2 and 3 (periods 8 and 9)
  • Work Experience placement and preparation
  • A variety of visiting speakers address the year group about potential careers during Pastoral Care each month
  • University Presentations from visiting speakers
  • Opportunity to visit university open days in June
  • UCAS preparation including personal statement writing
  • Individual UCAS guidance interviews with advisor
  • Careers input to Y13 Induction Evening
  • Guidance following AS results
  • Application to Oxbridge summer schools
  • Presentations from Oxford and Cambridge

Year 14

  • Timetabled careers classes during term 1 (periods 8 and 9)
  • Visits to Open Days at QUB and UUJ and St Mary's University College
  • Opportunity to attend Careers Fairs
  • Individual UCAS guidance interviews with advisor
  • Support and guidance with UCAS, CAO and direct entry applications
  • Guidance interview with Careers Service staff upon request
  • Support with Education and Library Board grant applications for Student Loans