Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance

The Careers Leader at BCA is Mr C Hillidge, who can be contacted on 01925 579500 or

At BCA we take our duty to provide students with high quality careers education, along with independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance very seriously. It is essential in preparing our young people for their futures, whether it be university, employment or an apprenticeship.

Research has shown that good CEIAG can:

  • Inspire young people to succeed in their careers.
  • Increase motivation, leading to improved exam results.
  • Improve decision making by increasing pupils’ knowledge of the world of work.
  • Reduce young people’s anxiety about the future.
  • Help to improve social mobility.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools.  BCA has planned and is developing its careers programme around them.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance

CEIAG is delivered through the curriculum, during tutorial times, dedicated guidance meetings and accessed by all students throughout the year.

Careers Education in the curriculum

Careers Education is delivered through the “Respect Programme” in BCA’s Tutor Time Programme. All year groups from 7-11 experience a series of lessons related to careers, allowing them to reflect upon their own skills and interests in relation to possible future careers. There is plenty of additional support at the end of Key Stage 3 to help with decisions about subject choices and in Year 11 when deciding on which pathway is appropriate on leaving BCA.

Independent Careers Adviser

BCA employs an independent careers adviser for two days each week through CareerConnect. His main role is to hold individual careers meetings with Year 11 students, providing impartial information, advice and guidance.  He also runs targeted group work focusing on aspirations and pathways with all other year groups.

All students are entitled to book appointments and our adviser targets specific groups of students (Pupil Premium, SEND, pupils referred by pastoral leaders and those identified by the RONI report provided by Warrington Borough Council). He is easily accessible to students as he is located near to the Heart Space on the first floor and therefore is always available to see students on a drop-in basis.

Targeted Careers Guidance

Throughout the year, different cohorts of students are targeted based on their year group. The careers adviser is also available at all parents’ evenings and open evenings throughout the year.

September to February: All Year 11 students have a one-to-one interview with the careers adviser to discuss suitability of options for the following year, which includes consideration of possible future careers. Follow-up careers interviews are arranged in those cases where it is determined that students would benefit.

March to July: Year 10 groupwork takes place, looking at pathways including further education, apprenticeships & higher education.  Targeted interventions also take place for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 aimed at raising aspirations and broadening horizons.

Engagement with outside agencies

We feel that our engagement with employers, colleges and universities is a real strength of the academy. Three large events run every year, these are a University Fair, Careers Fair and Mock Interview Day.

University Fair: To raise aspirations and to promote higher education BCA holds a university fair in the autumn term. The following institutions attended the most recent event: BIIMM, University of Bolton, University of Central Lancashire, Chester University, Edge Hill University, Harper Adams University, Huddersfield University, Leeds Trinity University, Liverpool University, Liverpool Hope University, LIPA, Manchester University and Oxford University.

Careers Fair: This is held in the Summer term and all students from Year 7 and above were invited to attend. Last year, companies and organisations attending included: Astra Zenica, Sellafield, The Bell Group, Schneider Electric, Thermofisher, Cogent Skills, The Locker Group, Interserve, Capita, PDSA, Army, Royal Navy, O2 and Sainsbury’s.

Mock Interview Day:  Run in the Spring term this event seeks to prepare all Year 10 students for the challenges ahead.  The interviews are out of students’ normal comfort zones but provide stretch and offer space to talk over their aspirations with someone from the world of work. At least 15 members of the local business community support this event.

Mentoring takes place in Year 9 with the Elevate programme and the Unlock mentoring scheme in Year 10.  Both schemes are aimed at raising aspirations, goal setting and boosting self-esteem.

Measuring the impact of the Beamont Collegiate Academy careers programme

Beamont Collegiate Academy completes the (CEC) Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass benchmarking tool which evaluates careers provision against the 8 Gatsby benchmarks.

At the end of each academic year the findings from Student and parental surveys are used to measure the impact and inform planning for the following academic year

Feedback is gathered form external providers and students following careers and enterprise events that take place throughout the academic year. Examples of this being the annual careers fair, HE/FE fair, Mock employment interviews, enterprise days and 1 to 1 guidance interview.

Destination data is used to inform future planning and to establish whether careers provision is offering the right advice and guidance and to ascertain whether students are making the right choices when moving into education, employment or training

NEET Prevention and Destination Data

Data is collected throughout the academy based on the intended destinations of Year 11 students. These are all reported to Warrington Borough Council. Students at risk of becoming NEET are identified very early on, using the RONI report, and these students are given priority appointments with our careers adviser and, where necessary additional interventions, such as CareerConnect’s Life Goals project in Years 10 and 11.

Review date: April 2020.

Click here to view BCA Careers Policy

Click here to view Careers Strategy

Career Pathways

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We have a number of career pathways at BCA Careers in STEM: where students on STEM routes visit employers from STEM industries giving them an excellent insight into this area of employment.

10 students (Y8-10) – Programming and enterprise group – Raspberry Pi and STEM ambassadors, LEGO Robotics.

8 students Y10 Barclays E- banking competition winners (10 week event)

Discovery Scholarship –

6 Y9’s IAG ‘ask a scientist’ at United utilities

6 Y10’s Solvay chemicals – IAG Careers in Chemistry

10 Y8 pupils – Girls into Engineering – Royal Society aspirations event

Visit to Greencore Prepared meals Tour, food tasting and career guidance talk BTEC hospitality

Design Engineer construct

15 students in Yr 11 and 12 students in Yr10. All students in Yr8 (180) and all in Yr 7 (210) study a 20 lesson DEC taster course.

Wates provided professional links to industry. Being involved in a drone survey of existing roof, site surveys, numerous site visits to the new build, health and safety briefings, professional architect tuition to staff and students in a professional environment within the classroom where students are always commenting on the fact that the projects in this subject feel real.

Other career pathways;

  • Sport Medicine event.
  • Sports leaders trained & participate in leadership/coaching/umpiring courses.
  • Visit to Etihad Stadium for Stadium tour & classroom session on Sports Technology, fitness, training and nutrition for professional sports.
  • Chester University for lecture on Sports science and physiology and a tour of the University.
  • Preparation for a professional career in the arts.
  • Freelance professional dancer will working with students on creative & contemporary work links to career pathways in Dance.
  • LIPA workshops on Dance, Drama, Music and Costume design, culminating in a performance.
  • Advice on careers in the Performing Arts Industry.
  • Audition for Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) in year 10 & 11.
  • Directing workshops with professional actors and director.
  • Role plays with Manchester Metropolitan Police training team.
Accountancy and Finance
  • Students recruit others to support organising events
  • Large management team organise, coordinate & administrated events.
  • Visit to events Organisation Company.
  • Visit from local accountancy firm
  • Attended Priestley College and participated in a mock trial.
  • Tour of the college and a ‘Law of Murder’ taster lecture.
  • Visit to Chester University
  • Visit to the Clothes show in Birmingham
  • Visit to Chester University to attend lectures and look at higher education opportunities in Art
  • Residential Arts trip to Conway
  • Residential visit to Sky studios and careers lab
Residential visits

At BCA we believe it is imperative to develop the whole child, and in order to do this we offer a number of residential visits throughout the year;

  • As part of the STEM career pathway 40 plus students went to Boston
  • Skiing in Austria (all year groups)
  • Outdoor education activities such as climbing and caving & hiking for the whole of year 7 in Wales &Yorkshire
  • Camping, climbing and caving  for the whole of year 8 Yorkshire
  • Fishing (year 11)
Year 10 PP

How to get into top universities – an insight and a forward thinking plan for this academic goal.

16 PP, HLL from Year 10 went to the Emirates, Old Trafford Conference Suite.

Students listened to speakers from PiXL and from top Universities about what it means to study at universities, how to decide where to go, what “top” universities mean (differentiating between the Russell Groups and those that are top in their fields); they gave tips and ideas on building portfolios of learning, evidence and experience that would set them in good stead for applications processes.

They discussed long term preparation and planning as well as giving more detailed information about funding etc.

MFL students

Year 9 students, had a talk from a language analyst from GCHQ (Government Central Headquarters) representative about how language analysts work to support the government protecting the UK.  Pupils were surprised by how useful languages can be and asked some great questions to our visiting spy!  Afterwards, everyone participated in a language taster session in either: Russian, Italian or Arabic, learning about both the language and culture of the countries where they are spoken.

Below are some useful links for careers information advice and guidance

Career Pathways Overview

Career Test Center

National Careers Service

Career Connect


Priestley College

Reaseheath College

Cronton College

Warrington Collegiate Prospectus 16/17

Parents Guide to Apprenticeships


Careers Information

The links below provide information on a wide range of topics and will be useful in identifying options and support decision making.

Job Information

National Careers Service
The National Careers Service has a range of information on making choices, career planning, courses, apprenticeships and information on writing CVs and completing application forms.

CareersBox offers an online library of careers films, news and information.

NHS Health Careers
This website contains information on the massive range of job opportunities in the NHS.


General college information including the range and type of courses offered.

Priestley College

Warrington and Vale Royal College

Reaseheath College

Cronton Sixth Form College

Riverside College


National Apprenticeship Service
The government’s apprenticeship website has a range of information on becoming an apprentice and local and national apprenticeship vacancies.


The universities central admissions service has details of UK university courses, with information on the application process, finance & support.

A website which compares different universities and courses.

Prospects has information on graduate jobs and careers.

The Russell Group
The group represents the UK’s 24 leading universities, the website is a good source of higher education careers information & advice, including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices.

Not Going to Uni
This website highlights the variety of opportunities that exist outside of university.

General Information

Career Connect

A range of information and advice for young people.

Buzz Test

Take the Buzz test and in less than 5 minutes discover what your strengths are and get an insight in to your personality.

Target Careers Future Wise
Explore options for careers, university or apprenticeships and get help applying successfully.

National Citizen Service
NCS is the country’s fastest-growing youth movement, a rite of passage for all
teenagers aged 15-17 to discover who they are and what they can do.
It’s your chance to explore, be inspired and find your passion.

Careers Writers Association

Information from experts on a range of careers topics.