A comprehensive programme of Careers education, information, advice and guidance is in place for all year groups.
The NEET figure for 2015 leavers was 0.6% and zero for 2016 leavers. This is the lowest ever. A Careers Advisor has been appointed for 2 days a week and is available to all students.
All students attended a careers fair held at the academy with over 30 FE and HE providers attending as well as a full range of employers. We also held an interactive STEM specific fair in the summer term with over 30 FE/HE and employer providers attending.
Students are directed to FE/ HE and National careers and National Apprenticeship websites to explore possible employment options.
Students in year 10 complete a questionnaire pinpointing careers that suit them. They also have a group career specific interview which guides and informs them of career specific options and sites to explore. All year 11 students will have a 1 hour interview and a feedback sheet is created and shared with students, tutors, mentors and parents.
Assemblies delivered on Post 16 Options available at Priestley and Warrington Collegiate, Reaseheath and Apprenticeships.
Assembly delivered by Career Connect to students on the difference between level 1, 2 and 3 courses and also apprenticeships.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.