Key Stage 4

Welcome to Key stage 4! In Year 10 - YOU will have the opportunity to participate in a one week block of Work Experience.

Work Experience

Work experience is valuable. It gives you a chance to gain an insight into a professional field and it can also look impressive on a CV and Personal Statement. Work experience aims to give you the chance to find out what work is really like and will help prepare you for your future. It also helps you to start to plan for your career and look at options for your future.

Why complete Work Experience?

  • Prepare you for working life

  • Make you more independent

  • Prepare you for further education, training or employment

  • Improve your social skills – communication and listening skills

  • Can improve your confidence, emotional well-being and self-esteem

  • Gives you experience to help you write your CV (Curriculum Vitae)

  • Provides you with evidence of your skills and knowledge to help with your applications to - further education, apprenticeships, university

Experience of Work Experience - Gatsby Benchmark 6

“By the age of 16, every pupil should have had at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.”

In March 2019, Year 10 students completed one week of Work Experience in a variety of occupational areas including nursery nursing, retail, engineering, education, performing arts, health care, animal care, catering, construction, hair and beauty and art and design. Here are some of the comments made by the employers:

In Year 11, you will all meet with Mrs. Fardoe to discuss your plans for after Year 11 and to discuss your future career options and plans. Where Mrs. Fardoe feels that it is appropriate, she may see some students more than once, to help them explore their choices fully and to make well informed and realistic career decisions.

Personal Guidance – Gatsby Benchmark 8

Your school is following national guidelines which state -
“Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a Careers Adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs. Every pupil should have at least one such interview by the age of 16, and the opportunity for a further interview by the age of 18.”

In addition – You can also contact the National Careers Service for help and advice:

The National Careers Service can help you with your career, learning and training choices. This service is available to people who live in England.

Contact National Careers Service

Call 0800 100 900

In Year 11, you will also have a mock interview with someone from one of these groups: An Employer, A College, an Educational Organisation or professional. In the past, these have included Santander, Co-op, Maggie Mullen Architects, Magenta Living, HMRC, to name but a few. In 2019 the interviews were held over a three day period and were a great success for both students and employers. The interview gives you a chance to talk about you, with a professional – You will be able to discuss your plans and aspirations for your future.

Encounters with employers and employees – Gatsby Benchmark 5

“Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. Every year, from the age of 11, pupils should participate in at least one meaningful encounter*with an employer. A „meaningful encounter‟ is one in which the student has an opportunity to learn about what work is like or what it takes to be successful in the workplace. This can be achieved through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.”

Encounters with further and higher education – Gatsby Benchmark 7

“By the age of 16, every pupil should have had a meaningful encounter* with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. . . . .”

The end of Year 11 is an important transition year, as you will be considering your next steps and planning for your future. Below sets out to explain the main options you will need to consider.

Further Education

Making Choices - Choosing College or Sixth Form – Things you need to know
  • What GCSE grades will I need to study at the different sixth forms or colleges I am considering applying to?
  • What subjects do they offer?
  • Do they meet my needs?
  • What support will I get? Support can be support for learning; support with personal or pastoral needs and also support with career planning, such as applications to university or apprenticeships. There is more about applying for apprenticeships below
  • Where do their students’ progress to? By this, we mean, do they 1) successfully complete their course, 2) go on to higher education and university OR 3) into employment or training and apprenticeships?
  • Choosing subjects. Some advice here is the same as when you chose your GCSE subjects. Choose options you will 1) enjoy, 2) those you will do well in and 3) those that will help you to achieve your career goals. Finally, if you choose subjects that are NEW, by this we mean, you have never studied them before – find out what the subject is about! Don’t just choose it because ‘it sounds good’; ‘because your friends are all doing it’ or because you think it will be ‘easy’. These are not good reasons to choose something you have never studied before!
  • Find out more, about all your options, that way, you will be prepared and you will be more likely to succeed
  • Choosing between A’ levels and BTEC qualifications (** From 2020, a new set of qualifications T-Levels are being introduced**)

You can find out more about T-Levels here They will combine classroom learning and on-the-job experience. At the moment, not all colleges in all areas are offering this new style of qualification and learning.

Choosing your A’ levels The subjects you study after your GCSEs can affect your options at university and your future career.

Apprenticeships & Employment

Making choices - Choosing Workplace Learning – Things you need to know
  • Are you ready for work?
  • Do you have the right skills and qualifications for the job you are applying for?
  • Do you have work experience or transferable skills? Look back though your Work Experience logbook or consider things you may do outside of school? Good examples of this are Duke of Edinburgh Awards, being a member of a club or team or being a Cadet. Or, if you have left school, you have completed or are considering completing the National Citizenship Programme, offering volunteering opportunities after you have completed GCSE studies If you‟re 16 or 17, you can take part in NCS. Visit and sign up to receive more information and details of how to get involved. You can also: like NCS on Facebook; follow NCS on Twitter You may have been visited by the NCS Team in your school.
  • Complete your job/ apprenticeship application and give examples of your achievements
  • Are you enthusiastic about the job role and can you demonstrate this to potential employers?

What do the different levels of Apprenticeship mean?

Name Level Equivalent Educational Level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE Passes at grade A* - C or 9-4
Advanced 3 2 A Level Passes/Level 3 Diploma/International Baccalaureate
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation Degree and Above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or Master's Degree

Please visit -

To search and apply via the Government website, please visit apprenticeship

Other websites:;
You will need to create an account to apply through this site. You may then be diverted to the employer website. Other things you can do to increase your chances of finding an apprenticeship –

  1. Talk to friends and family who may have contacts to help you
  2. Follow social media accounts of employers you are interested in working for e.g. through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Many employers use social media to advertise their opportunities
  3. Talk to / attend colleges and universities to find out what they offer. In many cases, they will have dedicated apprenticeship teams, who are working with employers

Further advice and guidance – Your school’s Careers Adviser is a qualified careers professional, who has been specially trained to help you to navigate your choices. An adviser will not make the choices for you – that is for you to decide, but an adviser can help you to decide about your options.

You can also contact the National Careers Service for help and advice:

About the National Careers Service

The National Careers Service can help you with your career, learning and training choices. Find out more about the different ways they can support you. This service is available to people who live in England.

Contact National Careers Service

Call 0800 100 900 or use webchat.
You can also contact them in other ways, including sending them an online message or post.

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