Careers and Post 16 Options
Kelvin Hall School offers specialist advice to all of our students throughout their time with us, helping them to prepare for the further education, employment or training opportunities that are available to them when they leave.
Our Education, Employment, and Training Manager, Erica Hood, offers support with a wide range of topics including:
- Careers information and advice for all year groups
- Options choices in year nine
- Finding appropriate work experience placements in year 10
- One-to-one guidance to every year 11 student, to help them decide on the best options for them when they leave school
- Support in applying for apprenticeships
- Advice on student finance
Students from any year group can book a careers appointment at any time if they have something that they would like to discuss.
Learning is Changing
In the past, young people could leave education when they were 16, but things are changing. This means that those leaving Year 11 in 2013 will need to remain in learning until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. Those leaving Year 11 from 2014 onwards will need to remain in learning until they are 18. This is the Government’s policy and is known as Raising the Participation Age (RPA).
Pupils can choose from a variety of courses when they leave Kelvin Hall School. These are:
A Levels are a two year academic course, undertaken at college and leading on from GCSE studies.
In the first year, students sit four AS levels, before choosing three A levels to continue with in their second year.
BTECs are vocational qualifications, undertaken at college.
The courses include subjects such as: business, engineering, health and social care, IT, Travel and tourism, media and performing arts.
There are different levels of BTEC qualifications; levels one and two are equivalent to GCSEs, level three is equivalent to A level.
Pupils who choose an apprenticeship are employed by a company and get paid while learning the skills they need on the job.
They usually go to college or a training provider once a week and work towards achieving an NVQ level two or three.
Foundation learning offers students extra support before they undertake a college course or apprenticeship. They are normally based at a college or with a training provider.
They work towards pre-entry or a level one qualification and focus on literacy and numeracy, alongside learning life skills and some new vocational subjects.
The Application Process
Pupils start to make applications for college and apprenticeships in PSHE at the end of Year 10, using the logonmoveon website.
Pupils start by building a personal profile and then progress in January to adding their course / apprenticeship choices. The website has information on the opportunities available including what they will learn and entry requirements. All colleges, sixth forms, and apprenticeship providers are listed.
Pupils will be given their usernames and passwords for the system when we start the process in June however they can start to browse the 'Find a Course' and 'Information, Advice and Guidance' sections at any time.
*The majority of apprenticeships can be applied for using the website, However there are a small number of providers who require applicants to apply on directly. Pupils will be notified of those providers and given additional support with direct applications.
For more information about the careers advice available at Kelvin Hall School or to find out more about taking on an apprenticeship, call Erica Hood on (01482) 342229.