Mrs L Barry
Mr J Mulholland
Mr P Kerr
Mrs L Barry
Facilities & Equipment
The College has a Careers Classroom, interviewing office.
Resources are kept up-to-date such as new university & regional college prospectuses, job opportunities/advertisements from local businesses in the area.
Year 10 – 1 careers class per fortnight
Year 11 – 1 careers class per fortnight
Year 12 – 1 careers class per fortnight
Year 13 – 2 careers classes per fortnight
Year 14 – 4 careers classes per fortnight
Employment Skills – Level 1 Certificate
Year 11 – 1 class per fortnight (Pilot Programme with 2 group 2013/14)
The aim of Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) in the college is to help pupils develop their knowledge, understanding, skills and experience of opportunities, to manage their career development, and make relevant informed choices, ensuring successful transition into education, training or employment and to become lifelong learners.
The overall objective of effective CEIAG provision within the college is to enable pupils to become effective career decision makers, empowered to manage their own career development successfully and with due respect and care for their own needs, those of others and of their wider communities.
There are 3 main aims needed to realise this objective.
Aim 1: Self-Awareness and Development- identifying, assessing and developing the skills and qualities necessary to choose and implement an appropriate career plan.
Aim 2: 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.
Aim 3: 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.
Formal careers guidance begins in Year 10 when pupils select their subjects for GCSE. The careers teacher, parents, subject and form teachers are all involved in assisting the pupils to assess their ability in particular subjects and to see the implications of subject choices for subsequent career opportunities.
In Year 11 all pupils undergo preparation for work experience. This takes place in term 1 of Year 12.
This is a very beneficial programme as pupils return to school highly motivated to succeed in their GCSE examinations.
In Year 12 all pupils complete mock interviews in order to improve interview skills and enhance career prospects. Pupils are also actively involved in decision making either in the context of A/AS Level subject choices or in selecting Further Education courses.
In Years 13 and 14 pupils undertake a programme which focuses on self-development, career exploration and career management. Throughout the programme pupils are involved in careers guidance interviews, work placements, mock interviews, university visits and talks from visiting speakers.
Extensive use is made of Computer Assisted Learning through Computer Information programmes and World Wide Web, which gives up-to-date information on careers, courses and universities.
In Year 13 a more focused work placement is organised. At this stage pupils have a clearer idea of their vocational pathway.
In Year 14 particular attention is paid to both the online UCAS “Apply” System and direct entry for university applications with all pupils receiving detailed instructions and assistance.
Pupils are also informed of up-to-date information regarding student finance, bursaries and scholarships which are available to them.
Post ‘A’ level counselling is available in the school following the pupils receiving their results in August.
Careers Advisers from the Careers Service forNorthern Irelandcome to the college on a regular basis and participate in the delivery of the programme throughout all Key Stages.