Careers and IAG

At Patcham High School we believe our students are never too young to start thinking about preparing for their future. We aim to make sure students are given the opportunities to equip themselves with the self-confidence and resilience to manage the decisions they will need to make to shape their future working lives and to deal effectively with the challenges of transition.

The long established Careers Department at Patcham High school has a dedicated team of staff to support your child through the decisions they will need to make from choosing their GCSE Option subjects in year 8 to finally deciding what they would like to apply for when leaving year 11 and beyond. Timely Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) is provided by Cordelia Haynes our independent freelance Level 6 qualified Careers Adviser who has worked with the school since 2001. Employer Engagement activities and Widening Participation Projects are overseen by Natalie Ottaway our Off Site Learning Co-ordinator. Students also receive advice and support through the tutor system and Heads of Year who make referrals when students need additional focused help.

The Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Team at PHS are:

Mr.Newman – Deputy Head Teacher i/c Careers mnewman@patchamhigh.org.uk

Mr. Newman is responsible for ensuring the curriculum and extracurricular activities offer students opportunities to engage in CEIAG. He coordinates a series of milestone events around option choices and post 16 pathways ensuring that the CEIAG team is providing appropriate information and engagement opportunities for students, with appropriate communication to students, form tutors and parents.

Anna Wharfe – Head of Lifeskills awharfe@patchamhigh.org.uk

As the Life Skills department we play a key role in preparing students for the wider world.  Not only do we help students select and apply for appropriate college courses but we also assist students in a range of issues from Money Management to Employment Rights.

Natalie Ottaway – Offsite Learning Opportunities Co-ordinator nottaway@patchamhigh.org.uk

Natalie works in the school three days a week to maximise opportunities for students to engage in university trips, work experience and college courses alongside their GCSE studies with an emphasis on increasing student understanding of different progression routes post 16. She works closely with local employers and with university and college staff to support students who have an enriched timetable to ensure students reap benefits from their offsite alternative curriculum.

Natalie also delivers careers guidance in the school one day a week supporting students with the choices they need to make and helping them develop confidence in their own ability to research the options open to them. She delivers information sessions to students in whole year assemblies, updates teaching staff so they can better support students, provides Careers Education Lessons and offers 1:1 careers guidance interviews.

Focused careers advice is offered to students on a 1:1 basis in year 8 when choosing GCSE subjects (referrals are made from the school and parents), in Year 10 when students are introduced to the decisions they will need to make in Year 11, and in Year 11 when choosing a career path post Patcham High School. In the autumn term she predominately spends her time seeing Year 11 students helping them understand the college application process and guiding them from a starting point presented by the student. Some students will have considered their future and are already confident in their choices, others less so and she will sometimes support a student with ongoing contact across all three terms of Year 11 to try to ensure a positive progression route for them.

If you would like to contact Natalie about how she can help your son or daughter please email her at nottaway@patchamhigh.org.uk and she will respond on the next day she is in the school.

 

https://www.jobbydoo.co.uk – a job search engine that will help students find apprenticeship or job opportunities quickly, easily and for free.

www.prostects.ac.uk – use this website to explore careers linked to subjects, look to the future and see what careers you could enter if you love maths, history or Graphic Design for example. Which employers recruit graduates with degrees in your favourite subject?

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/jobprofiles – use this website to view a database of over 800 jobs – find out what careers are available in different occupational sectors…do you know you want to work in the construction industry but aren’t sure what careers are available? Have a look on this website and be amazed at the possibilities from labouring to quantity surveying; or perhaps you know you want to have a career in health and medicine? The NHS has over 350 careers alone.

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/jobprofiles – use this website to view a database of over 800 jobs – find out what careers are available in different occupational sectors…do you know you want to work in the construction industry but aren’t sure what careers are available? Have a look on this website and be amazed at the possibilities from labouring to quantity surveying; or perhaps you know you want to have a career in health and medicine? The NHS has over 350 careers alone.

www.amazingapprenticeships.com – watch videos of young people who are working as apprentices for a range of companies talking about what they have gained from being an apprentice and why they would recommend the apprenticeship route to their peers.

www.apprenticeships-in-sussex.com – use this website to view and apply for live apprenticeship vacancies by location and occupational sector. Year 11s are not permitted to work fulltime until the last Friday in June, the date they lose their Year 11 status and are no longer legally in compulsory education.

 

When you leave Patcham High School, you will probably choose between:

Applying to Sixth Form or Further Education College:

  • To take an academic course, such as AS and A2 levels (A Levels)
  • To take a vocational course related to your career interest

Applying for Training

  • To do an Apprenticeship

Year 9 Options 2014 / 2016

Options Booklet 2014 – 2016

Application Form Yellow 2014-16

Application Form Red-2014-16

Application Form Green 2014-16

Application Form Blue 2014-16

 

EMPLOYMENT CARD/PERMIT- ISSUED BY BRIGHTON AND HOVE CITY COUNCIL

This affects all children doing paid or unpaid work including voluntary work and entertainment on stage. This does not include students doing work experience organised through the school.

You should contact Child Employment Officer Lisa Howard at Brighton and Hove City Council for more information. You can contact her on 01273 293480 or by email.

You can gain further information from Brighton and Hove City Council website. Key in child employment in the search for more information and see the relevant information and form.

You will need to apply for an Employment Card/Permit. Part of the form needs to be completed by the school giving details of your attendance at school. This will be dealt with by Ms Woodward – Attendance Manager in school.

 

University Abroad – September 2015

With the costs associated with studying for a degree in the UK, many students are now looking abroad to further their education. Please use the information below to discover more about studying in Europe and further afield often for a fraction of the price you would pay to study at home.

The following countries currently teach a range of undergraduate degrees in the English Language. There are plans to expand undergraduate provision in the near future.

Netherlands

University of Groningen

Maastricht University

Tuition Fees – 2015-2016 approximately £4400 for a three year degree

Denmark

Over 500 degree programmes taught in English

Tuition Fees – zero for students from the EU

Ireland

Trinity University, University College Dublin, University College Cork and NUI Galway charge approximately £4266 for most degrees and approximately £6400 for Medicine.

Germany

Masters Degrees taught in English – limited number of undergraduate courses

Tuition Fees – free for EU students

Belgium

Limited number of undergraduate courses taught in English – Business and Economics at KU Leuven in Brussels

Tuition Fees – range from £300 – £600 a year depending on where you study

Sweden

Many degrees taught in English however tuition fees and living costs are on a par with the UK

Canada

Tuition Fees average £3000 a year

Further Information

studyinholland.co.uk                           studyinbelgium.be

studyindenmark.dk                             fulbright.org.uk

studying-in-germany.org                    studentsabroad.com

studyinsweden.se                                 studyoptions.com

 

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