Career Planning

At each Key Stage in St. Mary's, pupils attend timetabled Careers lessons during which they follow a taught programme incorporating elements of either Careers Education or Education for Employability.

During these lessons, pupils engage in an age-related Careers programme, including careers research and personal career planning. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their own skills and interests and to consider their career aspirations. The programme at each Key Stage also supports pupils to make decisions in relation to their transition to the next Key Stage in terms of, for example, subject choices.

At Key Stage 3, the Education for Employability programme includes topics such as:

  • Work in the Local and Global Economy;
  • Career Management;
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; and
  • Subjects in Focus (GCSE).

At Key Stage 4, the Careers Education programme includes topics such as:

  • Subjects in Focus (A Level);
  • Further Education;
  • Apprenticeships and Training; and
  • The Application and Selection Process.

At Key Stage 5, the Careers Education programme includes topics such as:

  • Preparing for Work-Shadowing;
  • Opportunities in Higher Education;
  • Choosing a University Course;
  • UCAS Application;
  • The Application and Selection Process;
  • Interview Skills;
  • Student Finance; and
  • Making the Transition to Higher Education.