After Y11 (College & Apprenticeships)
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Find out what your options are by speaking to Mr Weller, Hounsdown School's careers coordinator or to Hounsdown's School Careers Practitioners Sarita Khosla-Malhotra (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or Jan May (Fridays). The Careers Office is in East Block.
STUDENTS: Please speak to Mr Weller, Hounsdown School's careers coordinator.
(All 'Career' information is reviewed on an annual basis - Next review May 2023)
Links to Local College Websites
For more information, please talk to your tutor, year leader or Mr Weller who is responsible for overseeing careers advice and guidance.
As a school we seek to encourage students to consider a range of post 16 opportunities, including apprenticeships / traineeships. If as a business, you would like to promote potential placements we are happy to give you the opportunity to advertise placements to our students.
Please contact Mr Weller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school on 023 8086 2981.
Frequently asked Questions
What are my options when I leave in June 2022?
What courses are available?
Typically, at a Further Education (FE)College:
At Six Form Colleges:
What do the levels mean?
Can I apply for an Apprenticeship and a College course?
When do I have to apply?
How do I apply to college?
Can I accept several offers?
When do I have to accept an offer?
What happens when I get my results in August 2022?
Do I have to do a certain course to go onto Higher Education?
What happens when I apply to a college?
Who is here to support me?
Do I have to pay any fees?
What combination of courses can I do?
How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
What are my next steps?
Careers Information and Guidance (IAG)
During their five years at Hounsdown, students experience a range of opportunities that help them prepare for their future career.
During KS3, the PSHCE programme provides an introduction to the world of work and future aspirations, and students participate in an Enterprise activity during one of the Citizenship theme days. They also learn about gender stereo-typing, and CV writing. In year 8, there is a comprehensive programme of support as students choose their option pathways for KS4, via assemblies, tutor support and information evenings.
During KS4, preparing for work experience is a key focus, with students guided through the process, and with students currently having the opportunity to go out on work experience for a week during the summer of year 10. They participate in an Investment Challenge and a Bright Futures workshop, as well as having the opportunity to participate in mock employability interviews and attend a maths-based careers fayre towards the end of year 9.
Every student will get the opportunity to have at least one careers interview during KS4, with one of our careers advisers, who visit the school weekly. In addition, a post-16 careers event in October and an Apprenticeship event in December support year 11 students in considering their options for life after Hounsdown. Most of the local colleges visit school to speak to students in assemblies, to raise their awareness of the opportunities available to them and to explain the college application process.
Mr Weller co-ordinates the careers/IAG provision within school, and can be contacted with any queries.
The Careers Library is housed in the main school library.
Here students can find up to date local Sixth Form Prospectus, information on Job seeking and Apprenticeships. We also have a full range of University Prospectus and a variety of literature on various careers.
The Careers Noticeboard is outside the library which gives relevant information for Years 10 and 11 students. Tutor groups are kept up to date via emails and resources as and when appropriate.
We currently use an on-line database called Kudos - Students can get the licence code from the noticeboard and from all Year 11 tutor rooms.
The member of staff responsible for overseeing careers and work experience is Mr Weller. If you have any questions about our Careers Provision, Mr Weller can be contacted by emailing email@example.com.
Kudos gives the information you need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach your career destination. If you are unsure of what careers you might be interested in, Kudos can also give ideas based on what you like and dislike.
The National Careers Service provides career information, advice and guidance, and can help you to make decisions on learning, training and work, at all stages in your career.