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Our vision is that by the age of 25 all Aldridge graduates will have experienced an outstanding and enjoyable education and be able to sustain the life of their choice. They will be independent, thriving economically and making a real positive contribution to their communities. 

Personal, Social, Relationship, Health, Economics Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (PSRHE/IAG) is advice and support we offer our students to help them develop as young people, active citizens and prepared to make appropriate decisions about their future. Throughout our school the CIEAG provision is delivered under the banner of ‘Future’s. 

Key information about careers is provided to our students with a structured way within the school’s programme of tutor time activities, because they need a realistic expectation of what each option entails and support to help them make decisions that reflect their ability, potential, aspirations and learning preferences. 

Every student at DACA is encouraged to high aspirations for their future, develop their enterprise skills and make the most of their academic ability and talents. We help our students prepare for the next stage education and employment; applying for sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships and the world of employment by providing regular and timely careers guidance, development of enterprise and employability skills and encounters with local organisations and institutions.  

Through DACA’s partnership with the Lancashire Careers Hub and by working with our Enterprise Co-ordinator and Enterprise Adviser, we have excellent links with leading local employers in all sectors. We regularly have visitors into the academy or virtually in curriculum areas, in assemblies or at events to inspire our students and provide them with crucial local labour market information.  

All subjects provide specific subject related information at all key stages and all areas of the curriculum integrate the development of employability skills into their lessons. Local STEM providers such as BAE Systems are also invited regularly to offer students an overview of their progression pathways through interactive sessions. 

Our annual Skill Showcase takes place to allow our students to interact with local employers and be aware of the skills they need for success in a particular industry sector. During National Careers Week there is a whole school focus on promoting careers, this includes inspiring guest speakers providing assemblies for students; staff sharing their career paths and subject teachers raising awareness of careers linked to curriculum areas.  

Baker Clause Statement. This statement sets out our arrangements for managing the access of providers to student at the Academy for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education act 1997 (the ‘Baker Clause’).  

 

Students in Years 8 – 11 are entitled to:  

  • find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;  

  • hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evening’s, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;  

  • understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses 

Parents are actively encouraged to be involved in all aspects of their child’s progression and future prospects. They have access to progress tutors, subject leaders, pastoral managers and specialist advisors, through parent’s evenings, careers events and progress review meetings. If students have a question about careers or want further information they can: 

Our CEIAG provision is evaluated with students, teachers and employers on an annual basis. The school also measures how its careers’ education meets the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. 
  1. A stable careers programme. 
  2. Learning from career and labour market information. 
  3. Addressing the needs of each student. 
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. 
  5. Encounters with employers and employees. 
  6. Experiences of workplaces. 
  7. Encounters with further and higher education. 
  8. Personal guidance. 

 

  • To read our policy on Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance, please click here.

  • For an overview of a students Futures learning journey,  please click here.

  • For an overview of how our careers’ provision meets the Gatsby Benchmarks, please click here.

  • For our policy on enabling access to providers of education and training, see our policy above. Details on how to contact our Careers’ Lead, please see above.

Management of Provider Access requests. Any provider wish to request access to DACA should contact the Careers Leader as detailed above. We have a number of opportunities and forums available. You can identify some of these opportunities through our publish careers programme but we are also very willing to facilitate ad-hoc and targeted access in addition to our planned opportunities.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students have a PSHCEE lesson each week and as part of that programme students concentrate on preparing for their future success.  Students explore a whole host of topics linked to their careers and their future e.g. transition points and their lives; their personal qualities and skills, how to find careers and labour market information and are supported in preparing for their option choices.  In year 9 students are invited to attend an options evening where subjects and appropriate programmes of study are explained and discussed with each student.

All learners are catered for with specialist SEN support and able, talented and gifted pupils identified and encouraged to raise aspirations and achieve to their full potential. Just before choosing their options Year 9 students get to think about their “Fantastic Futures” and come face to face with.

Visit the Year 9 Options page here 

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 PSHCEE provision in tutor time students concentrate on preparing for their futures by exploring options and pathways open to them post 16. Through exploring personal identities they consider their life ambitions and lifestyles. We want out students to experience the world or work and promote work experience in Year 10 where they learn about the work placement, health and safety and experience what it’s like to be an employee. Students are supported to make informed decisions when planning their future. All students are catered for with specialist SEN support and able, talented and gifted pupils identified and encouraged to raise aspirations and achieve to their full potential.

All our year 11 students have at least one 1:1 careers guidance interview, this is an impartial one-to-one meeting with a professionally qualified careers adviser. The careers adviser for DACA is level 6 qualified and employed by MPLOY whom we engage to provide our independent careers advice and guidance to students in school. Applicants for the Sixth Form have at least one 1:1 in-depth progression meeting to help them decide on the most appropriate programme of study after their GCSEs - start with the end in mind and build a tailored programme matched to individual prior attainment. This is reviewed again when applicants receive their GCSE results to ensure they make the best post 16 options that are in line with their post 18 goals.

 Key Stage 5

The focus at sixth form is “next steps”.   Through the tutor time programme students focus on preparing for their futures and consider their post 18 goals and pathways.   In Year 12, students have the opportunity to visit universities and meet apprenticeship providers as well as the higher ability students having the opportunity to participate in a residential at Oxford or Cambridge University. Students have the opportunity to participate in an EPQ programme, which encourages students to hone independent learning and academic research skills.  Students in the sixth form have access to a careers guidance interview with a professionally qualified careers adviser.

Each year, we hold UCAS days for students entering Year 13 in preparation for university applications. Students are offered one to one guidance with applications and are encouraged to apply to Russell Group universities where suitable. We offer bespoke programmes for competitive admissions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary, Oxbridge) applicants and have a very successful rate of admissions for these aspirants.

Post 16 Options

In the UK, you must remain in education, employment, or training until you are 18.  Given the huge range of possible Futures options, there is something to suit everyone.

After you complete Year 11, there are two categories of next steps:

Further Education

  • A Levels
  • T Levels
  • Technical & Vocational Qualifications
  • Applied Qualifications

Work & Learn

  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships

 

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Further Education Options

A Levels - An academic qualification similar in style to GCSEs that prepares you for further study.

T Levels - A technical study programme with an industry placement that is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Technical & Vocational Qualifications - Qualifications that teach you how to do tasks specifically related to the industry you want to be in.

Applied Qualifications - Qualifications that combine academic studies with practical skills to give you an overview of working in a sector.

Sixth Form or College? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDlD_se44g4

How to choose your A Level subjects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHKFrXMCHII

What are T Levels? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rua65bHjMw

 

Further Education at Aldridge

Aldridge Education has Three NW locations that offer further education: Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio and the UTC@MediaCityUK. 

See which pathways your local Aldridge FE providers have to offer:

Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

  • BiTE Faculty (Business & IT)
  • Creative & Performing Arts
  • English, Languages & Media
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Sports & Nutrition
  • Each pathway offers both A Level and BTEC options

Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio

  • Creative Digital Media
  • Health, Social & Child Care
  • Technical Digital

UTC@MediaCityUK

  • Film & TV
  • Interactive Media & Gaming
  • Digital Design

 

Work & Learn Options

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a job where you earn and learn at the same time while working towards a specific qualification.  It’s an increasingly popular next step.  Last year there were over 300,000 new apprentices in the UK, taking the total number of apprentices to over 700,000.

The top six industries to hire apprentices last year were:

  1. Business, Administration & Law
  2. Health, Public Servies & Care
  3. Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies
  4. Retail & Commercial Enterprise
  5. Construction, Planning & The Built Environment
  6. Information & Communication Technology

What is an apprenticeship?

More details and top tips for applying.

Search for an apprenticeship here!

 

Traineeships

A traineeship gives you the opportunity to see what a job is like before you take one of the next steps above.  You will build your CV, gain work experience, get a guaranteed interview, receive work preparation training, and support with English and maths.

What is a traineeship? 

Find a traineeship here!

Post 18 and Adult Learner Next Steps

It’s never too early (or too late) to start exploring the different options for your future.  Here is some helpful information and videos that will support you in making your next steps decisions.

There is a huge range of possible Futures options with something to suit everyone.

  • Education: Higher Education Courses
  • Education: Further Education Courses
  • Learn & Earn: Apprenticeships
  • Learn & Earn: Traineeships
  • Experience: Internships & Work Placements
  • Experience: Gap Years

 

Useful Websites

National Careers Service. 

Career Pilot.

Spring Pod.

Prospects.

The Student Room.

Life Pilot – Support For Learners Over 19.

UCAS.

The Uni Guide.

Apprenticeships.

Education Options

Higher Education

HE Courses

  • Undergraduate Honours Degree Courses e.g. BA, BSc
    — Delivered by universities
    — Progress from Level 4 to Level 6 over the courses of the degree
    — Typically, 3-4 years of full time study
    — Part time and accelerated 2 year options available
  • Foundation Degree Courses
    — Vocational degrees delivered in partnership with employers
    — Typically, two years of study and workplace learning
    — Progression to Honours Degrees possible
    UCAS - Foundation Degrees.

 

  • Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) / Certificates (HNCs)
    — Vocational, job-related qualifications
    — HNCs are a Level 4 qualification and typically take one year full time
    — HNDs are a Level 5 qualification and typically take two years full time
    — Progression to Honours Degrees possible
    Prospects – HNDs.

 

  • Degrees With Foundation Years
    — Learners also study a foundation year to enable those without necessary/relevant qualifications to progress to their chosen degree
    — Applied for directly, not via UCAS

 

  • Access To Higher Education Diploma
    — Learners can prepare for the knowledge and skills demands of HE
    — Suitable for learners who have been out of education for a while or those who do not have enough qualifications
    — Typically one year of study at an FE provider

 

  • Higher & Degree Apprenticeships
    — Learn and earn at the same time
    — Higher Apprenticeships are equivalent to a HNC or Foundation Degree
    — Degree Apprenticeships allow learners to study for a degree, be employed and receive training at the same time
    UCAS Guide To Apprenticeships.

 

Useful Videos and Websites

What is Higher Education? 

Aimhigher - The UCAS Application Process.

UCAS - Writing Personal Statements.

Aimhigher - Support With Student Finances.

Aimhigher - Support With Mental Wellbeing.

The Student Room – Student Finances

 

Further Education

Although most learners move to colleges or FE aged 16, you can still choose an FE course at 17, 18 or as an adult learner.  It is important to note that education in FE is only free to learners until they are 19 unless it is their first Level 3 qualification.

Further Education Options

GCSE Resits - A second chance to achieve your English and Maths GCSEs

A Levels - An academic qualification similar in style to GCSEs that prepares you for further study.

T Levels - A technical study programme with an industry placement that is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Technical & Vocational Qualifications - Qualifications that teach you how to do tasks specifically related to the industry you want to be in.

Applied Qualifications - Qualifications that combine academic studies with practical skills to give you an overview of working in a sector.

Access To Higher Education Diplomas - Qualifications that prepare learners for the knowledge and skills demands of HE

Sixth Form or College? 

How to choose your A Level subjects.

What are T Levels? 

What are the different qualification levels in the UK? 

 

Work & Learn Options

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a job where you earn and learn at the same time while working towards a specific qualification.  It’s an increasingly popular next step.  Last year there were over 300,000 new apprentices in the UK, taking the total number of apprentices to over 700,000.

The top six industries to hire apprentices last year were:

  1. Business, Administration & Law
  2. Health, Public Servies & Care
  3. Engineering & Manufacturing Technologies
  4. Retail & Commercial Enterprise
  5. Construction, Planning & The Built Environment
  6. Information & Communication Technology

The average salary for an apprentice is around £19,000 but there is a wide range depending on the type, location, and industry of the apprenticeship.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • Learn and train for a specific job
  • Benefit from developing a range of industry skills and experiences as well as a qualification
  • Get paid and receive holiday leave
  • Get hands-on experience in a real job
  • Study for at least 20% of your working hours, usually at a college, university or with a training provider
  • Complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
  • Be on a Futures pathway with lots of potential

 

Types of Apprenticeships

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2)
    • Ë— Level 2 apprenticeships are generally considered to be the same level as five GCSE passes
    • Ë— Great first next step
  • Advance Apprenticeships (Level 3)
  • Ë— Level 3 apprenticeships are generally considered to be the same level as two A level passes
  • Ë— Range of next steps including permanent employment, higher level apprenticeships, FE or HE
  • Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4) & Degree Apprenticeships (up to Level 6)
  • Ë— See HE section above

Apprenticeships are listed throughout the year on various local and National sites.  A good place to start your search is HERE. To apply for an apprenticeship, you’ll need to make sure you have an up-to-date CV to send to the employer or to help with completing their application form. If you are short listed, the next step would be an interview with the employer. You can apply to more than one apprenticeship at a time.

What is an apprenticeship? 

More details and top tips for applying.

Search for an apprenticeship HERE.

A guide to applying for apprenticeships: Guide

 

Traineeships

A traineeship gives you the opportunity to see what a job is like before you take one of the next steps above.  You will build your CV, gain work experience, get a guaranteed interview, receive work preparation training, and support with English and maths. Most suitable for those leaners with Level 1/2 qualifications, little work experience and below age 24.

 

What is a traineeship? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii5NwdI_c74

Find a traineeship: https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship

 

Internships & Work Placements

An internship or work placement allows you to spend time working at a company to see what a job is actually like and to gain valuable industry experience.  These opportunities are often short, a few weeks or months, and are usually unpaid.

Types of Internship:

  • Work Shadowing - Follow a professional throughout their day-to-day routine at work.
  • Vacation Schemes - These are commonly offered by industries like management and finance and are a great way to gain experience and to get your foot in the door at your chosen employer.
  • Work Placements - Work Placements are a formal part of some education/training programmes.

Find an internship here.

Aldridge Connect

Building a network of people who could help you The Aldridge Foundation has launched Aldridge Connect, a free site on the social media platform LinkedIn, which has over 27 million users in the UK and focuses on jobs and careers. Joining can help you grow professional connections in industries that interest you; gives you immediate access to a network of all Aldridge students AND professional companies; and provides help with CVs.

https://www.linkedin.com/school/aldridge-connect

Parents

CLICK HERE FOR THE PARENTS/CARERS GUIDE

Students and parents

CLICK HERE FOR THE CAREER MAG FOR PARENTS



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