Careers Guidance and Education

Careers Education and Guidance

All students are entitled to impartial Careers Education and Guidance. You receive this through your PSHEE lessons, Alternative Curriculum days, information days for Key Stage 4 and Post-16 options plus other support you get from your tutors, teachers, mentors, outside agencies etc.


Careers Guidance discussions

Due to changes at government level, the way in which Careers Guidance is delivered to young people has changed. Young people are no longer automatically entitled to a Careers guidance discussion, although we aim to ensure that everyone who wants a discussion gets one. If you would like to ensure that you speak to someone regarding your career plans, please speak to Ms C Sykes.


Careers Education and Guidance - Support at HACA

Mrs K Penn - Careers Coordinator (Key Stages 3 and 4)

Ms A Forster – Careers Coordinator (Post 16)


Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

All young people are now required to stay in education or training until they are 18. This is the Government's policy.

This means that if you left Year 11 in 2013 you will need to remain in learning or training until you are 17/18. If you leave Year 11 from 2014 you will need to remain in learning or training until you are 18. This will equip you with the skills needed to compete in the changing world of work.

It's not just about staying at school (although lots of people will choose to stay on). You will be able to choose between full time education (at school, or college), work-based learning (such as an apprenticeship), or employment/volunteering for more than 20hrs per week plus part time education.

Visit UCAS Progress to find out more your options for post 16.

Labour Market Information

For the latest information on the labour market in our region - click here.

Shape Your Future

For the latest edition of Shape Your Future published by the National Careers Service - click here.

Useful Websites for Careers Guidance

For general careers advice, help with writing a CV, job profiles and information on courses and learning. Please visit:

For more information on careers in our region visit:

All students have access to Job Explorer Database and Higher Ideas which help students research hundreds of jobs and Higher Education courses. If students wish to use these programmes at home they should log on to them in school, click on the use at home button and make a note of the ‘Home user top up code’.

For information on university courses, university applications and student finance. Please visit:

For information on, and how to apply for apprenticeships. Visit:

For the latest apprenticeship vacancies Click Here


For advice about starting your own business visit:

For information on distance learning, higher level apprenticeships, gap years and gap year jobs visit:

For general careers advice and guidance visit:

Considering a career in construction? Explore GoConstruct and use the online tools to find out what a career in construction can offer you, visit:

To compare FE providers and courses - Click Here

For a complete guide to all the universities - Click Here

For information and advice on applying to university - including information on how to write a personal statement - Click Here

For information on apprentices, jobs and other alternatives to university - Click Here

Careermap is a website for 16-24 year-old's looking for a pathway into apprenticeships and early careers. The Google Maps interface is familiar to use and makes searching for local and immediate vacancies quick and easy.

For more information on careers in the NHS click here.

For help with decisions about which courses to study and how they link to degrees and careers click here.