Careers/Future Plans

A Guide to Further Education

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) refers to a range of activities and interventions that help young people to make the right choices. This includes impartial advice and guidance at key transitional times for young people and access to up to date information on careers and other issues affecting their well-being and staying on in learning.

South Axholme Academy aims to help all students fulfil their potential and experience success through an educational environment, which responds to individual need and stimulates and challenges every student. The process of informing, advising and guiding students is given high priority and is seen as crucial in preparing students to make decisions regarding the opportunities and challenges of adult and working life, to prepare students for life in modern Britain and to ensure all students have access to high quality education and support to take their next steps successfully.

South Axholme Academy works collaboratively with a range of providers to enhance its curriculum offer to students; as inspiring every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future. South Axholme Academy is committed to building strong links with employers and developing quality CEIAG provision in agreement with its partners who can help to boost young people's attitudes and employability skills, inform students about the range of roles and opportunities available and help them understand how to make this a reality. Working with our partners ensures that the best range of progression opportunities are made available and consistency of delivery ensures all students receive impartial advice and guidance.

In order to widen access to advice on options available post-16, for example, apprenticeships, entrepreneurialism or other vocational routes alongside the more traditional A levels and university route, other post- 16 providers are provided with opportunities to engage with students on academy premises.

South Axholme Academy works with local authorities to identify vulnerable young people, including those with special educational needs and those at risk of not participating post-16 in order to provide the services that are available to support these students. Targeted support is provided for those students in alternative provision (AP) who may require this support in order to achieve their full potential.

Now is the time to start thinking about what you would like to do when you complete Year 11. Some of you will already have a specific career path in mind, but there is no need to worry or panic if you are undecided. There is plenty of help, support and advice available to you

As you will be aware, South Axholme Academy opened a 6th form in September 2015. In the first year we offered courses in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Psychology, Business Studies, Physical Education, Theatre Studies and Spanish. The courses running from September 2016 are English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Psychology, Sociology, L3 Applied Science, L3 Sport and L3 Business.

We hope you give South Axholme serious consideration as no other school or college knows you like we do and can offer the same level of help, care and support.

In addition to the courses on offer from South Axhome Academy, representatives from John Leggott and North Lindsey Colleges will give a presentation in assemblies at the start of Year 11. Interviews will be organised for students interested in applying for a place at any of the 6th form providers. Individual appointments will be made and these interviews will be held in school over the Autumn and Spring Terms. If you request an interview, you will be notified in writing of the date and time of your appointment.

The School's College and Careers Liaison Officer is Mrs Chatterton who works in the Main School Office. Mrs Wilkinson is also responsible for coordinating the Careers provision within the Academy.

Mrs Chatterton will provide you with a 6th form/college application form in the Spring Term of Year 11. Your application, along with a Report Form showing your estimated GCSE grades, attendance, and a reference from your form tutor will be sent to the places to which you have applied.

You will still be able to take up the place you have been offered at sixth form/college. It will be possible for you to adapt your course of study or to take a one year intermediate course. Your sixth form/college tutor will help and advise you on your programme of study.

Some of you may want to take an Apprenticeship. An Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to get on the job training, to study for a nationally recognised qualification such as an NVQ and earn money while you learn. There are some excellent Apprenticeship schemes on offer, for example in Construction, Hospitality and Catering, Manufacturing, Business Administration, Engineering and Health and Beauty.

Again, all students will be asked if they would like an Apprenticeship interview. Advice and help with filling in applications is available. If you apply for an Apprenticeship, it is advisable to apply for a full-time course at college in addition as a back-up option.

You will complete your Personal Statement and CV during an Enrichment Day focussing on Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance.

These documents will be put into a Record of Achievement to be given to you at Presentation Evening in the November after you leave school. Your exam certificates and a reference will also be included.

Everyone will receive an invitation to Presentation Evening with their exam results in August.

Your main aim during KS4 should be in meeting deadlines, making sure you are organised and putting in maximum effort to your studies. This means, make sure you complete all work to the best of your ability, in order to achieve the grades of which you are capable.

Excellent organisation and planning gives you such a good start to gaining good grades.

Make sure that you obtain any revision books and guides that are on offer and use them. Complete a revision timetable and take every opportunity that you have to attend extra revision classes

Please remember to ask any member of staff if there is anything at all you need help with. There is a world of opportunity open to you and everyone at South Axholme Academy wants to see you achieve your full potential.

Important Information

You are now faced with important choices that will shape your future, so you need to think about your options carefully. The more information you have, the better the decision you will make for you and your future. From 2015 students are required to participate in education or training until the age of 18.

What are the options?

  • Continuing your general education at South Axholme Academy or an alternative college
  • Taking a vocational course - training for a specific job or area of work
  • Starting a work-based training course (e.g. a Apprenticeship)

If you already have an idea of the type of work you are interested in, you will need to think about how your interests and abilities relate to this area of work.

Research the opportunities available on the internet - what are your prospects? Where could each option take you? If possible, arrange some relevant work experience or voluntary work. This will show you are interested and could give you an advantage over others applying for the job.

Making these choices can seem a daunting prospect, but getting some good careers advice will make the process a lot easier. Speak to Mrs Chatterton or Mrs Wilkinson at the academy, subject teachers, family, friends or local careers office. If you know people who are studying / doing the job you are interested in, then ask them what it is like and get advice on getting started.

GCSE resits - College/Sixth Form

If you did not do as well in your GCSE's as you were hoping, opting to resit will mean studying for at least a further year. This may seem a bit depressing - but taking the time now could be the best investment in your future. Core subjects, such as English and Mathematics are often specifically requested for many training or further study options, so getting the qualifications you need will open more doors for you. On results day, staff will be available at South Axholme Academy to discuss your options and sort out a suitable package for you.

'A' and AS level

In order to get on an 'A' level course you will probably need a certain number of GCSE passes. An 'AS' level is equivalent to half an 'A' level. It is a standalone qualification, but the course content is the same as the first year of an 'A' level. 'A' level exams are taken at the end of Year 13.

The benefits are:

  • AS levels allow you to mix a number of subjects - and you can keep your options open a bit longer.
  • You have more options at the end of your first year. If you want a job or a year out, you cannot face more exams or you think a different type of qualification is the way forward for you, you will still have something to show for your work, rather than feeling you have wasted a year.
  • If you stay on into your 'A' level year, you can pay more attention to the subjects that you enjoy and need for the future.
  • You can choose to stay on at school or move to a sixth form/further education college to do your 'A' levels. Before choosing your subjects, find out which ones are useful for either specific courses in higher education or certain career paths. Use university prospectuses to find out course details.

Remember - if you are thinking of continuing your studies to higher education, check the number of 'A' levels required for entry onto the course. South Axholme Academy entry requirements will be on our website.

V Cert qualifications have been developed specifically for pupils aged 14-16. There are a whole host of benefits to offering these Level 1 and Level 2 vocational qualifications.

  • V Certs meet all Ofqual and DfE requirements for rigour and balanced assessment
  • equivalent to one GCSE
  • aid individual student engagement and achievement
  • provide students with the option to specialise within the broader creative sector
  • create hands-on practical learning opportunities
  • give students a chance to explore and gain recognition for their practical skills
  • build student confidence
  • provide access to specific career paths within a variety of creative sectors
  • provide students with access to specific career paths
  • open broad progression opportunities into Level 3 programmes and Apprenticeships.

NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications)

NVQs have been designed by employers. You gain the qualification by showing that you have the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to do the job effectively.

NVQs are based on national occupational standards. These standards are statements of performance - they describe what competent people in a particular occupation are expected to be able to do.

You compare your performance with these standards as you learn, so that you can see what you have achieved and what you still need to do. Assessment is practical and ongoing throughout the course.

Many colleges of further education offer NVQ courses. They can also be taken in the workplace which enables you to gain further qualifications while earning money.


Apprenticeships allow you to learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification while earning some money. An apprenticeship is available to anyone from the age of 16 and is usually available at two levels - Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship - you will have a job and a wage, or be on a work placement with a training allowance. It takes at least 18 months to complete and leads to an NVQ Level 2.

Advanced Apprenticeship - you will have a full-time job with a wage. The training lasts at least two years and leads to an NVQ Level 3 (equivalent to three 'A' levels) and a Technical Certificate. It could lead on to a place at University. All apprenticeship frameworks must include:

  • a competence-based element
  • a knowledge-based element
  • key skills (numeracy, literacy, communication)
  • an awareness and understanding of employment rights and responsibilities

Find out more by clicking on the following links:

A useful websites for those exploring alternatives to university is:

Y12 and Y13 (Pastoral Support Programme)

From September 2016 we will be rolling out our Prepare programme, a fortnightly series of sessions which will be designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed both in Sixth Form and in their future careers. There will be a strong focus on providing information regarding pathways after Sixth Form, as well as looking at developing softer skills within students. There will also be sessions that look at other factors that can affect next steps, including wellbeing, online safety and privacy.

Students who show great potential (A/A* students) will also benefit from our Exceed programme, which will be a bespoke package aimed at providing them with the skills and information required to give them the edge when securing a place at elite universities.

Students will also benefit from bespoke advice through regular meetings with the Sixth Form Administrator, to discuss progress, career goals and set targets towards students reaching their potential.

South Axholme Academy are pleased to be able to provide higher and further education career events in order to help our students make that all important decision about their future.  We are therefore pleased to confirm that the following educational establishments will be available for students to gain advice and discuss their academic future.

  • Riseholme College
  • Bishop Burton College
  • John Leggott College
  • Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA)
  • North Lindsey College
  • Pontefract College
  • Humber UTC
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