Careers & Learning for Life
All of our students have the right to access free and impartial Careers Information, Education and Guidance, as well as the opportunity to gain experience of the world of work. This entitlement is delivered through discreet Careers sessions throughout their life at the College, starting in Year 9. The Careers Information, Education and Guidance we provide for our students is further enhanced by our support staff and dedicated Careers advice personnel who undertake individual guidance interviews with them.
Further details about Careers Information and Guidance at the College can be found in the document below:
Careers Information and Guidance Team
Mrs Helen Suffolk-Adams
Careers Leader/Careers Counsellor
Mrs Suffolk-Adams is a professionally trained Careers Practitioner and is able to offer impartial Careers Information and Guidance to all students. Located in the Information Centre on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Students and Tutors can request an appointment in person or via email. Employers, Schools, Colleges and Training Providers can all contact Mrs Suffolk–Adams by email.
For many, the first point of contact will be the student’s Personal Tutor who can refer them to a member of the team.
Key Stage 3
In Year 9, sessions involve learning about self-awareness, with students finding out about themselves and their strengths and weaknesses. This helps them to understand how their working life and the choices they make will fundamentally affect their future. Students are introduced to the Careers resources within the Information Centre and have experience of using Kudos (a guidance software program). All Students will follow a WOSH placement during Enrichment Week in Term 5.
Key Stage 4
Learning For Life sessions begin at GCSE with sessions that are designed to deliver quality education and guidance to students and to prepare them the world of work. The curriculum has been designed to not only cover careers but the wider topics of Citizenship and tolerance of other cultures and keeping safe online. Topics covered include the construction of CVs, Personal Statements and Letters of Application in preparation for their Work Placement in Term 3. Following their placements, their experiences are evaluated and this is used as a basis for developing their Progress Profiles.
In Year 11, the focus is on the future, including sixth form options and students are given detailed information on the main courses of action open to them. During Term 1 students will receive sessions on interview techniques delivered by employers themselves. They will be introduced to the various options available to them in Derby after GCSE, including Apprenticeships. During Term 2, students will study a personal finance programme helping them to be ready to live independently, including learning how to cook. This continues with a unit on Politics and Law during Term 3. During Term 4, students are introduced to the idea of further study with supervised study and revision sessions to support the run up to their GCSE examinations. This will be further supported by revision technique sessions delivered by the University of Derby.
The College can also provide extended Work Placements under the Work Related Achievement Programme (WRAP). The WRAP placements are designed to support the few students who may find following a full curriculum programme in Key Stages 4 or 5 particularly challenging.
Key Stage 5
Sixth Form students receive Careers Information and Guidance through further Learning For Life sessions. Students experience more detailed sessions on law and politics and then begin a tailored programme catering for all students, including those progressing into Higher Education and those who are entering employment and training. It also includes presentations for Years 12 and 13 on various topics, such as University life, finance and taking a Gap Year.
Students in Year 12 undertake a two-week Work Placement as part of their Sixth Form course during Term 5. They are fully supported to arrange their own placement by the Careers Team at the College.
What are the options for Sixth Form Education?
There are a range of options available for continuing to study, Sixth Form:
You can remain at Landau Forte College, Derby. You will need to apply for either A Levels, or a Level 3 course of study. To continue at LFC will require you to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs graded A* to C (some courses of study will have further requirements). You will be able to find all this information on the Post-16 section of the College Website.
There are other options for sixth form study; you could apply to study elsewhere, at one of a number of local schools that provide sixth form education.
Choosing what to study?
This takes careful consideration and research. Consider the subjects that you are strong in, that keep your interest and that you enjoy. Do you have a particular career idea in mind? Some careers require specific subjects to be studied. Are you thinking of continuing your studies at University?
There are plenty of sources of help available for your research:
There are a number of local colleges, which will offer a wide range of courses and provision such as A Levels, Apprenticeships and work-related (vocational) studies.
You will find prospectuses for many of the colleges in the Information Centre, or go online and look at the Colleges’ websites for further details on what they offer and for details of their open days and application process. Local colleges that may be of interest are:
- Derby College
- Burton and South Derbyshire
- New College Nottingham
- Chesterfield College
- South East Derbyshire College
Routes Ahead is a useful website that allows you to search which courses are offered by Derby and Derbyshire Colleges.
Traineeships and Apprenticeships
A Traineeship is an introduction-level programme that combines a work placement with training, it helps to prepare young people for the world of work and supports with English and Mathematics if required. A Traineeship can last up to 6 months.
Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher/Degree levels, and are available in a wide range of employment sectors. The length of time that it takes to complete is dependent on the level and occupation. All Apprenticeships are real jobs so you earn a salary, at the minimum the national Apprenticeship wage but many employers pay significantly more. Hence the tagline “earn whilst you learn”.
All Apprenticeship opportunities must be advertised on the national Apprenticeships website. You must be registered on this site to apply. It is advised that you monitor the website regularly, but remember you cannot start an Apprenticeship until you reach the compulsory education leaving date, after the last Friday in June.
The National Apprenticeship Week is 14 to 18 March 2016. There will be many events around the City during this week.
Derby has a host of Training Providers, covering a wide range of occupational areas. A Training Provider links with employers to provide a work based learning opportunity.
Some Training Providers also offer specialist programmes for young people who require extra support to progress onto course of study or Apprenticeship.
You can enter employment, however because of the changes in Raising the Participation Age (RPA) you cannot take a job that does not have recognized accredited training as you need to continue in learning until the age of 18.
What do the different levels of study mean?
Confused about study options and levels?
- Level 1 – GCSEs at 3 and below
- Level 2 – 5 or more GCSEs at 4 and above
- Level 3 – A Levels, AS Levels, BTEC Level 3
For more information of the full range of qualifications and their levels visit National Careers Service.
What are my Year 13 options?
Again, there are many different options available to students, typically more than 80% of our students are successful in gaining places at university, others opting to take a Gap Year or securing apprenticeships.
Many of our students will consider University as a natural progression from their level 3 studies and will benefit from much support whilst here at Landau Forte College Derby. Key issues will be addressed through the Learning for Life programme to help you with your research and choices.
There is a wealth of research information held in the Careers section of the Information Centre. The UCAS website is a superb source of information.
An alternative to University, these Higher Level Apprenticeships are advertised on the national Apprenticeship website. Setting up alerts and monitoring the website is key.
Employment & Volunteering
Sourcing job vacancies takes a proactive attitude, students will develop self-marketing skills and strategies through the Learning for Life programme.
For some students a Year Out or Gap Year is an option. This option requires careful planning and consideration. What will be the focus of a Gap Year? How will it benefit or support your future plans?