The Careers and Employability Programme

At Bluecoat Beechdale Academy as part of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme every year group has a half term block studying careers and employability. Below you can see the unit overviews and the key aims.

Year Group Theme Key Aims Key Activities
7 Broadening Horizons To determine student motivations, skills and aspirations by exploring a range of inspirational pathways.
  • Introduction to the online Start Profile in order to explore interests, qualities and skills.
  • What is your dream career?
  • Introduction to range of future pathways.
  • Introduction and early development of key employability skills
8 My Future, my choice To explore future pathways and prepare for KS4 options.
  • Introduction to Level 2 qualifications in preparation for key stage 4 options.
  • Early development of their careers journeys.
  • Introduction to enterprise skills.


  • Continued use of the Start website
9 Opportunity knocks To consider careers across a range of sectors how these link with post 16 education and apprenticeships. ·         The local labour market information and the changing world of work

  • An in-depth look at apprenticeships
  • Continued use of the Start website
10 Preparing for the world of work Develop employability skills (including CV, interview, application skills) and engage with local employers and education providers.
  • Preparation for work experience week including applying to different employers


  • Development of CV’s, covering letters, applications and interview skills.


  • Continued use of the Start website
11 College and sixth form applications To ensure all students have a plan for post 16 through consolidation of the range of pathways available.
  • Opportunities for local employers, training providers and higher education colleges during the careers fair, pastoral events and key stage 4 curriculum activities, including an apprenticeship assembly.
  • Opportunity for a 1:1 careers advice and guidance interview with a level 6 careers advisor.


  • Careers action plans devised
  • Support with applications for post 16 destinations.
  • Continued use of the Start website

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