Deciding on a career path is not an easy task. At Collingwood College we believe that access to Information, Advice and Guidance is essential if a student is to make the correct choices about their future and aspire to the career that is right for them. We work with students in a number of ways, from Year 7 right through to the time they leave Collingwood. By being consistent in offering advice and guidance the experience becomes a more effective process and helps to better prepare students to make decisions, understand and meet the various demands they will face in employment, education or training when they leave Collingwood.
Reviewing and developing the Careers Education Programme is something the College puts in high regard so each and every individual can progress effectively through learning and employment, helping them to reach their greatest potential.
Careers work at Collingwood is not merely distributing occupational information or providing guidance and advice about the world of work to students and parents in the final stages of College life, it is an integral part of the educational process that evokes a student to ask and find answers to the questions such as: "What opportunities are available to me?", "What do I want to do with my life?” We try to make the students see Careers Education and Guidance as helping them to choose a well-informed path of life which matches their career aspirations.
A continuous programme of Careers Education begins in Year 7 as part of the College timetable. These lessons follow the ACEG Framework for Careers and Work-related Education and link to a scheme of work that demands the examination of situations and of oneself in a methodical and critical manner, individual research in the collection of information and the analysis of that information – wherever possible the individual’s path is personalised as this very clearly has a substantial role within the new curriculum/self development of each student. The programme gently assists with the choice of subject options/pathways that takes place in Years 8 and 9. Additionally, in Year 9, all students are given the opportunity to attend a specially-arranged careers fair to explore their occupational ideas.
The Careers Education and Guidance Programme continues in Years 10 and 11 leading to the choice of subject options for the Sixth Form, further education, apprenticeships or employment at the end of Year 11.
In the Sixth Form, the Careers Department assists students in making the choice between higher education, further education, apprenticeships or employment. Assistance with applications to all forms of higher education is given mainly via the 6th Form Personal Tutor team.
Collingwood College has a well-equipped Careers library, within the main library, where students can come to explore their future ideas. All students have access to information and resources on further education, apprenticeships and employment within the Careers Library. Additional Careers information can be accessed from the Careers Department's website via the College's portal.
Careers guidance is also available from our Information, Advice and Guidance Co-ordinator at Collingwood College, who is qualified to offer students impartial information, advice and guidance and can help each individual with the various choices they will need to make as they progress from Years 7 to 11 and onwards.