Calendar Of Events

Autumn Term

Year Activities
Year 7
  • Shine Project – York University talk to the whole Year 7 cohort regarding the Shine project
Year 8
  • Shine Project – Targeted students visit York University and undertake various tasks
  • Targeted students University Trip to Leeds Beckett – Raising aspirations
Year 9
  • Shine Project – Targeted students visit York University and undertake various tasks
  • Humanutopia "Who am I" – Masterclass raising confidence and aspirations – 15 challenges designed to increase student awareness to HE options
  • Tomorrows engineers around the world workshop – a look at Manufacturing/engineering through a variety of workshops
  • Targeted students University Trip to Leeds Beckett – Raising aspirations
Year 10
  • Shine Project – students visit York University and undertake various tasks
  • Careers & Higher Education Fair
  • STEM masterclass – Activity to promote to students a wider understanding of careers with a STEM qualification
  • Eurogamer convention – students can access Universities and games development companies to discuss future career pathways etc.
Year 11
  • Shine Project – students visit York University for the student conference, students undertake various tasks including talks on Finance, A Levels and Career pathways
  • HE talk from NCOP staff to all Year 11 students
  • JC + talk on Apprenticeships and preparing for Interviews
  • Talk on support that students will receive whilst they are in Year 11, dates and targeted support activities
  • A look at how to apply for apprenticeships and how FIREFLY can support your child with their progression pathway
  • Humanutopia – The final push talk about pathways and future careers
  • Application support begins for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged students
  • UCAS Progress – Your child will be given a username and password for UCAS Progress, they will also be shown how to apply to P16 or College using UCAS progress
  • Careers & Higher Education Fair
  • Morrisby feedback to targeted students
  • Post 16 open evening for Year 11 students
  • Year 11 Interviews start for Post 16
  • Year 11 Parents Evening
  • Updating CVs from mock interview feedback
Post 16
  • Realising Opportunities – students visit York University and undertake various tasks to support their University applications
  • JC+ talk about Work Experience benefits
  • Year 12 targeted students talk from York University regarding the access scheme and reward programme
  • Progression Module – Year 12 Students undertake the progression module, which supports UCAS applications and research – Also worth 12 UCAS points for Universities within the GHWY Universities. (Not all Universities)
  • Post 16 Open Evening
  • Future Careers Event, Includes a 1-1 Interview and look at options
  • Careers & Higher Education Fair
  • Post 16 Parents Evening
  • Options @ 16 – Careers fair at Pontefract racecourse, targeted students
  • Those students wishing to apply to University have a UCAS session once a week, through this your child is supported with their personal statement and application process to University
  • Eurogamer convention – students can access Universities and games development companies to discuss future career pathways etc.
  • Product Design in Action – Engaging and interactive KS5 Product Design inspiration day. Five renowned speakers from a diverse range of studios will give students the inside story of product design- students will learn from real life designers how to think about and tackle design as a concept, how science relates to design and how to use inspiration. They will learn about the careers in the industry and how to take ideas from concepts to commercially viable ideas

Spring Term

Year Activities
Year 7
  • Talentino – Our Year 9 careers ambassadors will work with the L4L team to introduce Year 7 & 8 to the world of work
Year 8
  • Year 8 Preferencing support – Look at options after Year 11 and Post 16, also look at Labour market information and job roles. Research subjects needed to go into job roles that students have identified. Research GCSE and A Levels to support Year 9 GCSE options
Year 9
  • Shine Project – students visit York University and undertake various tasks
  • University trip to Leeds Beckett
  • University trip to York
Year 10
  • Shine Project – Targeted students visit York University and undertake various tasks during a 3 day residential visit
  • Year 10 Parents Evening
  • CV Writing
  • University trip to York
  • Year 10 Mock Interviews
  • 1-1 Interventions, students look at all the routes open to them, we look at University courses and develop an action plan to support their progression
  • 1-1 careers support begins for targeted students
Year 11
  • Application support begins for targeted students
  • Ask Apprenticeships coming in to talk to students about Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship drop-in – WDH are one of several companies who come in to advertise their apprenticeship programme
  • University trip to York
  • 1-1 Interventions, students look at all the routes open to them, we look at University courses and develop an action plan to support their progression
  • 1-1 careers support begins for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged students
Post 16
  • Apprenticeship talk from a local employer, plus some apprentices will be talking about their roles.
  • Realising Opportunities – Targeted students visit York University and Year 12 students will work towards an academic assignment, this will include mentoring and tutorials
  • Progression Module – Students undertake the progression module, support UCAS applications and research – Also worth 12 UCAS points for Universities within the GHWY Universities. (Not all Universities)
  • Student Finance – Talk on student finance
  • Apprenticeship talk
  • Apprenticeship drop-in – WDH are one of several companies who come in to college to advertise their apprenticeship programmes
  • Post 16 Parents Evening

Summer Term

Year Activities
Year 7
  • Shine Project – Targeted students visit York University and undertake various tasks
Year 8
  • Shine Project – Targeted students visit York University and undertake various tasks
  • Labour Market Information activities to support Year 8 choices – Danielle Hutchings (LEP) coming into college to laed the sessions
Year 9
  • BBC Bitesize – Creative Industries aspiration raising programme, a panel of 2-3 professionals from TV, Radio, Journalism, Gaming, Music etc. The aim is to offer inspiring insight into the world of creative work and shine a light on routes into and opportunities within a sector that many of the audience might not have considered
  • Engie coming in to support students in a variety of careers related activities
  • Kudos – students answer questions on their skills, likes and dislikes using the Kudos career matching tool – they then research their top 3 choices
  • Kudos career matching tool – they then research their top 3 choices
  • Engie Careers event – Students attend workshops facilitated by Engie employers where they will participate in enterprise activities
  • Trips to Langthwaite Business Park, students went to visit the Production Park, The Ice Company and Advanced diesel engineering
Year 10
  • BBC Bitesize – Creative Industries aspiration raising programme, a panel of 2-3 professionals from TV, Radio, Journalism, Gaming, Music etc. The aim is to offer inspiring insight into the world of creative work and shine a light on routes into and opportunities within a sector that many of the audience might not have considered
  • Shine Project – students visit York University and undertake various tasks
  • 1-1 Interventions, students look at all the routes open to them, we look at University courses and develop an action plan to support their progression
  • Year 10 Progression Event
  • College visits for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged students
Year 11
  • LMI (Labour Market Information) talk from Danielle Hutchings (LEP) and some business employers
  • Application support begins for targeted students
  • 1-1 Interventions, students look at all the routes open to them, we look at University courses and develop an action plan to support their progression
  • Support with applications
  • Post 16 Enrolment
Post 16
  • Realising opportunities – Targeted Year 13 students will attend an awards ceremony on completion of their academic assignment, this will be at Leeds Beckett University
  • Progression module – Targeted Year 13 students will attend an awards ceremony on completion of their academic assignment, this will be at Leeds Beckett University
  • Those students wishing to apply to University have a UCAS session once a week, through this your child is supported with their personal statement and application process to University
  • University open day visit – students are taken to the university for an open day, there is a chance for them to attend seminars and find out all about university
  • UCAS convention – students can talk to Universities and attend seminars. (Including student finance talk)

We also offer a range of careers information through our teaching curriculum.

Curriculum Area Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance covered
Art Year 7 – 13 – An in-depth look at Careers and Higher education routes within the Art Industry.
Biology Year 7 – 13 – Students look at the careers within the medical profession, research area including Biotechnology, microbiology, genetics and biochemistry. Students also research sectors within the environmental science profession and look at other areas including forensic science, sports science, gene therapist and psychiatrist.
Beauty Therapy Year 12 – The course covers communication skills, selling skills and work related health and safety legislations, all of which help to prepare the students for work. Personal presentation and professionalism is a key focus leading to the students having the opportunity to do work experience in our realistic on site salon and in various settings in the community. The students research into careers and job roles within beauty related industries including spas, gyms, hotels and leading brand companies.
Business Year 12/13 – The course includes units on recruitment and selection, introduction to marketing, business and personal finance – the course is aimed at preparing students to work in business and administration. Students research Careers within accountancy, banking, marketing, human resources and entrepreneurship.
Chemistry Year 7 – 13 – Students research job roles within the medical and research professions, they look at roles including Doctors, Radiographers, Dentists and Medicine Development. Within the research profession students cover job roles such as biotechnology and biochemistry. Other sectors that are researched are forensic science, colour chemist, oil Surveyor, food chemistry and environmental Science.
Child Care Year 9, 10 & 11 – This course gives students an insight and supports them in researching careers in child care, such as child minder, play worker, primary education.
Year 12 – our Level 2 provision in P16 gives students an opportunity to undertake a work experience placement in Child care Sectors such as nurseries and play work assistant.
Year 12/13 – Our Level 3 course again provides students with work experience in a child care sector, quite a lot of our students go into local schools. The programme also provides students who achieve the full qualification a licence to practice in an early years setting or go on to university to study primary teaching, social work, paediatric nursing and similar carers.
Creative, Digital Media Year 10, 11 & 12 – Students look at job roles within the CDM Industry. They research Pre-production skills, creating Digital Graphics, creating a multi-page website and looking at the wold of creative digital animation.
Year 12/13 – Students research jobs role within the CDM Industry, looking at sectors such as Media products and audiences, Pre-production and planning, journalism and the news industry and sounds in the media industry, e.g. music.
English Year 7 – 13 – Look at descriptive writing and editing, as well as speaking, listening and presenting skills that will help in the world of work.
Year 12/13 – Look at editorial writing and the aspects of journalism.
Year 12/13 – Research roles within advertising & marketing .
French Year 8 – Students look at the positives of studying a foreign language. Discussing careers that languages are used commonly in.
Year 11 – Students discuss future study ideas, looking at routes in to University and Apprenticeships. Students also discuss Job preferences and look at part time work and the advantages and disadvantages of working or not working.
Flex Year 9 – PSD targeted Pathways – Discuss areas such as preparation for work and timekeeping, research job markets and preparing for Interviews.
Year 10/11 – Explore careers industries within the travel and tourism sector.
Hospitality & Catering Year 8 – Exploring careers within food.
Year 9/ 10 – Exploring roles, responsibilities and other key areas in the catering and hospitality industry.
Year 11 – Explore career opportunities in the food Industry.
Geography Year 7 – Students look at the different sectors of employment within Geography, exploring how they have changed over time. Students also look at logistics in different industries, looking at how a mobile phone goes from being made to ending up on shop shelves.
Year 9 – 11 – Through the changing world topic Students look at industries including science parks and business parks and research the reasons why they locate in particular areas. We also look at enterprise zones, again it is more about advantages of location which does include skilled employees etc.
Health & Social Care Year 9 – 10 – Students explore careers in the Health and Social Care.
Year 12 – Students explore careers within the Health Care sector, they also have the opportunity to gain some valuable work experience in a social care setting.
Year 12/13 – Our level 3 students explore careers within the Health Care sector, they also have the opportunity to gain some valuable work experience in setting such as the NHS and other Care settings.
HLTA Year 14 – Our HLTA programme gives students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience within a school setting, on completion of the course they also gain HLTA status.
L4L Year 7/8 – Talentino – Year 9 Careers Ambassadors will support staff to introduce careers education information advice and guidance to our students. Students have a skills audit and look at how these skills support different Careers, they also research these Careers and LMI. (Labour Market Information)
Year 8 – We look at different pathway routes including University, College, and Apprenticeships. We also look at how FIREFLY can support students with their choices. We have a dedicated area for our year 8 preference pathways on the Careers/MAP office section of FIREFLY. Students can also research career job roles to support their GCSE choices.
Year 9 – Kudos – Students take a Psychometric quiz that Identifies and matches their skills and likes to certain job roles, the students then research 3 of their identified job roles. Looking at areas such as LMI (Labour Market Information).
Year 10 – CV and mock interviews, students complete a CV and then have an interview with an outside business. Feedback is given on the interview and CV.
Year 11 – We look at the support year 11 students receive through their final year. Students have a UCAS progress session and support to fill in their application forms. We look at pathways to University, apprenticeships etc. to support students informed decision making.
Maths Year 7 – 11 – Discuss how maths is used in different occupations.
Year 12/13 – Students look at the role of an accountant.
Music Year 9 – 11 – students study a unit purely based on the Music industry and how all job roles link together. They have to know the process of putting on a concert including all job roles, legal requirements and skills involved, this also goes for the recording process.
They then learn about requirements of an artist including licensing music, copyright, distribution, wages and contracts etc.
All music industry job roles are covered and students also learn about unions, venues, licensing etc.
Performing Arts Year 10 – Preparation, Performance and Production – Understanding and applying the skills required for all job roles of the industry in order to put on a performance event.
Year 9/10 – Exploring the performing Arts – Developing and applying the understanding of performing Styles by exploring the wok of the industry.
Year 12/13 – Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance – developing and applying the skills of a live performer.
Photography Year 12 & 13 – An in-depth look at Careers and Higher education routes within the photography industry.
Physics Year 7 – 11 – Students explore job roles within the medical profession, areas that they look at include Doctors, Radiographers and Dentists. Within Physics they also look at the role Physics plays in the Engineering sector, exploring roles within engineering such as Civil, Automotive, Aerospace, MOD and bio engineering. Other areas they research include product design, space exploration, particle physics and sports science.
Pre–Apprenticeship Programme Year 12 – This course is aimed at preparing students for working life – this includes applying for jobs, working in teams, solving work related problems and involves work experience.
Product Design Year 8 – Exploring careers in product design.
Year 9 – Explore job roles including, technical drawing, CAD operators, graphic design packaging, technicians, computer programming and the energy Industry.
Year 10 – Explore job role within, technical drawing, CAD operators, graphic design packaging, and technician.
Year 11 – Explore job roles within product design and manufacturing.
Year 12/13 – Product Design in Action – Engaging and interactive KS5 Product Design inspiration day. Five renowned speakers from a diverse range of studios will give students the inside story of product design- students will learn from real life designers how to think about and tackle design as a concept, how science relates to design and how to use inspiration. They will learn about the careers in the industry and how to take ideas from concepts to commercially viable ideas.
Psychology Year 12/13 – Students research career areas such as psychology, clinical psychology, nursing, teaching, law and counselling.
Sociology Year 12/13 – Students research job roles such as social work, counselling, probation officer and the police.
Sport Year 12 – Students look at different areas within the sports world, they look at Health & Safety at work, learning how to risk assess. The year 12 students also look at routes into sports coaching, as well as sports organisation and development. Students study and take part in the organisation of a sport event.
Textiles Year 8 – Explore careers within textiles.
Year 9/10 – Explore different job roles within manufacturing.
Year 11 – Explore roles in researching fashion and the different roles within manufacturing.