Careers Education & Guidance
The aim of Careers Education at St Patrick's is to help pupils:
As part of the new Curriculum, Employability and the World of Work are now statutory components of Key Stages 3 & 4.
In Key Stage 3 pupils are taught modules of Learning for Life and Work, Citizenship and Employability.
In Key Stage 4 pupils take a GCSE in Learning for Life and Work.
In order that each pupil may gain maximum advantage from the curriculum o offer, there is a timetabled careers programme in Years 20 - 12. These classes and individual interviews (with the assistance of Careers Officers from DEL) are designed to help pupils make informed choices with view to future employment. There is a comprehensive programme of talks by guest speakers from the public and private sectors, participation in seminars, workshops and mock interviews. A one-week work experience programme is an essential element of the course and is completed by all Year 12 pupils. This ensures that all pupils are extremely well prepared for their future careers.
At Post 16, advice and guidance is provided for the UCAS application process, DEL Career Officers hold personalised interviews with all Post 16 students to guide their career choices. University visits are arranged for Year 14, and time off for interviews is timetabled during the period that third level institutions are making offers.
On the examination results day, staff are on hand to provide advice and guidance if required.