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Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) in Sixth Form


In Year 12, students begin their careers pathway guidance in our Next Steps programme in the Autumn term. Students are encouraged to research different pathways using various websites and programmes. All of Year 12 attend a Higher Education fair in March where they gather information and inspiration from various providers. Year 12 then use the KUDOS programme to help them write a CV. In June we host a Futures Day & Evening with visiting speakers from many professions. Here we outline the progression process at SGS in Year 13. Throughout the Year students work with their Learning Mentors on their possible progression pathways. They record their super-curricular and enrichment activities on their Flourish Study Programme to facilitate writing their CV +/- Personal Statement. The High Achievers attend the Oxbridge Conference in March and have extra support in fortnightly lessons. The aspiring Medics / Vets / Dentists have fortnightly sessions with a member of the Science team to help boost their application.



Delivery of CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) at Key Stage 5


CEIAG continues in Key Stage 5 within the Next Steps Programme which is diverse and all-encompassing.(For Y12 fortnightly Week A, for Y13 weekly, Friday Week B and Monday Week A)  The programme differs per week and ensures there are outside speakers across the spectrum including universities, FE colleges, gap year providers, employers and apprenticeships. In addition we:

Host 1:1 interview with students looking for an alternative pathway to University, these sessions are tailored to suit the needs of the students.

Provide CV writing classes for students who are not applying to university and Personal Statement writing workshops.

Run mock interviews with students who are attending job interviews or assessment centres.

Have involvement in ‘Compact’ with additional 1:1 progression help for all Bursary/Free School Meal students

Advise students of possible job vacancies they could apply for and matching skills and qualities of the individuals to the jobs.  We have quite a level of success and have many repeat employers who contact us when a vacancy becomes available.

Provide specialist support to Oxbridge, Vets and Medics throughout Year 12/13 and with their UCAS applications by the Deputy Head of Sixth Form.

Assist students in applying for Education courses at Primary or Secondary level through preparation sessions with the Director of Sixth Form, including guidance on literacy and numeracy entrance tests.

Provide a fortnightly session for Medics with a member of the Science Team.

UCAS personal statements are checked by Learning Mentors and then checked by the Sixth Form College Management Team link to ensure they are suitable, before being uploaded to UCAS.

Students advised how to complete the UCAS application process by the Sixth Form College Management Team.

Designated member of the Sixth Form Management Team to advise Bursary students.

Mock interviews given to UCAS students as and when required with subject specialists involved.

Host a Futures Day ever year for Year 12 students with guest speakers/visitors from a range of employers, universities, FE Colleges and Apprenticeship providers delivering workshops/talks that cater to individual student progression needs.

Host an evening for parents in June of each year to inform them about progression pathway options.

Take all students to the Higher Education Convention at University of Sussex/Brighton/Chichester.

Student Finance seminar.

Fulbright Commission and overseas university guidance.

Google classroom set up to detail apprenticeship and employment opportunities in the locality.

Take an Oxbridge group to the Oxbridge Conference in March of each year.

Bespoke mock interviews given to Medics including MMI mock interviews.

Weekly Communication Sheet is e-mailed to parents and students with university/ employment/apprenticeship/FE College enrichment opportunity information details.

SGS student focus group with University of Sussex for Maths and History.

Study Skills and Employability Workshop for Y12 students held in October of each year.

Support given to Art Foundation students on the application process, portfolio preparation, life drawing classes and preparation for the interview.


Work Experience (WEX) in Year 12

As part of helping our students decide career paths and gain experience, we run a work experience programme at Steyning Sixth Form College where every student towards the end of Year 12 will take part in a one week placement within the workplace. Students choose the area of work they would like to find out more about, whether this is because they want to follow this career path, or they are really not sure what to do but the type of work is of interest which will help them decide if it is for them. Students select the type of work/employer and then work with the WEX coordinator to find a suitable match. All Year 12 students are expected to take part to help them with their understanding of the world of work and gain those important skills employers are looking for. It can also be invaluable for students whether choosing a degree course (some require work experience to gain access to a specific degree) or for CV writing/applications.  


Employers are always needed to help us with placements for our students, we would be very grateful to any employer who is able to help us with a placement for a Year 12 student, please do not hesitate to get in touch to find out more, you can phone Alex Pinhorn on the school number (01903 814555 ex 215) to ask any questions you might have. Or complete the form in the link below to express your interest.   

Employer Engagement Form



Further information

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They provide information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work.


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday pay and get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)


Brighton and Sussex Medical School runs a programme called BrightMed aimed at Year 8 students moving into Year 9. This widening participation initiative aims to identify and support young people who have the potential to become tomorrow’s doctors. BrightMed will increase young peoples’ awareness of studying medicine and will endeavour to raise the aspirations of young people involved in the programme.


There are a number of university course options whereby you can combine studying for a degree whilst working for a particular company or even get sponsored through university.


STEM experience courses at university for Year 12 (16-17 year old) students. During the end of Year 12 and into the summer holidays students will attend a university for a residential course lasting between 3 and 4 days.  You can apply from the mid-September for the courses and you can select up to 5 courses. You will be advised if you have been successful in early March. There is a charge for these courses, however you can apply for a bursary.


These courses offer Year 10 students the chance to explore different apprenticeships and university courses, to understand the fantastic career opportunities and compare different routes into STEM. The courses are designed to help you make well informed decisions when choosing the next step in your education. These courses are non residential and are spread over different universities across the UK, please click the link to find out more.  There is a charge of for these courses, however you can apply for a bursary.


Accredited work experience for young people aged 9 - 21.  By taking part in an accredited experience, you’ll build and enhance your skills and knowledge as you're mentored by industry role models and as you take part in structured activities that will allow you to demonstrate your progress, helping you to succeed in your future study and career choices.


Paid career development work placements for students completing A levels or equivalent qualifications or as part of a university sandwich year. Students are placed with the 300 top UK companies every year including Shell, Rolls Royce, EDF, Network Rail and GKN. Placements are available for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics.


The Sutton Trust work to combat educational inequality and prevent the subsequent waste of talent. They are concerned with breaking the link between educational opportunities and family background, and in realising a system in which young people are given the chance to prosper, regardless of their family background, school or neighbourhood.


They run a number of programmes to support students with the most common of these being the UK Summer School Programme for Year 12 students, which opens in early January and closes in early March, check their website for specific dates and eligibility criteria.



The Sutton Trust run a number of Pathway Programmes

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We have a license for Kudos which is an online careers guidance program for students.  The program motivates young people to consider options they may previously have not considered as a career opportunity.  The students have been emailed our code to make an account and this software can be accessed both in and out of school.


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