Students are encouraged to research career ideas throughout their time at Chaucer. In Year 11, an intensive programme of careers interviews, open evenings, LIFE lessons dedicated to producing applications for college, sixth form and apprenticeships, work experience, and mock interviews takes place. Parents are encouraged to attend their child's careers interview, and the Post 16 evening which runs alongside the Year 11 Parents' evening. 

At Chaucer School we help Year 11 students to prepare for their future through:

-       talks in assemblies by speakers from colleges, employers, training providers, sixth forms

-       a Post 16 evening at school on Wednesday 15 November when we invite a wide range of colleges, employers, training providers and sixth forms to set up stands and give advice and information to Year 11 students and parents

-       individual careers interview with an independent qualified careers adviser to discuss career and further study plans. A careers action plan is written and the student has a copy to take home to discuss with parents

-       LIFE lessons to learn how to research options and make successful applications and survive job and college interviews

-       access to comprehensive information on www.ucasprogress.com on the full range of post 16 options in and around Sheffield

-       mock/practice interviews with volunteer employers in school

-       work experience with a company for one week in December

We help all students to make their applications to college, sixth forms or training providers using the online prospectus and application system, www.ucasprogress.com   The school has paid for an account for each student in Year 11, and students have help in their LIFE lessons and their careers interviews to make their applications. This programme can also be accessed at home.

Parents are welcome to attend their daughter’s/son’s careers interview, the post 16 evening in school, and to accompany their daughter/son to open evenings at colleges, sixth forms and training organisations. Dates of these events for the 2017-8 year are shown on the careers section of the school website, and made available to Year 11 students in school.   Parents are welcome to contact Carol James, the independent careers adviser who supports all Year 11 students with their career plans and applications, on 0758 128 6947 or can leave a message with the school reception.

Financial support and child benefit, once your daughter/son has completed Year 11.

Information about Child benefit and/or child tax credits is available on https://www.gov.uk/child-benefit-16-19. It will continue if your daughter/son continues to study full time, at college, in a sixth form, or with a training programme. All the courses students apply for on Ucasprogress are full time. You will have to complete a form which will be sent to you during the year, to say what your daughter/son intends to do, after Year 11. If they have applied for a full time course, just complete the form to say what the course is and where they will be studying. It does not matter if they have not yet got the grades or a start date – it is more important that the form is completed and returned.

If your daughter/son starts an apprenticeship, or a job with training and is receiving a wage/being paid, the child benefit/tax credits will stop.

If your daughter/son for any reason discontinues full time learning, you can expect child benefit/tax credits to cease.

If you have any questions about this, please contact Carol James: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. independent careers adviser on 07581286947 or contact us. 

All colleges, sixth forms and training organisations have access to a bursary fund, to give some financial support to students from families with a low income. This could go towards paying travel costs to and from college, for equipment needed for vocational courses, or for trips and visits which are part of a course. There is more information on https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund and students who think they could qualify for this should ask at college, sixth form, or training when they start, to find out how they can apply for the financial support.

Planning for your Career - Next steps after Chaucer

After you have finished Year 11 at Chaucer, you continue your learning at college, in a school sixth form, or a training provider, or in an apprenticeship with a company.

Continuing to study full time, at college or a school sixth form

  • Huge range of vocational courses (=related to jobs, employment sectors) such as catering, child care, engineering, sport, health and social care … and many morehttps://www.ucasprogress.com/search
  • You would study ONE vocational course plus GCSE Maths and/or English if you do not get grade 4  or above in Year 11
  • You would get a qualification such as a BTEC diploma in the vocational sector
  • Vocational courses are offered at different levels, dependent on the GCSE grades you get at the end of Year 11
  • You can go to universitywith a level 3 vocational course, or you could go straight into employment or onto an advanced apprenticeship
  • A levels where you continue studying subjects you have done at GCSE at a much higher level, or take on a new subject. https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses
  •  You would do 3 or 4 subjects at A level, over two years, at college or in a school sixth form
  • You can go to university with 3 A levels or you could start a job or an apprenticeship
  • A levels are only offered at level 3, requiring at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, and higher grades may be required for specific subject

Employment/Training

  • Train for a skilled career by starting to work for a company, and attending college, or a training centre, or studying while you work for a vocational qualification related to the work. You are paid on an apprenticeship
  • Wide range of apprenticeships https://www.ucasprogress.com/search
  • Training providers are like colleges which support students looking for apprenticeships and provide help with CVs, job search and arrange interviews
  • Many employers expect students to have or be predicted to achieve grade 4 or above in GCSEs in 5 subjects, including English, Maths and Science if it is a scientific or technical apprenticeship
  • Traineeships and study      programmes are work based programmes where students attend sector-based training centres to learn skills and improve on English and Maths, and gain work experience before moving into an apprenticeship.  You are not paid on a traineeship or study programme but child benefit continues to be paid to your parents.

What to do now?

  • Start thinking about the career you would like to have. 
  • Use the JED programme  to try to Big Quiz, look up entry requirements, research careers related to subjects you enjoy
  • Look at your most recent tracking as this will tell you predicted grades and will help you choose the level of course you can apply for
  • Find out about after school sessions if you need to improve your predicted grades for the course you want
  • Use Ucas Progress https://www.ucasprogress.com/search to start searching for courses and training opportunities at local colleges, sixth forms and training providers
  • Find out when the college and sixth form open evenings are so that you can visit, find out about the courses, talk to tutors and students about what is involved and where the course will lead. 
  • Attend your careers interview in school with the careers adviser to talk over your ideas and start planning
  • Talk to your parents about your plans
  • Make sure you attend all the interviews you are invited to – you will only be offered a place at college, sixth form or training if you attend the interviews

Attend the Post 16 evening at school on Wednesday 15 November 2017, 4-6 pm when providers from many different training providers and colleges will attend.

Check out specific information on the websites on the careers section of Moodle.

University Technical Colleges

There are two UTCs in Sheffield;

  • City Centre, specialising in Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing and Creative Digital Media
  • Olympic Legacy Park specialising in Health Sciences, Sport Science and Computing.

Both UTCs are for 14-19 year-old students, students can join in either Year 10 or Year 12.

Further information can be found for both at http://www.utcsheffield.org.uk/