Career Support

Post-16 Options

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Useful links mentioned in the above loom video: 

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College 
East Sussex College Group (Eastbourne and Lewes) 
Seaford Head 6th Form 
Plumpton College 
Institute for Contemporary Theatre 
A levels 
T levels 

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Careers and College Transition at PCS

All young people need a planned programme of activities both to help them choose appropriate pathways at 14 and 16 and to enable them to manage their careers, career progression and sustain employability throughout their lives. PCS provides impartial Careers Education,

Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to support students’ transition, not only to further or higher education, vocational training or employment, but to support them in becoming independent managers of their own careers.

Our school encourages students to aspire and value lifelong learning, provide opportunities to develop key employability and enterprise skills which are highly valued by employers, colleges, universities, and apprenticeship providers. The CEIAG Programme has been developed to engage parents and local employers, both in school and externally, to support our students in becoming employable and aspirational young people in accordance with the recommended Gatsby Benchmarks. We are in the process of updating our Investors in Careers Award.

All pupils in years 8-11 are entitled:
• To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point.
• To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships - through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
• To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

The named careers lead for the school is Madi Bliss: - 01273 581100

The Careers policy is available here.

Students will receive careers guidance in SPHERE (Social, Personal, Health, Economic and Religious Education) but may also ask for further guidance through the library, tutor or Head of Year.

Parents wishing to have more information should contact:

Mrs Pellett, Library and Careers Co-ordinator -
Ms Newman, Careers Advisor -

We invite any organisation wishing to present to our students regarding careers and education to contact:

We regularly review our careers provision and impact, and keep a range of internal tracking including:

• Student Council
• Student feedback on their experience of the careers programme and what they gained from it
• An annual careers survey to all staff
• Staff feedback on careers lessons, mock interviews etc
• Gathering informal feedback from external partners and from parents
• Quality assurance of careers lesson
• Student destination figures post-16

Careers provision will be reviewed annually in January each year.

YE Learning Zone


Careermap is an online career resource that provides live post-16 opportunities, such as apprenticeship vacancies, college courses, university and graduate options. We also offer career advice and guidance so young people can make well-informed decisions to enhance their futures! Check out 1000’s of live opportunities here.


PCS Alumni

This year, Peacehaven Community School is working with the charity Future First to help us stay in touch with former students.

If you are a former student, we’d love to hear what you’ve done since leaving us. Whether you’re at university, doing an apprenticeship or have had a variety of jobs, we would love for you to join our alumni network so that we can stay connected and let you know about exciting opportunities to get involved.

Even if you’re not one of our former students, Future First work with many schools, and you can see if your former school is a member here:

There is no obligation to do anything after you’ve signed up but you’ll receive a few updates to let you know what we’re up to here at the school and you’ll also hear about opportunities to get involved if you want to.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs Pellett:

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Measuring impact of the careers programme

At PCS we track every individual student's interaction with the careers programme. This includes, but is not exclusive to, work experience, employer encounters and university visits. In this way we are able to keep a detailed record of the experience of each student and also target students for specific programmes or interventions if needed. After every event or interaction we gather student voice and feedback regarding the relevance and enjoyment of the experience. One of the key measures for measuring impact is destinations; what our students go on to do after leaving PCS post 16. Based on latest DFE figures 95% of young people go on to stay in education for at least two terms against a national average of 94%.

Review of Careers Programme

We review our progress towards fulfilling the Gatsby Benchmarks - three times during the academic year - December, April and June - and share this information with governors and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

National Citizen Service

NCS is here to help you on your journey. If you're aged 15-17, come and prove what you’re capable of achieving.

NCS is an experience designed to make you feel challenged and changed, engaged and empowered. The four-phase programme is just the beginning of an exciting journey that will give you all the confidence and skills you need to seize the future you want.

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The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

1. A stable careers programme
2. learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplace
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

All students will receive careers guidance in a number of ways:
• In careers education during PSHE and Citizenship
• Highlighted career potential and opportunities during subject lessons and
• Careers library in the library and advice from our careers team
• Access to one to one interviews and meetings with the Youth Employability service
• During tutor time
• Through our enterprise advisor

All students are encouraged to have enterprise skills, representing the demand from parents and local employers.

• Through studying for the London Institute for banking and finance in Y9 and Y10
• Opportunities to take part in the ‘tenner challenge’ and other activities from Young Enterprise
• Working at the PCS shop in the Meridian shopping centre
• Charity events run throughout the year
• The PCS summer fair or Winter Fair

For Parents

Guidance is available for both you and your child, we recommend that you encourage students to discuss careers as much as possible, focussing on their personal dreams and ambitions, and how this is supported through the school values.

At PCS we use to help shape our careers education, students will all be registered in PSHE lessons but we welcome any student signing up prior to this, it is a valuable tool to start discussion on careers.

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At the end of Y7 students are choosing to apply for the International Baccaluerte pathways, during this process parents and students are asked to consider the aspiration they have, students are interviewed and the range of local, national and global opportunities are discussed. All students consider the aim they have, whether this is technical, academic or in another specialist field.


In Y8 students are introduced to careers education in PSHE, students will use to access impartial guidance. Students will be taught about the range of opportunities available to help to help guide the options process. Students gain information on what it means to have a career, the difference in skills and qualities and how they can research careers options.

Students in the IB band will receive additional trips to universities and a sharp focus on the role of university education and the knowledge required for the best universities.


In Y9 students start studying for the LIBF certificate of financial education, we believe this is a qualification that develops young peoples ambition and employability skills. Students will also receive individual lessons on the types of work and in options subjects.

We are proud to take advantage of the East Sussex Opening doors project and many students will receive invites to attend specific events at local employers. In 2017 these trips included

• Rampion wind farm
• Grand Hotel Eastbourne
• Rathffiny wine estate


All students are invited to take part in work experience at the end of the year, this is supported through an in depth careers unit in PSHE at the start of the year, and tutor times throughout the year building CV’s, personal statements and lessons in how to act in the workplace. Students reflect on these as an extended piece of writing in English at the end of the year.


Applying for college and further education is the main theme for Y11 with students receiving lessons on personal statement, interviews and interview technique. Students will all apply to a range of options.

In January, we invite local employers to interview each of our Y11 students, this provides impartial feedback to students about suitability for employment and presentation and in some cases has led to offers of employment.

Request for Speakers

If you would like to volunteer to give a career’s talk during a lunch time or tutor time please do get in touch and e-mail as we would love to hear from more employers.

Year 11 - Post 16 Choices

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Students wishing to apply to Plumpton College, East Sussex College (Lewes, Eastbourne or Hastings), or Seaford Head 6th Form need to apply through the e-prospectus website

Students have already been given their login details for e-prospectus but if there are any problems please contact Mrs Pellett by email -

Students wishing to apply to colleges in Brighton need to apply on the colleges own websites.

Students can apply to more than one college and for more than one course.

Further information, advice and guidance will be available to students through a series of after-school presentations and PSHE lessons. We would also encourage Year 11 students to attend as many college open evenings as possible.

At PCS we also have a well-stocked careers library, if you would like to look at information on specific careers. If you need help accessing any of the websites below or would like to book a careers meeting, please see Mrs Pellett or Ms Newman in the library or email:


Check out the careers based websites below for help with everything from Apprenticeships to Work Experience.

Write a CV Guide

General Educational Information - Finance, volunteering, higher education, employment - Education updates including English Baccalaureate

National Career websites - National Careers Service -National Health Service - Nursing and Midwifery Council - Army - RAF - Navy - Merchant Navy - Ministry of Defence - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - Careers inform from the automotive industry

Careers Research - Advice and guidance to parents & carers with regards to the options open to students after leaving school - Careers films on the web - Careers Advice, Choices & Ideas - Prepare students for a rapidly changing world - click here for Parent Guide - Online careers resource - General information for young people

A levels - Making A level choices

Apprenticeships - To register and see vacancies - To see local Training Providers - Science, Engineering & Manufacturing Tech - Southern Water

Post 16 Destinations - Albion in the Community (Sport) - BACA - BRIT (Performing Arts) - BIMM (Music) - Cardinal Newman - Newman College - Crawley College - DV8 - Hove Park Sixth Form - ICT (Performing Arts) - Military Preparation College, Eastbourne - Seaford Head - Shoreham Academy - Worthing College - Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (Formerly City College) - Sussex Downs Group, Eastbourne and Lewes - Brighton - Brighton - Northbrook College - Worthing - Plumpton, Lewes - Bexhill - Sutton, Croydon, Rosehill and Brighton - Hastings - Kings Academy Ringmer - Uckfield Community College - Council for Independent Colleges - Careers East Sussex

Universities All you need to find the right uni! - League tables and rankings - Represents 20 leading UK universities - How to apply and much more

Routes other than university - the one stop site for apprenticeships,
gap years, distance learning and jobs

Volunteering - Gap year/volunteering

Work experience

Study abroad

Understanding what employers want

Additional Information, Advice and Guidance

Prospectuses and Application Forms

College prospectuses and application forms will be available from the careers area at the back of the library from early October. There will be lots of help on completing applications forms available from PSHEE teachers and mentors over the next few weeks.

Top Tips for parents to help your child succeed:

• Encourage healthy breakfasts
• Ensure your child stays hydrated
• Organisation is crucial!
• Use a notice board / fridge for key dates
• Encourage good sleep patterns (8 hours a night)
• Attend all PCS Year 11 events and College Open Evenings
• Refer to the homework timetable (found on PCS website). Students should be doing some homework every evening,
this is good practise, not only for GCSE’s but for college too

Please make sure that you take full advantage of all the help and support available to you

Remember - Good attendance and punctuality are crucial for a good reference and future success!