The school’s Careers Leader is Mr Silgram and he can be contacted by telephone on 0121 566 6444, extension 27035, or by email: sil@moseley.bham.sch.uk

The 2016 Ofsted report noted that a “comprehensive programme of careers information advice and guidance is in place, starting in Year 8. Impartial advice is provided that draws on the expertise of a dedicated careers adviser. The careers programme is extensive and effectively raises the aspirations of pupils”…“As a result of the excellent careers provision, the proportion of pupils who leave the school to move successfully on to sixth form, college or into employment with further training is rising”.

These web pages aim to support students to make informed decisions about their future choices and to help parents/carers to assist their daughter/son with their options. They can also be used by school staff to support students.

There are 13 sections that focus on key questions and answers. You will also find links to useful websites, videos and other sources of information and help.

 

 

Please choose from the following 13 sections

Need careers advice?

Q: Can I get careers advice in school?

A: Yes, Moseley School employs its own careers adviser. Mr Silgram is a qualified careers adviser and a registered professional with the Career Development Institute.

Mr Silgram provides impartial (unbiased) information, advice and guidance (IAG) to help students make an informed decision about their future options and career choices.

Advice and support is available for all students at the Careers Club on Tuesdays after school in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and there is a lunch-time “drop-in” session for Year 11 pupils on Thursdays in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC).

1:1 careers interviews are also available for students.

Mr Silgram can be contacted by telephone on 0121 566 6444, extension 27035, or by email: sil@moseley.bham.sch.uk

A range of careers information is available in the LRC and the sixth form library. For more details go to Useful websites & information

  • National Careers Service: Their careers advisers can talk to you about your choices online or over the phone on 0800 100 900. Advisers are available from 8 am to 10 pm.
  • Birmingham Careers Service: You can get help from them if you have left school, are aged 16 to 19 (up to 25 if you have a learning difficulty or disability) and are unemployed and looking for a college course, job, training or apprenticeship.
Q. Is there any help I can get when I’m not in school or when I’ve left?

A. Yes, support is available from the National Careers Service. Their careers advisers can talk to you about your choices online or over the phone on 0800 100 900. Advisers are available from 8 am to 10 pm.

Also, you can get help from Birmingham Careers Service if:

  • You have left school.
  • Are aged 16 to 19 (up to 25 if you have a learning difficulty or disability).
  • Are unemployed and looking for a college course, job, training or apprenticeship.

This service is available at their Birmingham Careers Service outreach venues.

Year 8 options

Icould videos include people talking about their own choices at 14 and their own personal career stories, covering a wide variety of jobs and sectors.

The website also has articles and information about your option choices.

Q. Are GCSE and other subject choices made in Year 8 or Year 9?

A. Like many schools, students at Moseley School choose their courses in Year 8, which means you will get up-to three years to study your subjects. However, some schools continue to make their subject choices in Year 9.

It is also possible to transfer at the start of Year 10 to a specialist vocational college, such as Aston University Engineering Academy (which specialises in engineering and science courses) and Birmingham Ormiston Academy (which specialises in creative, digital and performing arts courses).

Q. Are there any subjects I have to do?

A. Yes, the “Core Curriculum” is studied by all students to ensure basic skills are developed and a broad and balanced education is gained by everyone. These include English, maths, science, RE and PE (non-examined); plus at least one from modern foreign languages, history or geography.

Q. What choices will I have?

A. The “Additional Curriculum” enables you to choose other GCSE/BTEC subjects, such as art, drama, computer science, engineering, business studies, health & social care, travel & tourism, sport studies and textiles. Full details of courses on offer will be in your Year 8 information booklet.

Q. What is the English Baccalaureate (EBacc)?

A. The EBacc is not a qualification in itself. It is a particular group of GCSE subjects looked on favourably by universities. The subjects are English, maths, science (including computer science), history or geography and a modern foreign language. You do not need to have studied all these subjects to go to university but having your GCSE mix steered towards the English Baccalaureate will help keep options open.

Q. What is a BTEC?

A. BTECs are work-related qualifications. They cover a wide range of vocational areas and learning is related to the world of work. Assessment is through a portfolio of work, but may also include some examination. A level 2 qualification is equivalent to GCSE at grade A* to C. They can be taken alongside, or in place of, GCSEs.

Q. What is a GCSE?

A. General Certificate of Secondary Education. GCSEs cover general subjects like English, maths, history, science and languages. The Government has introduced changes, including a new 1-9 grading scale, which is being introduced gradually over three years from September 2015 (starting with maths and English). This will replace the current A* to G grades. For example, grades 4/5 will be equivalent to a grade C, grade 6 is equivalent to a grade B and grades 7-9 are equivalent to A/A*. Full exams will be taken in the summer at the end of two years of study.

Q. When do I have to make my choices?

A. Choices are usually made in January/February of Year 8.

Q. How do I choose what subjects to take?

A. Reasons for choosing a subject include:

Enjoying it.
Finding it interesting.
Being good at it.
Teachers indicating that you will do well at it.
The subject is needed or useful for future career ideas.

Ensure you read the course information in your Year 8 information booklet. You need to make sure courses suit your own personal learning style, so think about the way you learn best. Check out how each subject is taught and whether you are assessed by coursework or an examination (or both).

Also, discuss the courses available with parents/carers, family and other people, such as subject teachers, your form tutor/Head of House for general advice, Mr Edwards (Deputy Headteacher) and the school’s careers adviser, Mr Silgram.

Mr Silgram can be contacted by telephone on 0121 566 6444, extension 27035, or by email: sil@moseley.bham.sch.uk

You should not choose a subject just because your friends are doing it!

Q. Will I get any other support from the school?

A. Yes. You will also have an opportunity to attend, with your parents/carers, a Year 8 Pathways Evening, which will give further information about the options on offer and how the process works.

Additionally, during school time, there will be PSHE careers lessons to provide an opportunity for you to explore options available and to see how subjects relate to careers. Although you don’t need to decide what career you want just yet, giving it some thought may help with Year 8 options.

For further information, you could also check the Icould videos.

Q. What jobs could I do with a specific subject e.g. art and design?

A. You can use the eCLIPS program to investigate this. Click login (top right) and enter the school password (available from your form tutor, Mr Silgram and the careers notice board near room AG01). Once you have logged on, go to “Information & Advice”, choose “Education” and then choose the relevant subject leaflet (such as art and design).

You could also use the eCLIPS job families to find related careers. Go to “Job Groups” and choose the ones that interest you. For example, if you want to explore careers related to art and design, go to the “Design, arts and crafts” job family.

Alternatively, use the National Careers Service Job Profiles to check out careers.

Finally, check out Kudos . If you have not previously used Kudos you need to go to the section Not signed up yet? and enter the licence code (available from your form tutor, Mr Silgram and the careers notice board near room AG01). You will then be able to create your own account (using your own username and password). Then go to the starting point “Explore subjects”. Use to check out careers linked to subjects that you like.

Q. What subjects do I need to become a…?

A. Use the Kudos software program. If you have not previously used Kudos you need to go to the section Not signed up yet? and enter the licence code (available from your form tutor, Mr Silgram and the careers notice board near room AG01). You will then be able to create your own account (using your own username and password).

To check if specific subjects are needed for a particular career, go to “Explore Careers” and search for a career e.g. accountant. Then click on “What subjects should I study?” EXPLORE CAREERS to search for a specific career you want to check out.

Q. I have no career ideas, what can I do?

A. Use the Kudos software program. See previous question for details about how to log-on.

EXPLORE CAREERS to search for a specific career you want to check out.

Options after Year 11

Icould videos show people telling their personal career stories in their own words and they provide a first-hand account of what it’s like to work in a wide variety of jobs and sectors.

They also include people talking about their own choices at 16 and has articles and information about your options.

Q. Do I have to stay in education until I’m 18?

A. No, but the government has increased the age you must continue in learning. This means that Year 11 students must be in some form of learning until they are 18 years old.

You can choose from the following:

Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider.
Full-time work (including working in a family business) or volunteering combined with part-time education/training.
An apprenticeship.

Go to the government website for more information

Q. When is the school leaving date?

A. The official date is the last Friday of June of the school year in which you turn 16.

Q. What are my options after Year 11?

A. Your main options are further education , apprenticeships and jobs.

Traineeships are an option if you want to work but need extra help to gain an apprenticeship or job. Traineeships will give you the opportunity to develop the skills and workplace experience that employers require.

For more information about your options after Year 11, check out the Icould videos. The Icould videos include people talking about their own choices at 16 and has articles about your options.

Q. Can I get any money if I stay on at school, go to college or start with a training provider?

A. It depends on personal circumstances. The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is aimed at students who need financial help so that they can stay in learning. The Bursary Fund can help pay for costs like equipment you might need for your course and transport.

It can be worth £1,200 a year if you are:

  • In care or a care leaver.
  • Claiming Income Support or Universal Credit.
  • Disabled and getting Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.
  • If you’re not in one of the above groups you may still get a bursary depending on your personal circumstances. You need to check with your school, college or training provider to see if you are eligible.

More information is also on the government website. Additionally, if you’re studying and aged under 20 at the start of your course, Care to Learn can help pay for your childcare costs while you’re learning. More information is on the government website.  

Q. I’m not sure what to do after Year 11, what can I do?

A. If you need 1:1 careers advice, see Mr Silgram, the school’s careers adviser. He can help you decide what to do after Year 11.

Q. When should I start applying for courses, apprenticeships and jobs?

A. If staying in further education, aim to apply by Christmas at the latest as some colleges fill up before the Christmas holidays! Check the course entry requirements and it is advisable to attend open days/evenings.

Most apprenticeships and jobs are looking for “immediate starts”, so the majority of the opportunities you can go for will be advertised later in Year 11 (such as April onwards). However, some employers recruit early, such as Jaguar Land Rover.

Use the apprenticeship website to create an account and to search and apply for vacancies. You can also set-up alerts for opportunities that interest you. Remember, some apprenticeship areas, such as motor vehicle, electrical work or childcare, are very popular!

Moseley School also organises an annual apprenticeship and traineeship event, usually in March/April. Local training providers are invited, so this gives you the chance to explore apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.

If you’re looking for a job, check out the Jobs and voluntary work section.

Q. I have no career ideas, what can I do?

A. Use the Kudos computer program. If you have not previously used Kudos you need to go to the section Not signed up yet? and enter the licence code (available from your form tutor, Mr Silgram and the careers notice board near room AG01). You will then be able to create your own account (using your own username and password).  Then go to “MY FUTURE”. Answer a series of questions and Kudos will come up with a list of careers for you to consider.

Also, if you need 1:1 careers advice, see Mr Silgram, the school’s careers adviser. He can help you decide what to do after Year 11.

Post 18 options

Icould videos show people telling their personal career stories in their own words and they provide a first-hand account of what it’s like to work in a wide variety of jobs and sectors.

They also include people talking about their own choices at 18 and has articles and information about your options.

Q. What are my options after I finish my A level/BTEC level 3 courses?

A. Your main options are higher education, doing an apprenticeship , finding a job , further education  or taking a year out.

Q. I’m thinking of taking a year out, what could I do?

A. Reasons for taking a gap year vary. For example, you may want to use the time to review your future plans, go travelling, do work experience (possibly linked to your chosen course or future career plans), develop new skills, earn money to fund your university place or volunteer in the UK or abroad.

For more information, check out “The gap year guide book” (available in the sixth form library) or useful websites, such as Prospects and Year in Industry www.yini.org.uk

Q. I want to study art at university; do I need to study an art foundation course first?

A. Possibly. It is often a requirement to have studied an art and design foundation course to gain entry to many art and design courses at university. You need to check the specific entry requirements for your chosen universities.

Q. What are higher apprenticeships?

A. The UCAS website conveys that higher apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain a higher education qualification, such as an NVQ Level 4, HND or foundation degree. They can take from one to five years to complete, and involve part-time study at a college, university or training provider.

Use the apprenticeship website to check out the latest apprenticeship vacancies.

Moseley School also organises an annual apprenticeship and traineeship event, usually in March/April. Local training providers are invited, so this gives you the chance to check out apprenticeship opportunities.

Q. What are degree apprenticeships?

A. In March 2015 these were launched by the government. They have been developed by businesses, universities and colleges. Apprentices will split their time between university study and the workplace and will be employed throughout – gaining a full bachelor’s or master’s degree from a top university while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.

Use the apprenticeship website to search for degree apprenticeship vacancies. The UCAS website  https://www.ucas.com/degree-apprenticeships also has useful information about degree apprenticeships.

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