Careers & IAG
Careers information and guidance is available to all. At Loxford; we want all students to make good choices for the future – ‘informed decisions are good decisions’
Your School Careers Advisor is: Ms Tye
You can contact her Wednesdays, Fridays or on Google Classroom
What Is It?
Careers/IAG is to help students think about and plan their future; Careers/IAG is to help students find out which pathway is best for them. To enable good understanding and positive attitudes, we aim to engage with parents and give them access to Careers: Bill Law’s ‘Community Interaction Theory’ states how our perceptions about careers are gained from within our communities. By working in partnership we hope to ensure positive outcomes for all our students. At Loxford we aim to provide timely, impartial advice and guidance.
How Is It Provided?
Careers information is provided to students in different formats –
In person through:
- 1:1 Careers interviews are available with a qualified Careers Adviser.
- Careers Club is held twice a week in F31
- Careers sessions are provided to students through PSCHE lessons and presentation lessons given to each tutor group at each transition stage
- Careers trips to a range of places including Careers Events, Insight days and to visits to Further and Higher Education Colleges
In written form through:
- a folder on the shared ‘O’ Drive
- a monthly bulletin on the plasma screens
- a noticeboard outside the library
- an area in the library
Interactively through Internet links:
- FAST TOMATO – an Online Career Guidance platform for 12-18-year-olds
- Google Classroom, Please contact tutors or Ms Tye for class codes.
- Useful websites
Pathways is the term used to refer to the different paths students may take. At secondary school these will occur at KS4 & KS5. Pathways are the qualifications with their levels and the routes that students can take to acquire them.
Look at the ‘Levels and Qualifications’ table showing these pathways.
Choosing an appropriate pathway will involve selecting an appropriate course and where to do it.
What is the difference between GCSE and BTEC?
- GCSEs have more exam assessment. BTEC have different grades: Pass, Merit and Distinction
|BTEC Pass(P) = GCSE C/5||BTEC Merit(M) = GCSE B/6||BTEC Distinction(D) = GCSE A/8||BTEC Distinction*(D*) = GCSE A*/9|
What is a pass at GCSE?
- Grade 4 is the lowest pass to be accepted. Grades 5 + are ‘Good’ grades; Grades 1-3 are needed for L2 qualifications
What is the difference between BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Extended Diploma?
- BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas can be taken alongside A Levels. Extended Diplomas are the equivalent to 3 Levels.
The passes have points which can be used to qualify for university courses:
The Level 3 BTEC Nationals (QCF) will qualify for the following UCAS tariff points. : Click Here
Career Guidance for 12-18 year olds
Since 2003, Fast Tomato has been one of the most popular online career guidance programmes for young people, helping millions of students explore the many different career opportunities open to them. It is accurate, relevant, easy to use and excellent value for money.
Careers Planning Information: Useful Websites
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