Careers Programme

A comprehensive and evolving programme of careers education, independent information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) takes place throughout the year right across the Sixth Form:

Access to Bristol & Pathways to Law

Students are encouraged to apply for these annual programmes.  Successful applicants attend eight afternoon sessions at Bristol University during the year before ‘graduating’ and priority is given to academic students who are the first generation in their family to go to University and/or who live in a Low Participation Area. 

Business award

An opportunity to gain recognition for business acumen through an Employability Skills award.

Careers Lessons

Dedicated careers classes for Year 13 students in addition to extended tutor time. Students are allocated to a class based largely on their preferred career path (e.g. Oxbridge / Apprenticeships / University to study sciences). After UCAS applications and online research in term 1, classes focus on university life and employability skills including interview techniques and attitude to work with external speakers enhancing the range of topics covered.

Electives & Gordano Extra

Every Sixth Form student is enrolled on at least one core Elective option, enabling students to broaden their range of interests and to fill any ‘gap’ in their employability skill set.  Gordano Extra offers all students extra-curricular activities during the year. These programmes enable students to develop transferable skills including communication, team-working, lateral thinking, research and self-confidence.

Futures Week

Opportunities for students to discover more about higher education, apprenticeships and employability skills.

Higher Education and Apprenticeship Evenings

Information evenings for parents to help explain some of the learning pathways available after Sixth Form.

Interval Sessions

Lunchtime talks by a variety of speakers.  Topics include pastoral matters as well as careers focus.

Mini Careers Talks

Industry experts and school Alumni are invited to chat informally with students about their job or profession.  Topics have included the police, military, ICT, counselling and engineering.  Students are surveyed and topics determined by the level of demand.

University Visits

Where possible, subject-related trips to Universities including Oxford and Cambridge take place during the academic year.  These enable students, typically in Year 12, to better understand the courses and to see the university campus first hand. University open days are also publicised and students are encouraged to attend as appropriate.


Students are encouraged to seek voluntary work at weekends and during the school holidays as appropriate to their studies and ambitions.  All join in year 12.

Work Experience

Sixth Formers are encouraged to secure experience in the workplace.   This assists with social development, occupational awareness and provides evidence of transferable skills for CVs, personal statements and interviews.  Students are generally responsible for finding their own work experience placement for weekends and during the school holidays; although opportunities are also generally circulated as they arise.