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Head of Careers: Mr Dawson

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Work Experience Manager: Mrs S. Warner 

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The Careers Department aims to enrich and support the educational experience of pupils at QEGS. The Careers Programme at QEGS aims to encourage a pupil to begin to develop skills which will enable them to assess, investigate, analyse and understand their abilities, potential and interests. The Careers Department aims to give objective and impartial advice and welcomes enquiries from both pupils and parents alike.

Typical queries centre on:

  • How to choose the right course and university
  • Advice and help with Work Experience, taster days, workshops and Open Days
  • Personal Statements
  • Year 9/ Year 11 Options
  • Vocational Courses
  • Gap Years
  • Volunteering

Need an Appointment?

Please contact Mr Dawson to arrange an appointment. 

You can either do this by email, or drop in and arrange an appointment in person.

Tools of the Trade to Help You

 Kudos - A careers matching and information programme which helps young people plan their future. This can be found at

School Library – This is home to a variety of careers books and leaflets. Ask the librarian where you can find them.

Sixth Form Library S6 – Here you can access hundreds of university prospectuses, careers guides, UCAS information, journals and many other careers related material.

Useful Websites: 


Inspira is an award-winning, national social enterprise company based in Cumbria. We are a delivery-based provider of community services, and our name reflects our purpose – to inspire people, organisations and communities to success.

This is a good site if you don't know what course to do and want some ideas.  It consists of a questionnaire which takes about 20 min to do, and comes up with a ranking list of broad areas of interest which you can then investigate further.

This site allows you to search for courses by subject, by region, by type of course and by points score - this last feature is one that is very useful, and which the UCAS website doesn't do.  So if you are looking at 3 Bs at A level, for example, you can put in 300 points, and it will sort the courses in points order, highlighting those at 300 points. 

This site also has hotlinks to the university websites.

Use the course search on this site to get accurate, up-to-date information on the requirements for the courses on your shortlist.

This lists all known university Open Days in the form of a calendar.  However, you should always double check with the individual institution's website.  For some Open Days you need to book in advance - again, information will be on the university's website.

This lists all inspection reports on teaching quality at UK universities.  You need to look at the "Reviews and reports" section.

This is a good guide to Year 9/11 options. It breaks down all of your choices and explains them thoroughly.

This provides advice on everything from taking a Gap Year to finding a job. It is comprehensive and informative on nearly all aspects of careers and higher education.

This has helpful and detailed information about the education system in the UK.

Work Experience

Work Experience is the chance to experience the world of work. It is an invaluable part of the personal and social education offered at QEGS. All pupils currently have the opportunity to undertake one week’s work experience during Key Stage Four. Equally, some Year12’s are able to obtain work experience during term time dependent on their timetable and the nature of the work.

There can be some restrictions on where students are able to go and on what they can do. Not all employers are able to offer work experience, and those that do have to comply with strict health and safety regulations, being able to provide evidence of public liability insurance is just one example. How can it help you? 

A work placement is your opportunity to spend a period of time outside the classroom, learning about a particular job or area of work. During your placement, you'll be able to find out what skills employers look for when they are hiring someone to fill a job vacancy.

You will also get the chance to develop your self-confidence and communication skills. This will help you to work better with other people in further or higher education, as well as in your future career. 

Year 11 Options

After Year 11, you have a lot more choice about what you want to do. Whichever route you choose, it pays to keep learning. More and more, employers are looking for people with higher level skills and qualifications. Link to QEGS 6th Form Website You may have learned a bit about yourself through school.  You will have more ideas about how you like to learn and what your favourite subjects are.  You will continue to have opportunities to build on your strengths and skills. 

Ask yourself:

  • Why do I want to take this course or job?
  • Why would I be suited to it?
  • What are my strengths and skills?
  • What can I offer?
  • What does this option offer me?
  • Where will it lead?


Specific Aims For Careers Education


1. To develop in pupils:

  • an awareness of the available range of educational, vocational and training opportunities
  • an awareness of the routes and levels of entry into educational, vocational and training opportunities
  • an awareness of the impact of technological and economic changes on work and occupational patterns in a fast changing world and how this might affect future employment
  • the ability to manage transitions and change within and between education, training and occupations
  • an ability to challenge those traditional attitudes which encourage stereotyping and prevent the promotion of equal opportunities

a self-awareness of their various personality and academic strengths and areas for development. 2. To appreciate and understand where, how and from whom careers information can be obtained and the range of services offered by the various support agencies. 3. To develop in pupils and parents an awareness of the requirements and routes, both academic and experiential, for careers and further education. This can lead to pupils setting targets and developing a purpose to their studies. 4. All pupils have the opportunity to participate in a work experience or placement within their last eighteen months of compulsory education. 5. To develop both the quality and quantity of dialogue and links between the school and local businesses and the general community. 6. To contribute to the Personal, Social and Health Education program by developing resources concerned with: 

  • self-assessment by pupils
  • individual action planning
  • careers resources and sources of information
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