In an ever changing world, managing your career is a lifelong process which begins at school. School teaches young people responsibility and creates habits for the future. Education helps to build opinion and the confidence to have a point of view. Throughout the school we encourage students to develop an understanding of themselves, their strengths and their skills in order to assist them in their future choices on leaving school.
Mrs Michelle Seaman is an independent Careers Advisor who offers specialist, impartial careers and further education support and guidance within school. This includes 1:1 careers interviews, the development of the careers in PSHE programme and the co-ordination of a range of activities which helps to enrich students with ideas to investigate their own futures. We welcome independent external sources of careers guidance through a range of speakers and activities such as STEM and Healthy Living Days as well as opportunities for students to talk to further education providers, employers and universities. Our aim is to enable students to make the right decisions for themselves at key points in their education based on investigation, information and inspiration.
Please click here to see the programme of events across the whole school.
In order that our students can make informed choices about the route they choose to take Post 16 we offer the following guidance and advice:
The library holds a wide selection of college prospectuses and career option information this literature is constantly updated and available for students to take home as they please!
School Careers Advisor
Michelle Seaman is in school every Tuesday and Thursday holding 1:1 Post 16 Option advice sessions for year 10 and 11 students in their final 12 months at school. Although all students will be offered an appointment, students may make their own appointment to see Michelle by speaking to Mrs Powell in the library. Michelle has an ‘open door’ policy and students can also drop-in to speak to her during break and lunchtime on these days. Michelle is also available at the year 11 parents’ evening in the autumn term and the year 10 parents evening in the summer term and offers advice and information to both students and parent/carers.
Post 16 Day
Our Careers Fair is held in school every October during the school day. Representatives from local colleges and Career providers as well as a selection of employers visit Cove School offering advice and guidance on the various courses available ranging from A’ Levels, BTEC courses and apprenticeships. Students will have time to speak to a wide range of Post 16 providers, gather information on courses, college life and the various routes available to them Post 16.
This is an exciting time for students, however with the wide range of choices available it is important that students do as much research into the courses they intend to apply for. Students should apply to more than one Post 16 provider in order to keep their options open until they receive their GCSE results in August.
Students should attend College Open Events-a timetable of which can be collected from the library, alternatively students can log onto the individual college websites to gather this information directly. The links are below!
We aim to offer all students as much guidance and advice to assist them in making informed decisions.
Students can speak to their tutor, Head of House and Michelle Seaman (Careers Advisor) anytime they need to during their chosen Post 16 application processes.
College application forms should be submitted directly to the students chosen college, the college will then contact the school for a reference, once the school has provided a reference students will be invited into college to attend an interview.
Please note... that Farnborough 6th College interviews are held in Cove School during January.
Students will be given advice and guidance on interview preparation and technique prior to their interview.
Useful links for more information!
Apprenticeships.org.uk - Government portal to apprenticeships packed with apprenticeship opportunities and information, advice and guidance.
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk - Excellent information covering alternatives to university
www.careerpilot.org.uk - Information on post 16 and post 18 options and the routes to different qualifications and job sectors. There are also job profiles and career tools to help you decide.
www.icould.com - Take the Buzz quiz and find out what you are like and what you could do
www.ucas.com - The University and colleges admission service – the one stop shop to find out about degree courses and entry requirements
www.indeed.co.uk - An online ‘jobs board’ that allows you to search in your locality for jobs you are interested in. This helps to gather some labour market intelligence by assessing how many jobs there are along with salaries and entry requirements.