Careers Education and Guidance

Careers Education and Guidance

Purpose of Study

Schools have a critical role to play in preparing students for the next stage of their education, employment or training. At St Columba’s Catholic Boys’ School students (and parents) are given careful careers education, information and guidance. 

For students who have special educational needs or disabilities, we prepare them for independence, or supported independence and equip them for further study.

Students will be involved in a wide range of practical activities throughout the year which will inspire and inform them about subject choices and the wide range of options available to them post-16 and beyond. This will include visits to and from apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, universities and employment.


Our aim is to help students build confidence, develop high aspirations and consider a broad range of careers which will allow them to reach their full potential.

Careers Education and Guidance Programme 2019-20 Click here to find details

Team and roles within the team

  • Mrs Johnson– Careers Link Governor
  • Mr McGonnell – Assistant Head Teacher, KS4 Lead
  • Mr Barry – Careers Leader
  • Mrs Brackstone – Careers Librarian
  • Mrs Michelle Todd – Careers Admin Support
  • Mrs Zammit – Prospects Careers Advisor ( )

YouTube Channel Click here to visit St Columba’s Careers YouTube channel

Careers Guidance Interviews

Every student at St Columba’s will receive at least one impartial, independent and confidential careers personal guidance interview with our qualified careers advisor from Prospects.

Students in Year 9, 10 and 11 receive guidance on post 16 options to help with their applications for Sixth Forms, Sixth Form Colleges, FE Colleges, Training Providers and Employers as appropriate. Post 18 options; Higher Education, Apprenticeships and Employment are taken into consideration at this time.

Careers Information Advice and Guidance ‘Drop-in’

If any student in Year 7 to Year 11 wants some careers information, advice or guidance …just drop-in to see Mrs Zammit, our Prospects Careers Advisor

Every Thursday Lunchtime (1.00 – 1.30pm) in the Library

Destination Data

Click here to find details of destination data for students who left St Columba’s Catholic Boys School in 2016.

Click here to find details of destination data for students who left St Columba’s Catholic Boys School in 2017.

Click here to find details of destination data for students who left St Columba’s Catholic Boys School in 2018.

Click here to find details of destination data for students who left St Columba’s Catholic Boys School in 2019.

Alumni Career Profiles

“Once a St Columba’s Boy …always a St Columba’s Boy”

We are building a network of students who have left St Columba’s Catholic Boys School.

Labour Market Information

Click here to find details of Labour Market Information, which will help to inform your research and help you make informed curriculum decisions and aspirational, but realistic future career decisions.

Useful Websites

Listed below is a selection of websites that students, parents, teachers and employers may find helpful:

Post-16 qualifications
Bexley has created a Decisions Post-16 Directory. The directory provides information on the options and choices available post-16, how to find out more about the courses available

local post-16 open events and sources of further information that may be useful.
Explore the routes available to you after GCSEs. Further education in sixth form, college and apprenticeships. See where the courses you are interested in are being offered.

Careers Cloud Quiz. A great tool to explore possible careers and future opportunities.
Provides information on the skills required for different jobs, what the jobs entail, the typical hours worked, salary expectations and career progression. The job profile section is useful for researching facts about careers and has links to job related websites. The skills health check questionnaire is designed to help you think about the types of jobs that may suit you.
Job sector information.
Skills London is the UK’s biggest jobs and careers event for 15-24 year olds and their families taking place on 15 & 16 November 2019 at ExCeL London.
Interactive tool containing information, film stories, articles and accounts from real people in real jobs.
Short careers films.
One of the UK’s leading careers and educational information and development websites
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
Ultimate guide to choosing a Career.
Everything from current apprenticeships and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and advice to help guide you on your career journey.
Discover 1000s of exciting jobs and apprenticeships.

Find an apprenticeship.
Information about apprenticeships.
National apprenticeship website. Look at types of apprenticeships available.
World Skills UK is focused on improving the prestige of apprenticeships and technical education, to inspire more young people to consider these as career routes and get off to a better start in work and life.

Local Training Providers for Apprenticeship Support
London Skills for Growth deliver education and training programmes across a range of areas for young people aged between 16 and 24. All the programmes include exposure to work through work experience, employer visits or employer seminars or through full employment (Apprenticeships).
An award-winning Apprenticeship and Traineeship Programme provides quality and work ready entrants, gives the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, while earning a salary.
Reynolds is national training provider delivering Qualifications, Study Programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticeships in management, fitness, performing arts, beauty, horticulture, hospitality and catering.
Learning and Enterprise College Bexley offers adult education, vocational qualifications and skills for life in Bexley. You can explore courses available and enrol in person or online.

What to study, where to go and how to get there.
Research degree courses available and subject/grade requirements. There are over 50,000 undergraduate courses at more than 395 providers in the UK, so it’s important you do your research. Here’s some advice to help you.

Alternatives to University
Look for alternatives to University.
This is very useful for students who may not want to go into higher education.

Last updated: April 6, 2020 at 8:07 am

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