Providing our students with all the information to make the best and most informed decisions for after A Levels and BTECs is a crucial part of the sixth form experience at Birkenhead Sixth Form College. As such, our careers programme is integrated into the tutorial programme which every student receives throughout their time with us.

Weekly group tutorials and termly one-to-ones with the students’ assigned Tutors are designed to help each individual realise all the opportunities available to them upon leaving College, including higher education, apprenticeships, employment, gap years and more.

 

Below details a student’s journey of career support across their time at College:


Careers Lead

Jo Wood

Head of Student Development
0151 652 5575

careers@bsfc.ac.uk

 

The College's team of assigned Tutors deliver the Careers programme.

The College’s Careers programme and delivery of tutorials is reviewed annually in December.

 

As part of our Careers Programme, we would like to invite parents and employers to contribute to our Visiting Speakers Programme. If you feel able to speak to a group of students about your particular career area, please contact Jo Wood (Head of Student Development and Careers Leader) on careers@bsfc.ac.uk

 

When thinking about career areas it is vital to consider ‘Labour Market Information’ – use the following tool to quickly compare jobs in terms of average salary, workforce growth/decline and common tasks:

 

Careerometer

You might also like to visit the National Careers Service website’s ‘Explore Careers’ page https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers for more detailed job profiles which also provide LMI.

 

Meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks

The Tutorial programme is especially designed to ensure that each student receives extensive and ongoing careers education advice and guidance to make informed choices at every point of their College journey. The Gatsby Benchmarks provide a framework for world class careers provision in Colleges.

Click here to view the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Along with assessing our Careers programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks, we analyse the effectiveness of our provision through destination, retention and attainment data.

The organisation 'Success at Schools' has developed a series of subject guides to help schools and colleges meet their Gatsby Benchmarks and link curriculum to careers. These can be viewed below:

 

 

Futures Day is an annual College event which sees representatives from over 60 universities and other national and international organisations come to our campus for a careers fair and to deliver tailored talks to students to ensure that they have all the information to make informed choices for their futures. There is a festival feel for the day, with local street food vendors at lunch and each student selects which talks they would like to attend.