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Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

At St Patrick’s we ensure that each pupil receives a world class careers education. Our careers curriculum builds upon each student’s unique personality, talents and aspirations. We want our students to make well informed and realistic decisions about their choices at school and post 16.

St Patrick’s deliver CEIAG through the academic curriculum and form time. We also work closely with training and education providers. Our Careers Information Evening, Working Skills Day, Mock Interview Session and Weekly Presentations from outside agencies ensure that all students have an understanding of the pathways available to them upon leaving St Patrick’s.

For more information on our CEIAG work during form time please click here.

Inspiring CEIAG Gold Award Status

We are delighted to announce that we have now achieved the first stage of the gold Standard Inspiring IAG Award' in recognition of the careers education, information and guidance we offer at St Patrick’s.

Inspiring IAG is a quality award which focuses on careers education, information, advice and guidance (CE/IAG). The award has been designed to enable organizations who work with young people to not only deliver and be recognized for their good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance, but to also assist them to meet legislation, prepare for inspection and provide a better service. 

Raising the Participation Age

What does Raising the Participation Age (RPA) mean?

Raising the Participation age came from government legislation, introduced in 2013 to encourage young people to stay in ‘education and training’ until they are 18.

It’s not quite the same as the school leaving age as it doesn’t mean young people have to stay on at school. They will have a choice of what they can do:

• Full time education at school or college
• Part time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week
• Apprenticeship

Why has this changed? 

The RPA has been introduced to help students improve their career prospects by continuing with some form of learning or training after their GCSEs. This change give all students the opportunity to develop more skills and qualifications for future employment. 

More Information on RPA 

You can find out more information on Raising the Participation Age at:

Post-16 Pathways

After GCSE there are 3 main pathways to choose from. It is important that you choose the right pathway for you.


A Levels are Level 3 qualifications that you can choose to take after your GCSEs. You can take A Levels in schools, sixth form centres or at a Further Education College. They are very well regarded by universities and employers. A Levels will give you a chance to find out about your GCSE subjects in greater depth or you can choose to study one of the subjects that many schools and colleges only offer at A Level such as Law, Economics or Psychology.

They are good preparation if you are thinking of going onto higher education or if you are not sure of your career plans as they can keep your options open.

Most 6th forms and colleges will be looking for A*-C grades (4-9 in new grades) in your GCSEs. A full A Level qualification is achieved after 2 years of study. How many you take depends on how well you have done in your GCSEs and what the 6th form or college suggests would be best for you.

Vocational Qualifications

Many schools offer a range of vocational courses like BTECs and OCR Cambridge qualifications and many more are available in colleges. By applying learning to real-life situations, these qualifications offer a more practical approach than more traditional A-Level academic courses.

• Vocational subjects – these are related to a broad employment area such as business, engineering, IT, health and social care. Previously called BTECs and OCR Cambridge Nationals, if they are at Level 3 these are now called Applied Vocational Qualifications. These courses are offered in schools and colleges.

• Vocational courses – these courses lead to specific jobs such as hairdressing, accounting, professional cookery or plumbing. These courses are called Tech Levels (if they are at Level 3) and are offered mostly at colleges.

Applied General Qualifications and Tech Levels are the same level qualifications as A-Levels - they are all Level 3 and are considered as entry requirements to many higher education courses or to employment. Choosing a vocational qualification can be a good option if you have a job sector in mind for the future or if you would like to gain employability skills linked to a particular type of work.


An apprenticeship is a great way to learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time. You will spend most of your time in the workplace gaining job-specific skills, but you will also be supported by a specialist learning provider to build up your knowledge and qualifications.

There are no set entry requirements as this depends on the apprenticeship, however, apprenticeships have grown very popular in previous years and there is a lot of competition, so good qualifications are important, as well as being motivated and committed.

Apprenticeship training can take between one and four years to complete and the length of your apprenticeship will depend on its level, the industry you’re training in and the skills you already have.

UCAS Progress

UCAS Progress is an online process for applying for colleges and training post-16. Pupils can use UCAS Progress to look for courses and providers available in their area. Year 11 pupils will receive their log in details and can begin their applications in October.

Click here to access the UCAS Progress Website

2016 Destinations

2016 Destinations

This report outlines the post-16 destinations of our most recent Year 11 leavers as of October 2016.

Careers Advice and Resources

School Based Careers Advisor

Our Careers Advisor, Sally James is based at school on a Monday and Wednesday. Sally meets with every student in Year 10 and Year 11. Students are able to gain individualised advice and guidance on their proposed courses and routes post 16. Sally can also be seen by any student by simply making an appointment.

Careers Resources

Career Connect - The school is supported by Career Connect. Their website gives details of qualifications required, wages, job roles and related information. The site also offers videos and case studies to look through as well as leaflets that can be printed and kept for reference. When students login for the first time, they will need to follow the instructions and use the school license code 18773.

The National Careers Service - Information, advice and guidance to help make decisions on learning, training and careers post 16. There are also a number of career tools available for writing CVs.

NHS Jobs- Information on the wide range of careers within the NHS.

Start - an innovative and easy to use careers guidance software helping young people make better and more informed choices about their career path. Start allows users to create a personal profile which generates suitable jobs with information on qualifications required, providers in your area and current jobs/apprenticeships available.

College Websites



Salford City College

Trafford College

Warrington Collegiate College

Bolton College

College Open Days

College Open Days for 2017 will be released in October. 

Keeping checking for updates.