Careers Programme

Year 7 

  • Selected students will take part in the Junior Engineering Programme and the Formula 1 STEM Challenge
  • All year 7 students will take part in a carousel of career based activities on Careers Day (held in February each year)
  • Careers linked to the curriculum included in the introduction to lessons

Year 8 
 

  • Various STEM events, trips and workshops take place throughout the year
  • All year 8 students take part in a carousel of career based activities on Careers Day (held in February each year) including Barclays Life Skills, to gain knowledge, skills and tips for life after school
  • Taster visits to Colleges and Universities
  • Careers linked to the curriculum included in the introduction to lessons

Year 9 
 

In addition to the activities completed in Years 7 and 8:

  • Selected students take part in subject specific masterclasses at colleges
  • Selected students commence a 2-year RAY (Raising Aspirations in Youth) programme at Bolton 6th Form college
  • Employability sessions conducted by the Dept. for Work and Pensions
  • ‘Medical Mavericks, Careers in Health’ sessions for all students
  • Taster visits to Colleges and Universities
  • Careers Week held in February, includes careers based activities and workshops every day including: Careers Day, where year 9 students will take part in a carousel of information sessions with various different employers and career professionals to help identify which career pathway to pursue
  • Options Evening is held in Year 9 to assist students in choosing the subjects they wish to pursue at GCSE, training providers and Career Advisors will be present to offer advice and guidance
  • Careers linked to the curriculum included in the introduction to lessons

Year 10 
 

In addition to the activities completed in Years 7, 8 and 9,

  • All year 10 students will complete a Work experience placement during Careers Week in February and every student will complete one week’s placement in a company or organization of their choice
  • At Mount St Joseph, placements are chosen and organized by the pupil, and then followed up by the school with businesses to ensure the placements are safe, enjoyable and as meaningful as possible.
  • Career trips are organised for year 10 students to the National Apprenticeship Show in Manchester and Skills North West at Event City and various University Campuses
  • Employability sessions conducted by the Dept. for Work and Pensions
  • Various colleges, training providers and companies conduct assemblies explaining different courses and career pathways
  • Selected students will take part in the ‘Brilliant Club’ which supports and inspires students to continue into Higher Education and University
  • All year 10 students will have the opportunity to visit local colleges and take part in taster days, sampling different college courses
  • All year 10 students will be invited to the annual ‘Futures4me’ event at Bolton College to gain information from various colleges and training providers about full-time study programmes and apprenticeships
  • All year 10 students will take part in the ‘Challenge the Champions’ day in a PE lesson to gain more information of Careers in Sport
  • An independent Careers Advisor will see students by appointment in school to offer Careers education, information, advice and guidance
  • All year 10s will be invited to take part in the ‘uni4u’ programme run by local universities offering residential and non-residential taster sessions
  • Employers visit school to conduct masterclasses linked to subjects, i.e MBDA Engineering gave a Maths masterclass

Year 11 

In addition to the activities completed in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10,

  • Year 11 students will be offered a one to one appointment with our independent Careers Advisor based in school to discuss future career choices and post-16 learning. 
  • Year 11 students will also have help and guidance to complete their personal statements and complete their college applications
  • Various colleges, training providers and companies conduct assemblies explaining different courses and career pathways
  • Colleges, training providers and careers advisors will be present on both mock GCSE results day and the actual GCSE results day to offer information and guidance and help with enrolment
  • Various colleges visit school to conduct college admission interviews and offer advice on courses chosen within lunch time drop-ins
  • 1-2-1 mentoring is offered to selected students, covering topics such as; revision techniques, resilience and career pathways
  • All year 11 students will be invited to the annual ‘Futures4me’ event at Bolton College to gain information from various colleges and training
  • Employability sessions conducted by the Dept. for Work and Pensions
  • Cambridge University workshops including information on courses, accommodation, student finance
  • All year 11’s invited to take part in the NCS (National Citizen Service) programme that runs after GCSEs have finished