• Introduction
  • KS3
  • KS4
  • KS5
  • Employer Engagement
  • Careers News
  • Careers Resource Library
  • Higher Education Institutions

We encourage you all to come and speak to us in Careers about anything that you’d like to discuss in relation to your future. Although we inevitably have a lot of discussions with older students and their parents we encourage any student at Walsall Academy from Year 7 onwards to come and talk to us. Our key aim at Walsall Academy is to ensure that our students make well-informed decisions about the future and have the skills to succeed in whatever pathway they’ve chosen.

  • Termly Careers Programme - Please click here.
  • Meet The Team

    Andrew Glover (Careers Lead) – Director of Careers and Employability – Teacher of Business, Economics and AAT – in school all week AGlover@walsallacademy.com

    Tara Dingle – Careers and Employability Officer – in school Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – TDingle@walsallacademy.com

    Claire Ballinger – Careers and Employability Officer – in school Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – CBallinger@walsallacademy.com

    Giselle Douglas – Independent Careers Advisor – in school Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning – GDouglas@walsallacademy.com

    Kelly Greene – HE Coordinator – in school all week, in Careers Wednesday PM and Thursday AM – Kgreene@walsallacademy.com

    Natalie Latham – Careers Link Governor

    Provider Access Policy

    At Walsall Academy we are committed to giving our students the opportunity to hear from a range of providers including apprenticeship training, universities, colleges and sixth form. Because of that we have made available a provider access policy that details the processes that providers can go through to take up the opportunity to speak to our students. If there are any queries about this please don’t hesitate to email Andrew Glover (AGlover@walsallacademy.com).

    Provider Access Policy

    Career Opportunities

    In KS3 it is really important students start to explore the kinds of Careers that they may like to work towards in the future. Developing an awareness and understanding of what options are available is really important. It is also important for students to think about the future of certain jobs and the nature of work in the future when they move into the workplace.

    Students are encouraged to research careers using the following websites. Click the logos below to access the information on these websites:

    Prospects Logo
    National Careers Service Logo

    What is also important for KS3 students is engaging in extra-curricular activity, which can provide opportunities for young people to explore possible interests in careers, but also develop skills for work so they can be successful in whatever path they choose. We have an extensive session 3 register which we would encourage you to look at and engage with if not already. Please visit the part of the site below:

    https://www.walsallacademy.com/curriculum/extra-curricular-activities/

     

    Careers Opportunities available to students in KS3 include:

    Careers Exploration workshops:

    Careers workshop using software Fast Tomato to help students explore their interests and the possible opportunities. They are then encouraged to consider how these are relevant to their options (February/March)

    Subject visits and events:

    We encourage any student to reflect on trips and visits thinking about what they saw and experienced and how this may have improved employability skills as well as knowledge and understanding about possible careers choices (all year round)

    Careers Week Assemblies:

    Assemblies this year will discuss relevant issues around careers including raising aspirations (w/c 25 February)

    Writing skills for work with Future First:

    These workshops will be designed to help students understand and practice the types of written communication that are common in the working environment and will help them in their future (timing to be confirmed)


    At the end of Y8 students make some choices about what they are going to study for the Level 2 qualifications – BTEC/GCSEs. Some important considerations that young people need to make are:

    • What subjects do you enjoy?
    • What kinds of qualifications will you get once you complete the course?
    • What are your career aspirations and what subjects may link to this?

    If you need help with the last question in particular, please contact us in Careers.

    Career Opportunities

    When students are in KS4, it is then that they particularly start to think about what their next steps might be after completing their GCSEs. Below is an image of the pathways through KS4 to post-18:

    Whilst in Year 9 students are still encouraged to take the time to explore options and possibilities similar to how they would have done in KS3. However, there will be trips, talks and other support provided that will start to talk more specifically about what kind of careers might interest them.
    We would strongly encourage students in KS4 to take part in session 3 or other extra-curricular activities in order to build up a CV and the experience that will help young people in whatever they apply for after their GCSEs. To find out more about what is available at Walsall Academy click below:
    https://www.walsallacademy.com/curriculum/extra-curricular-activities/

     

    Careers Opportunities available to students in KS4 include:

    Subject visits and events:

    We encourage any student to reflect on trips and visits thinking about what they saw and experienced and how this may have improved employability skills as well as knowledge and understanding about possible careers choices (all year round)

    Y10 Careers Discovery:

    Parents are invited to come into school with their son/daughter to have a group careers session using some specialist careers software. This is also a chance to talk through the next steps for careers support and the options available post-16 (May)

    Y11 Revision, Careers and Challenge:

    Students and parents given talks from staff about techniques for revising including support provided, careers options and opportunities. This includes what students should be doing at this stage, and extra-curricular opportunities available particularly after they have finished their exams in January

    Y11 Sixth Form Open Evenings:

    Students are given opportunity to hear about what our Sixth Form can offer and external applicants have the chance to talk to subject teachers about the course they offer and what is required (November)

    Y11 One to One meetings with Giselle Douglas:

    Giselle will sit with students, and parents if requested, to discuss all options available post-16 including sixth form, college and apprenticeships (available all year round – please book when required)


    When students are deciding on their options it is important they consider the entry requirements for various courses. The image below gives you an idea of entry requirements for various types of courses. However, this is only an illustration and we would advise you to contact the course/training provider for the most accurate and up to date information:


    We appreciate that post-16 choices are a big decision. What is important is that students take their time and do plenty of research. We are always happy to discuss options with students and parents in Careers. Speak to any of the team if you want to find out more.
    In order to help manage you or your son/daughter through this process we suggest you use the following checklist:

    ✓ Researched the differences between Sixth Form, College and Apprenticeships
    ✓ Attended Sixth Form and College Open Days
    ✓ Considered a wide variety of apprenticeships
    ✓ Discussed regularly with parents/carers
    ✓ Considered where you want your post-16 choice to lead to
    ✓ Considered entry requirements for first choice and your backup choice
    ✓ Met with a Careers Advisor
    ✓ Considered your own specific learning style


    One last key aspect which we want you to consider is what your course is going to offer you in the future. Think about the following questions:

    • What qualification will this course give me?
    • What future courses and/or jobs will that course allow me to start?
    • How will my choices restrict me in terms of what I can do after completion?
    • What opportunities will this course provide for me following completion?
    • What skills will I develop whilst studying this course?

    There are specific considerations you should bear in mind if you have certain intended pathways. For example if you are looking to do an apprenticeship – research the qualification on offer and ensure it gives you as many options as possible, or if you are looking at sixth form courses research what degree courses require what A-levels.

    Options at 18+

    Any questions about careers, university or generally about your future don't hesitate to contact Mr Glover and the Careers team.

    Thinking of going to university?

    To assist with university applications, students will get ongoing support from Year 12 into their time in Year 13. Annually we start a detail focus on this during our ‘Post-18 Options Week’ which includes a number of workshops and activities on UCAS and applying for university.

    Important UCAS Dates for Your Diary:

    • 15 October 2021 – 2022 entry deadline for those applying for Oxford, Cambridge, medicine, veterinary and dentistry
    • 26 January 2022 – 2022 entry deadline for all UCAS undergraduate courses except those with a 15 October deadline
    • 25 February 2022 – UCAS extra opens
    • 19 May 2022 – Deadline for decisions from universities on any applications submitted on or before 26 January 2022
    • 9 June 2022 – Deadline for applicants to respond to university decisions if decision is received by 19 May 2022
    • 30 June 2022 – Any applications after this date will be automatically put into Clearing
    • 5 July 2022 – Clearing opens

    Want to go abroad to University?

    Some students today go to study abroad rather than staying in England. For more information on this visit the Study Overseas website or the International Education for studying abroad website.

    Apprenticeships

    We have many students from Walsall Academy who choose to leave Sixth Form and go straight into some form of employment, often apprenticeships. These are an excellent way of developing skills, earning a wage as well as gaining qualifications. Below is a list of the different types of apprenticeships that students can access:

    Source: UCAS

    There are a number of excellent websites on the ‘Careers Resource Library’ tab. These websites will provide information, advice and guidance as well as advertising apprenticeship vacancies. Degree and Higher Apprenticeships are incredibly popular, and as a consequence are very competitive. It is important students seek support to ensure that their CVs, application forms and interview techniques are as good as possible to give students the highest chance of success.

    Employers

    Employers are a crucial part of the development of our students. We have always sought to engage with a range of businesses across multiple sectors to ensure that our students can make well-informed choices as well as develop the necessary skills to succeed on whichever path they choose. Students choose a range of pathways following their time at Walsall Academy however we know that whichever pathway they choose to follow, employers will be crucial to their future success. We have outlined the four core ways we aim to engage with employers:

    T Levels and Employers

    Employers are at the very centre of these brand new qualifications. The curriculum and the assessments for all of the T Levels have been co-designed by key employers in the relevant sectors. As a school we have always placed huge value on the impact that employers can have on the academic and personal progress of our young people. This can be through talks, lessons and work placements.

    T Levels require a 45 days/315 hours of work placement for students to complete the course. We see this as an opportunity to further enhance the integration of employers in the education we offer young people, including weeklong placements, talks and lessons as well as the T Level industry placements of 45 days/315 hours. Because of this we have produced a tiered system of support for us and reward for employers as shown below:

    Bronze

    (Friend of Walsall Academy)

    Silver

    (Partner of Walsall Academy)

    Gold

    (Patron of Walsall Academy)

    Provides placements for Walsall Academy students

    Provides a variety of placements for Walsall Academy students


    Engages with and contributes to some form of curriculum delivery

    Provides a variety of placements for Walsall Academy students


    Engages with and contributes to some form of curriculum delivery and/or research projects


    Member of Walsall Academy Employer Board requiring attendance at bi-annual meetings to help shape and improve the involvement of employers in our students’ education

    Bronze Employer Offer

    Silver Employer Offer

    Gold Employer Offer

    Financial employer incentive £1000 per placement up to 20 per employer per region*

    Logo with link to website on Walsall Academy Careers website and listed as a ‘Friend’




    *Subject to DfE funding and at least one placement being a minimum of 315 hours

    Financial employer incentive £1000 per placement up to 20 per employer per region*


    Logo with link to website on Walsall Academy Careers website and listed as a ‘Partner’


    Logo in reception of Walsall Academy visible to visitors



    *Subject to DfE funding and at least one placement being a minimum of 315 hours

    Financial employer incentive £1000 per placement up to 20 per employer per region*


    Logo with link to website on Walsall Academy Careers website and listed as ‘Patron’ 


    Logo displayed on glass frontage in reception of Walsall Academy

    *Subject to DfE funding and at least one placement being a minimum of 315 hours

    For further discussion about this employer offer you can contact the following:

    Mr Andrew Glover - Director of Careers and Employability - AGlover@walsallacademy.com

    Mrs Tara Dingle - Careers and Employability Officer - TDingle@walsallacademy.com

    Careers News

    Medicine and Dentistry - Students applying to study at university need to register with UKCAT. www.ukcat.ac.uk

    Law - Year 13 students thinking about applying to universities to study law need to be reminded that eight leading universities are holding law degree admissions tests for entry 2021. Click here for more information.

    Year 12 Post 18 Options Week - Activities and resources will be made available to students and parents with a key focus for the UCAS and apprenticeships related supprort being around the original planned week due to commence on Monday 4 July.

    Employability Skills Week - For students considering apprenticeships as a post 18 option.

    Medicine or Veterinary Medicine - Year 12 students thinking of applying for medicine or veterinary medicine degrees. Visit the website for more information on BMAT tests. www.bmat.org.uk

    Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Criminal Law, Forensics, Nursing and Medicine degrees - Year 11 or Year 12 students interested in any of these subjects, contact Mr Glover for exciting conference opportunities.

    Other Information

    Open Days at University - Before attending please complete the pro forma in Careers and pass onto your PT. Look at Open Days Website for up to date information on University Open Days across the UK by institution or date order. www.opendays.com

    National Apprenticeship - For all the apprenticeship vacancies in the region Click Here.

    Welcome to our ‘Digital Careers Library’. This is designed to be a place where you can access information about a wide range of different careers-related matters. This includes links to websites that offer information about choices post-16 and post-18 along with more general advice about different career pathways. We have also got some helpful videos that explain about a range of different important issues from searching for apprenticeships to how to be successful in a video interview. Please also take not of our separate ‘Higher Education Institutions’ tab which includes links to the course pages of an array of different UK universities. If there are any resources you feel are missing from this page please let us know (AGlover@walsallacademy.com).

    Video Content

    The Careers Department has provided informative videos and webinars for our students, which can be viewed using the link(s) below:-

    • Searching for Apprenticeships – Please click here.
    • Video Interview Top Tips – Please click here.
    • Careers Links


      Discover Uni

      UCAS

      Student Finance
      Discover Uni
      Use stats to evaluate university choices
      UCAS
      Information on Universities and applying for them
      Student Finance
      Information about applying for student finance

      The Uni Guide

      Map of UK Universities

      National Apprenticeship Service
      The Uni Guide
      Lots of data to compare and contrast university courses
      Map of UK Universities
      Map of Universities in the UK,
      providing links to each one
      Apprenticeships
      For all the apprenticeship vacancies in the region

      Amazing Apprenticeships

      Career Map

      Not Going To Uni
      Amazing Apprenticeships
      Free apprenticeship related resources for parents
      Career Map
      Current available apprenticeships
      & graduate jobs
      Not Going To Uni
      Current available apprenticeships

      Prospects

      National Careers

      Walsall College
      Prospects
      Matching skills and personality traits to job roles
      National Careers
      A vast amount of job profiles with
      advice and guidance
      Walsall College
      Opportunities at Walsall College from ages 16+

      Success at School

      First Careers
      Success at School
      General careers advice, job profiles and guidance
      First Careers
      General careers advice, job profiles and guidance



    UK Higher Education Institutions


    Aberystwyth University

    Aston University

    Bath Spa University

    Birmingham City University

    University of Birmingham
    Aberystwyth University Aston University Bath Spa University Birmingham City
    University
    University of
    Birmingham

    University College Birmingham

    Cardiff Metropolitan

    Cardiff University

    University of Central Lancashire

    University of Chester
    University College
    Birmingham
    Cardiff Metropolitan Cardiff University University of
    Central Lancashire
    University of Chester

    Coventry University

    De Montfort University

    University of East Anglia

    Edge Hill University

    Falmouth University
    Coventry University De Montfort University University of East Anglia Edge Hill University Falmouth University

    Harper Adams University

    University of Huddersfield

    Keele University

    University of Leeds

    University of Leicester
    Harper Adams University University of
    Huddersfield
    Keele University University of Leeds University of Leicester

    Liverpool John Moores

    Loughborough University

    Newman University

    Nottingham Trent University

    University of Reading
    Liverpool John Moores Loughborough University Newman University Nottingham Trent
    University
    University of Reading

    Scotland’s Rural College

    University of Southampton

    Staffordshire University

    Swansea University

    University of Warwick
    Scotland’s Rural College University of
    Southampton
    Staffordshire University Swansea University University of Warwick

    University of Wolverhampton
    University of
    Wolverhampton