Mr Allen Williams – Raising Aspirations, Future Quest Lead and Careers, Education in Advice and Guidance email:


Hanham Woods Academy promotes the very best careers and employability guidance that all students can access to prepare themselves for progression through learning and education.

The focus of our programmes and interventions is to offer careers guidance to support career and option choices, raising the aspirations and achievement of individual students and equip them with skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding as a foundation for managing their lifelong career and learning to benefit their own wellbeing and contribute to the wellbeing of others.




We are committed to providing all students with information about the full range of learning and training pathways that are available to them. As a Federation, we are required to set out how we provide careers guidance to our students and access for education and training providers to come into our Academy.

View our Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers information here

Careers Information for Students: It’s Your Future – let’s start it!

We offer a variety of resources containing information on careers & careers guidance. Various information is readily available on curriculum options & career websites, including information regarding Apprenticeships and local Post 16 providers. We can also provide CV writing support.


Test Yourself: If you are unsure which direction you want to go in, take the UCAS Buzz Quiz. It is a good starting point for trying to establish your key skills and what you could do to utilise those skills post education.


Mid-way through Year 8, students will be asked to make their GCSE options choices. Please view the Year 8 Options Booklet 2019 for more information.

Careers Support

Our ambition is to provide effective education and training for all of our students from a wide range of abilities and backgrounds. This takes place in technologically rich environments, which prepares them for life and work as responsible adults.

CEIAG designs and delivers a broad, balanced and connected Careers and Employability curriculum that addresses young people’s entitlement and aims to provide students with personal, social and employability skills:

  • Self-development through careers and work-related education (understanding themselves and the influences on them)
  • Personal, Health and Social Education activities
  • Career Exploration (finding out about careers and the world of work)
  • Career Development (developing skills for career wellbeing and employability)
  • Experiences of work including ‘work experience’
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • National Citizenship Service


Various careers related opportunities are provided via a number of different methods such as assemblies, tutor time programme, thematic days, 1:1 careers interviews, career based interest guides and websites, trips to employers and universities, visiting speakers and experiences of work. Our students also benefit from attending careers fairs, having direct support with university/post 16 applications as well as interview support and practice, student finance, CV advice, and we offer specialist support for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), students.

All students are entitled to a CEIAG and WRE programme that meets professional standards of practice and which is person centred, impartial and confidential. It will be integrated in to students’ experience of the whole curriculum and be based on a partnership with students, their parents / carers and other close partners for example, employers, mentors, and universities. The programme will inspire and raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity.

Our Careers Advisers and colleagues have a keen interest in employability, are available to support students on a daily basis either during drop in sessions or also for booked appointments. We also recognise that parents/carers come from many different employment backgrounds and can also contribute to helping our students make informed decisions. Therefore, we welcome offers of support from community and businesses to deliver perhaps an occupational talk or to offer an experience of work.

All of our careers guidance concludes with the ‘September Guarantee’ report, which we must provide to the local authorities, which confirms the places found in education and training for 16- and 17-year-olds.

We aim to prepare students for life after school along with providing information on occupations and progression routes to post 16, college, university or work/apprenticeships, as appropriate

Need some support with the practical side of finding a job? We’ve got you covered:

CV Template

Interview Techniques Tips

Interview Techniques – STAR method

School Leavers Guide to Career Options 2019

National Careers Service

Post 16 Providers:

Not sure where to go after Hanham Woods Academy?

Please see the attached list for some of the most popular Post 16 options for further education amongst our students.

Open Days:

Colleges and Universities offer open days around October time each day for future students to visit and learn what is on offer. Check the relevant provider’s websites for full Open day events details.

Apprenticeship Information:

An apprenticeship is a paid job that provides built-in training and approved qualifications and lasts for a set period, usually between 12 and 36 months.

The minimum age for an apprenticeship is usually 16 years and you would need to be legally eligible to leave full-time education – i.e. after the last Friday in June of year 11. However this can be affected by the apprenticeship entry criteria – for example if you require one or more A-levels you will most likely need to be 18 years of age or older on applying. It is worth noting that there is not a maximum age limit, so older adults and current employees can apply for any vacancies as well.

Some of the reasons you might look to do an apprenticeship:

  • Paid employment “Earn while you learn”
  • Gain new skills that can be transferable
  • Gain a Nationally recognised qualifications
  • Working alongside experienced employees – learn from the best
  • Learning in the workplace (with trainer/college supervision)
  • Potentially also going to a college / further education training centre (depending on the apprenticeship)


Apprenticeships are graded from a Level 1 through to a Level 4+ Higher Apprenticeship, with some ending on a Level 6+ Degree Apprenticeship. These are based on 2 types of qualifications – the one that you will get on completion and the entry qualification(s) you will need to apply in the first place.

Level 1 Traineeship:
A Traineeship is a Level 1 apprenticeship which can last up to 6 months and is typically unpaid. It is for 16-24-year olds who want to get a level 2 apprenticeship – or job – but who don’t yet have enough skills or experience to apply.

Level 2 Intermediate:

This is one of the most popular apprenticeships for those choosing to leave school at 16 and is the equivalent to five good GCSE passes. This level tends to last between 12 and 18 months and often does not require any previous qualifications for entry.

This level usually includes the opportunity to complete Functional Skills if you did not get your GCSEs in Maths and English. At the end of the apprenticeship you could be offered a permanent job if you are 18 years or over, or perhaps offered another apprenticeship at a higher level.

Level 3 (Advanced):

This is another one of the most popular apprenticeships for those choosing to leave school at 16 and is the equivalent to two good A-level passes. It tends to last slightly longer than a Level 2 (upto 36 months) and usually requires several GCSE passes as part of the entry requirements.

This level also usually includes the opportunity to complete Functional Skills if you did not get your GCSEs in Maths and English. At the end of the apprenticeship you could be offered a permanent job if you are 18 years or over, or perhaps offered another apprenticeship at a higher level.

However, it is important you do not assume that because you have done GCSEs you must only consider a Level 3 Apprenticeship. A level 2 apprenticeship could be an extremely useful stepping-stone into a career sector for which you have no prior experience, and the starting point for a new career path.

Level 4+ Higher Apprenticeship:

Usually for those aged 18+, this level of training can very often include a pre-existing qualification, which is usually delivered by a university or professional body. Entry requirements are demanding, and the apprenticeships can last upto 5 years.  Some major employers offer this as a school leaver programme and there will be full details on the individual company websites.

These can be equivalent to Further or Higher Education, professional qualifications or a combination of both. There can be challenging entry criteria.

Government Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Standards:

If you are unsure if it is possible to do an apprenticeship in your preferred career, take a look online at the Government’s apprenticeships standards which lists the currently approved training courses. As part of the apprenticeship reform programme, apprenticeship frameworks are being withdrawn by the 2020/2021 academic year. The government will move from apprenticeship frameworks to standards by 2020.

Where to look:

–  Training Company/College websites – Take a look at these websites. They do not offer training in every type of apprenticeship but often will offer approved training which they can deliver (you will most likely need to find yourself an employer to work for) and their own apprenticeship vacancies with a named employer where they are delivering the training

 Corporate companies websites – The larger employers advertise their own apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.

– Find An Apprenticeship – Most apprenticeship vacancies are advertised nationally if you look online for the government-backed Find An Apprenticeship


Most Universities minimum age for starters is usually 18 however some doe accept students from the age of 17. If you want to go on to study at University, here are some helpful resources:

Which University?

Student Ladder

Our parent/carer portal is designed to provide parents/carers with general information on the Options process.

The portal also provides free careers information and explains the different Post-16 options.

Government publications and school policies can also be found within in this page.


A Guide for Parents to Professional Careers – ICAEW

Amazing Apprenticeships


Here you can find out more about the educational options at Hanham Woods Academy

Mid-way through Year 8, students will be asked to make their GCSE options choices. Please view the Year 8 Options Booklet 2019 for more information

Post 16:

Please see the attached list for some of the most popular Post 16 options for further education amongst our students.

Open Days:

Colleges and Universities offer open days around October time each day for future students to visit and learn what is on offer. Check the relevant provider’s websites for full Open day events details.

Labour Market Information Nov 2017

Labour Market Intelligence – Sector Guides 2017-2018:

Advanced Engineering


Creative and Digital


High Tech

LMI Health Science



Social Enterprise

Visitor Economy

Useful Websites:

Career Pilot – free and comprehensive advice

Careers Near here

Amazing Apprenticeships

Not going to Uni?

Which University?

National Careers Service


The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. Our Careers Strategy is built around them.

Careerpilot can also help support the Gatsby Benchmarks

Department for Education (DfE) Careers Strategy

Which way now? Post 16 options

Steps to Success – Year 11

The 8 Benchmarks:

We work with a variety of business partners across Bristol and South Gloucestershire and are always keen to develop further links.

We run events in conjunction with local businesses such as ‘Personal Development Days’, RAF Stem days, Pathways to Arts & Creative avenues with Gloucester University and various other ad hoc events throughout the academic year.

If you would like to discuss a possible partnership with us then please do contact Mr Allen Williams – Raising Aspirations, Future Quest Lead and Careers, Education in Advice and Guidance

We look forward to hearing from you.

Our current partnerships include:

The Western Outreach Network (WON)

WON are a partnership of eight universities and higher education Colleges working

with schools in the West of England.

WON provides workshops for schools, which are aimed at increasing the awareness of all higher education routes and pathways.





South Bristol Youth Future Quest Programme

SBY is a charity which provides a variety of opportunities for young people in the South of Bristol.

They help young people develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to better understand pathways to apprenticeships, higher education and high-quality employment. They run different projects throughout the year which enables students to experience work environments, Universities and Higher Education Colleges in order to inspire them to aim high for their future.

Future Quest Programme

This programme is aimed at students who are thinking of attending university after completing their A Levels. Students in Years 9, 10 & 11 benefit highly from this programme as they visit various universities and take part in numerous activities throughout the year to improve their skills set for higher education. In Year 11 students also work with a mentor throughout the year to support their studies and help them with their future career choices.



St Brendan’s is a modern, forward thinking sixth form college delivering quality teaching and learning to students from all Cultural and religious backgrounds.

St Brendan’s Sixth Form College was almost entirely rebuilt in 2009 to provide university-standard facilities to students within a relaxing and supportive environment.

Hanham Woods Academy ‘s Partnership with St Brendan’s includes the following:

  • Intended destination interviews
  • Assemblies
  • Careers Fair
  • Discovery Day



University of Gloucestershire; Gold member partnership

We are proud to work with the University of Gloucestershire who provide education and support for students.​


They provide an invaluable link between the university and the community: supporting schools, colleges, local groups and other regional and national networks in promoting progression into higher education.

The focus of our work is to educate, advise and inspire students to consider higher education, especially those who may not have previously considered it an option.​

As a partner, we benefit from:

  • Priority event booking
  • Bespoke activities
  • Bespoke advice and guidance
  • Support with UCAS applications
  • University pre-induction event for applicants



University of the West of England (UWE) – BoxED


BoxED is a unique collection of free, exciting, engaging and hands-on learning activities brought direct to the classroom or delivered at the UWE campus with a student life talk and campus tour.

 All of the activities are created to enhance the delivery of the National Curriculum at key stages 3, 4 and 5 and cover a broad range of subjects. Sessions are delivered by trained UWE Bristol staff and students who get our students thinking about their classroom learning in a real-life situation, connecting with learning and research at UWE Bristol.

With further study suggestions relating to each activity left at the end of each session, the aim is to inspire your students to imagine the possibilities of university study and potential career paths.



University of Bristol – Future Quest

Future Quest delivers a targeted higher education outreach programme to schools with students in identified postcode areas, where higher education progression is lower than might be predicted from GCSE results. The programme aims to equip young people with the knowledge of higher education and potential future pathways, the understanding of skill requirements for study and future life, and the ability to develop self reflection, self awareness and self belief.

Future Quest provides an outreach hub which enables students, parents and carers and school staff to access information and opportunities, as well as creating an axis for sustainable partnership working to shape outreach across the region and cultivates strength through collaboration.



Royal Air Force (RAF) – Gold partner

If you think you have what it takes to be an Officer in the RAF, you could receive sponsorship through university. Competition is tough, so you’ll need to show a real commitment to your studies and a potential future in the RAF. CLICK HERE for full details

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Year 10 Work Experience placements took place week commencing 18th March 2019

The value of Work Experience should not be underestimated in increasing awareness of the world of work, raising aspirations and developing social and emotional aspects of learning.

For Year 10 students next year, the next step is for the student to identify a suitable work experience placement and for Health & Safety checks to be carried out. Please refer to our how to find a work placement guideThe Academy will not take responsibility for placements that are organised without the necessary checks being carried out.

Health and Safety Insurance cover is a major concern when we send students out on placements and it is a Government requirement that parents sign permission forms to allow their children to attend.

The attached Work Placement Agreement Form and Health Declaration Form Work experience must be signed by the student, parent/carer and their work experience employer. Once returned, Health & Safety checks and other administration can be finalised before work experience can commence.

We do have a number of centrally organised work experience placements but we do encourage students to find their own placements wherever possible.

Please refer to the attached Year 10 Work Experience Placement Options 2019 for companies who are known to us as able to take work experience students.

When on site, the Academy staff will visit the student in their work placement, where possible, or a telephone call will be made if not possible.

If you require specific contact details for a proposed placement, or if you have any questions or need any further information, please contact Mr Allen Williams, CEIAG and Youth Intervention Worker on Tel; 0117 440 8900 or email