Immanuel College

Higher Education and Careers

At Immanuel, we support our students’ pathway through learning and work with a number of key events and activities. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make decisions and plan their careers, both in school and after they leave. Immanuel College prepare the students with consideration of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Our programme is differentiated to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development.

Our KS3 programme includes careers education sessions and activities delivered as part of the PHSEE programme. A typical example may be a session discussing career stereotypes. In Years 8 and 9, work-related learning is encouraged by the Take your Child to Work competition. Pupils and their parents are encouraged to facilitate a day of work during the Winter break or February half term. They may then report about their experience by entering our competition; prizes are presented, as experiences are shared, during a Careers assembly. Pupils also receive plenty of advice when choosing their GCSE subjects.

In KS4, pupils learn about alternative routes beyond 16 and Apprenticeships via assemblies, form time activities and by visiting our annual Careers Fair. They are also encouraged to partake in our independent careers advice service offered by the Cambridge Occupational Analysts (Preview Programme). After mock examinations, pupils and their parents meet with the Assistant Head i/c Transition and the Head of Sixth Form to discuss future pathways and career choices. Advice is given about work experience, university research, the suitability of A Levels and intervention to maximise success in GCSEs.

In KS5, Careers and University advice becomes part of the daily diet. Highlights include an ‘Options Beyond 18 Evening’ to which Sixth Form pupils and their parents are invited. At this event, outside speakers attend to give independent advice about the pathways that are available. Typically, this may include Apprenticeships, University Admissions tutors and COA representatives. Students visit the Careers Fair, where they are encouraged to make connections and pursue Work Experience opportunities. Open Days and other relevant work-based opportunities are relayed to students via email or via the intranet.

Many of our Alumni are in direct contact with current students; a cyclical feature that we are proud to promote. 

Calendar for provision of advice on Higher Education and Careers choices for Year 11.
November Completion of mock GCSEs; Into the Sixth Form Information Evening for parents and students.
January Morrisby Careers Profiling Test and feedback sessions available to Year 11 students.
February - March Taster A level sessions offered; provisional A level choices made; careers and personal development Interviews with Headmaster offered to all Year 11 students and parents, with subsequent support from other specialist staff.
May - June GCSE Examinations.
June - July Further individual advice available upon request from Director of Sixth Form and colleagues.
August Publication of GCSE result; consultations with students and parents before final decisions on A levels are made.


Calendar of Higher Education/ Career Events for Year 12
September Induction to Sixth Form; introduction to Young Enterprise and to the ORT 'Jump' work experience programme.
October Work experience assembly;  feedback to Year 12 from Year 13 on their work experience in summer of Year 12; careers presentation from our  Morrisby consultant; Volunteer Fair.
November - December Ort ‘Jump’ work experience programme and Young Enterprise opportunities for building CVs and obtaining work experience; personal development tutorials and assemblies led by Sixth Form staff team.
January Work experience assembly; start of seminars for Oxbridge Law, Medicine and Veterinary Science applicants.
February Work experience applications begin.
March University Application Information Evening; biennial Careers Fair for Year 12 and parents and students; University of London Taster days available.
May - June Work experience briefings; mock A Level exams; university Open Days.

Evening with feedback on mock examination results; work experience placements for two weeks.

ORT 'Jump' work experience programme awards evening; essential UCAS application training and feedback sessions from work experience in school; campus life presentations by outside speakers. 


Calendar of Higher Education and Careers Events for Year 13
September UCAS applications begin (15th October deadlines for Oxbridge Medicine and Veterinary Science applications).
September - November All Year 13 students have guidance and support in the completion of their UCAS application forms and personal statements from the Sixth Form team.
October - November Art Foundation applicant evening.
December School deadline for UCAS applications.
15th January UCAS deadline for applications.
March UCAS deadline for university offers.
Early May

UCAS deadline for students to make choice of university offers (Firm and Insurance offers);

May - June A Level examinations
August A level Results and UCAS confirmation of places; Clearing begins: Sixth Form staff team available for advice and guidance for all students throughout late summer and autumn;
September - November of the next academic year University applications by gap year students can be made with the support and guidance of the Director of Sixth Form.