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Peterhouse Girls

Careers’ Guidance Policy

The overarching aim of careers’ guidance within the Peterhouse Group is to provide pupils with the opportunity and knowledge to assess their subject preferences and careers options to enable them to make informed choices for tertiary education.

1. D Block There is no formal careers’ guidance at this level but pupils are encouraged to discover the advantages of a broad based academic curriculum

2. C Block Careers’ guidance at this level focuses on subject choices and their implications at IGCSE level. Pupils participate in an externally arranged and conducted Cognitive Ability Test to assist with their subject selection at IGCSE level. 
In the Infinity Programme the pupils cover Subject Choices and are introduced to the DOE – IA and the value of this on any CV.

3. B Block Careers’ guidance at this level focuses on the pupils developing their ideas for their career aspirations beyond school. Pupils participate in an internally arranged and conducted Occupational Interests’ Guidance Test. 

4. A Block Careers guidance at this level continues on the theme of career aspirations beyond school; pupils are given the results of the Occupational Interests’ Guide Test and have a one-on-one interviews to discuss their career aspirations. Careers’ guidance at this level also focuses on subject choices and their implications at A level.
The Director of Studies organises talks by the Head of Departments to highlight requirements and outline of the A level courses. In the infinity programme the pupils work through a “Career Development Manual”. Career Research, Study Skills, Introduction to CV writing, Subject selection and Job Shadowing are all covered. 

5. V and VI Form Careers guidance at this level focuses on entry to tertiary education. Pupils are invited to attend Tertiary Education talks/presentations and they are encouraged to do personal research and to make visits to universities/colleges etc. Much assistance is given to pupils when they make their applications to universities/colleges (i.e. the UCAS process to universities in the UK; SATS to universities in the USA etc.). Pupils can volunteer to participate in two further Career Development Manuals.

Although careers’ guidance at Peterhouse is focused on entrance to universities/colleges (the vast majority of 6th form leavers do progress to Tertiary Education) guidance is also given to pupils for whom tertiary education is work based (apprenticeships etc)

Careers’ guidance at 5th and 6th form level is co-ordinated by the Head of Careers’ based at PHB.

Careers’ guidance below 5th form level is done with input of the Education for Living courses run by the Infinity Programme at PHB and by the Director of Studies through Life Skills at PHG.