Careers programme

The careers programme is mainly delivered through timetabled PSHE lessons in Years 7-11, with provision at Key Stage 5 being organised through off-timetable sessions at appropriate times during the school year.  The programme is designed to enable students to explore career pathways, develop an understanding of their options and identify their strengths and interests.  In addition, students are encouraged to develop their employability skills with a particular emphasis on the attributes promoted in the Ranelagh Student Learner Profile: confidence, resilience, independence, curiosity, creativity and empathy. These characteristics are also explored and developed through subject areas and the wider curriculum.

Additional support and guidance is offered to students on an individual basis as appropriate, by experienced members of school staff and an independent and impartial careers adviser provided by Adviza.


An outline of the careers programme in the PSHE curriculum is indicated below.

Year 7

  • Employability skills
  • How to make a good careers decision
  • The importance of teamwork and communication skills in the workplace (this is enhanced by the team-building visit to Oakwood)
  • Freshers’ Fair

 Year 8

  • Career opportunities and pathways
  • Purposeful career planning
  • Challenging stereotyping and assumptions
  • Dealing with set-backs

Year 9

  • Making decisions
  • Option choices
  • Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • Local and national job opportunities
  • Employment law
  • Writing CVs and covering letters
  • Personal challenge week
  • Individual options interviews
  • Specialised transition support for students with EHCPs and additional learning needs

Year 10

  • Preparing for the future: introduction to higher education
  • Advantages and disadvantages of higher education
  • How to effectively research universities
  • Introduction to the different levels of apprenticeships
  • Researching apprenticeship options
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Making a good first impression
  • Insight into industry: meeting representatives from different local businesses
  • Exploring careers pathways

Year 11

  • Post-16 options
  • Information sources about local options
  • Factors to consider when choosing post-16 options
  • Introduction to the sixth form at Ranelagh
  • Preparation for work experience
  • Work experience placement week
  • Introduction to Oxbridge applications
  • Individual post-16 guidance interviews
  • Specialised transition support for students with EHCPs and additional learning needs

 Year 12

  • Visiting speakers from Royal Holloway, Surrey and Imperial College, London
  • Making the most out of the opportunities in Year 12 – building a CV
  • How to make decisions about university choices
  • Introduction to apprenticeships
  • Year group visit to Royal Holloway University; optional visit to Brasenose College, Oxford
  • Preparing for Oxbridge applications
  • Writing effective personal statements and letters of application
  • Work experience placement week

Year 13

  • Individual support for students writing personal statements and preparing for university interviews
  • Student finance
  • Individual support for students sourcing and preparing for apprenticeships and employment
  • Individual guidance for students making decisions about their university choices