Careers Education

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance, (CEIAG) plays a crucial role in our school, and even more so now, because of the current economic climate and challenges facing our pupils. Access to high quality CEIAG is important for all students as it enables them to make an effective transition from school to adulthood and employment. Mossbourne Community Academy recognises the importance that CEIAG plays in an individual’s education and will therefore provide a range of opportunities for students to learn about the world of work, career pathways, and develop their employability skills. As an Academy we strive to ensure that the decisions our pupils make about their futures are well thought through and informed by CEIAG and, therefore, can increase participation in learning and, in turn, raise attainment and support further progression.

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Careers Programme

Students at Mossbourne Community Academy are engaged in a programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice, and Guidance (CEIAG) from Year 7 right up to Year 13. They have access to a range of resources and opportunities, and dedicated staff are available to support them. The table linked below outlines the careers activities and who they are offered to. This provision forms part of our stable careers programme. In addition to this, all students in Years 8-13 have the opportunity to receive independent and impartial careers guidance from our Careers Advisors Mr Edwards and Ms Grey – Prospects. There are also additional trips, visits and events that are organised by learning areas each academic year.

To view the core careers education offer for MCA please click here.

Careers Information Advice & Guidance

How can parents or carers support with CEIAG?

We encourage you as parents and carers, to support your child in making decisions about their future choices. Please use the hyperlinks to the websites that we frequently use with students.

The Government has a number of public measurements on careers education in schools.  These are called the ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’. To find out more click here.

To view your child’s progress Gatsby Benchmarks with careers education log into Grofar

Each child has their Grofar login on the careers page of their planner

Looking for a range of Post 16 providers? Use UCAS Progress to find the most suitable local opportunities

To find out more about a specific job use these links to explore job profiles. If you are not sure about choosing a career pathway use a careers diagnostic test which you will also find on these sites

National Careers Service



Here are some frequently used acronyms, keep them in mind while investigating careers OCN Open College Network. OCR Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations.

  • Sixth Form – The term ‘sixth form’ describes the final two years of school referred to as Years 12 and 13
  • Sixth Form College – A college for pupils in their final years of secondary education, starting at the age of 16
  • Further Educational College – The general further education colleges in England, which provide high-quality technical and professional education and training for young people, adults and employers
  • Apprenticeship – An apprenticeship allows you to combine paid work and study by combining on-the-job training with classroom learning
  • Internship – The position of a student, or a trainee, who works in an organisation, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification
  • Supported Internship – A Supported Internship enables young people aged 16 – 24 with a statement of SEN, or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace
  • Entry Level 1-3 Courses – Provide basic knowledge and skills ability to apply learning in everyday situations and may not be geared towards specific occupations
  • Level 1 – GCSE grades 1-3, BTEC Introductory Diploma
  • Level 2 – GCSE grades 4-9, BTEC First Diploma, NVQ Level 2, City & Guilds Level 2
  • Level 3 – A Levels, Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary/Extended Diploma/NVQ Level 3
  • GCSE  – GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. The qualification is highly valued by schools, colleges and employers, so will be useful whatever you are planning to do afterwards
  • BTEC – BTEC qualifications are specialist work-related qualifications, combining practical learning with subject and theory content
  • CACHE – CACHE qualifications are qualifications awarded by the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education
  • A Levels – A (Advanced) level qualification focus on traditional and academic study skills. They normally take two years to complete, full-time, and are largely assessed by examinations at the end of the two year course
  • Post 16 Options – Choices about Employment or training after completing Year 11
  • STEAM – STEAM fields are science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, or applied mathematics. STEAM is designed to integrate STEM subjects into various relevant education disciplines.

Statutory Information:

Here you can find links to our provider access policy and careers strategy.