Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance

Learners Entitlement

Sirius Academy West wants;

All our students to understand the full range of opportunities and journeys available to them; to learn from employers in a workplace situation, about jobs and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

All our students are to have access to a relevant programme of advice and guidance tailored to their individual needs, provided in an impartial manner.

All our students to be prepared as fully as possible for their next stage(s) after their time with us.

Sirius Academy students are involved in a range of activities which build to create a comprehensive programme of Careers Education and Guidance.

The Academy works closely with innumerable local and national employers and educational providers to provide all our students with clear pathways to further study and the full range of employment and training opportunities.

The Academy's commitment to the provision of informed and impartial advice and guidance has been recognised by our receipt of the prestigious Careermark and IAG Gold Standard awards.

On a practical basis, all students have access to individual advice and guidance from our dedicated Careers Advisor within the Academy. This complements a range of activities designed to promote self-awareness, employability skills and an understanding of employment opportunities and expectations at a local and national level.


The Careers Leader for Sirius Academy West is Kirstine Beetham and can be contacted via email: [email protected] or Tel 01482 352939 Ext 5556.

The Constellation Trust is Mr P Rhodes, Director of Employment, Enterprise & Enrichment. Our Careers Leader can be contacted via email: [email protected] or Tel: 01482 352939.

What’s Next?

You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays.

You must then do one of the following until you’re 18:

  • Stay in full-time education, for example at a college
  • Start an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training

Post 16 qualifications and options are offered at different levels. The levels you enter will depend on your examination results:

Level 3:

Requirements: At least five GCSE grades 4/5/ C or above, including English, Maths*

Examples: BTEC National, AS/A levels, T Levels, Advanced NVQ, Apprenticeships

Level 2:

Requirements: At least four GCSEs at grade 3/ D including English, or a BTEC First Certificate/Award - merit/distinction*

Examples: BTEC First Diploma, Traineeships, GCSE re-sits, Intermediate NVQ

Level 1:

Requirements: No formal entry requirements required, however, an interest in your chosen subject/industry is necessary*

Examples: BTEC Level 1 Certificate, Traineeship, Adult Literacy/Numeracy, Level 1 National Certificate in Further Education (NCFE)

* Course requirements vary depending on the college and subject/industry areas. Please check with colleges/training providers.

It is important to achieve the best you can in your GCSE subjects as re-sit programmes are not readily available in all subjects- speak to Mrs Beetham for further information

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

You must be at least:

School leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage

aged 23 to get the National Living Wage - the minimum wage will still apply for workers aged 22 and under

These rates are for the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age). The rates change on 1 April every year.

                  23 and over     21 to 22      18 to 20   under 18    Apprentice

April 2021         £8.91          £8.36            £6.56        £4.62           £4.30

Parents receive Child Benefit until approx. November and this will continue if you are in full time learning.

If you do not continue in full time education or non- employed training, Child Tax Credits will also stop- this will be in February- the young person may be able to claim benefits if in severe hardship.


Don’t worry – a lot of students don’t know what they want to do yet! Your Careers Adviser is there to guide and advise you and help you make informed choices. There is lots of information on the student portal under that careers subject page.

We use the following website to help you undertake career, personality, and learning style assessments which help you understand your interests, skills, and strengths and you can research careers and explore hundreds of career, college, and university options.

In the “search” bar at the top put anything that is of interest to you – such as animals or cars or games designer or fashion etc.

Careers Booklet

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Application for Provider Access

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Sirius Academy West CIEAG Programme

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