Careers

At the Derby High School Careers Information, Advice and Guidance is integral to our curriculum. Our Careers Leader is Mr Langford.

You can find our essential documents here:

Career Provider Access Policy

CEIAG Policy

Careers Programme

Year 7

Careers Programme Year 7
  • “R Time” programme focuses on self-awareness with 4 lessons on Emotional Health: Friendships, Happiness, Self-esteem and Be Yourself.
  • Gateway University Day – 12 students (University of Manchester)
  • Science – Women in Science and Arts – 15 Students (MMU)
  • Science – RSC Flash Bang Chemistry Show at Bolton School – 15 Students
  • Music – Students study the role of the conductor during curriculum time
  • Music – Students take part in workshops with peri teachers/professional musicians
  • English – Book Author Visits
  • Art – Students look at a variety of practising artists through their work in curriculum time
  • Drama/Dance/Music – Pantomime: students watch a college performance and then as part of their drama curriculum they study how to create pantomimes and the pathways taken to become a professional performer

Year 8

Careers Programme Year 8
  • “R time” programme focuses on target setting (1 lesson) and self-awareness to opportunity awareness (1 Lesson)
  • Gateway University Day – 12 students (University of Manchester)
  • Science – Dragonfly Day (Girls Engineering) at University of Manchester
  • Expressive arts – Students study the arts award which covers looking at different job roles within the arts industry. Skill-based Photoshop delivered in Expressive Arts classes. Careers related to this are discussed in lessons
  • MFL – Learning about different jobs with reference to MFL jobs (all students)

Year 9

Careers Programme Year 9
  • “R Time” – Two lessons focus on careers, and two lessons focus on self-awareness: Advice For Choosing A Career, Careers Choices, Learning To Learn and Motivational Quotations
  • Barclays Lifeskills Project with 8 Year 9 students (6 sessions at various venues)
  • The Starboard Game for selected Year 9s
  • Next Generation Careers event for selected Year 9s interested in the creative industries
  • The National Enterprise Challenge – One day off timetable for all students
  • Gateway University Day – 12 students (University of Manchester)
  • Science – ‘I’m an Engineer get me outa here’ in school (60 students)
  • Ideas Foundation Advertising Project – 12 weeks (2 lessons per week) (30 students)
  • Music – Students research and develop understanding of the job roles of Foley and sound engineer as part of the film music SOL
  • Media – Games development session at Hopwood Hall. Advertising agency work experience – McCann Manchester (6 Students). MMU Digital designer in Residence Project (series of lessons) – The Derby High School/MMU (25 students)
  • IT lessons – Encourage students to attend Bury College Open Evening to find out about course options and entry requirements for four consecutive weeks
  • Art – Careers focussed around option time to promote the subject and possible career paths that could be followed
  • ALL SUBJECTS OPTION LESSONS WITH CAREERS LINKS (all students)
  • ALL SUBJECTS OPTIONS EVENING WITH CAREERS LINKS (all students)

Year 10

Careers Programme Year 10
  • “R Time” programme focuses on Target Setting (1 lesson)
  • Choices Careers Event visit for 30 selected students
  • Business – The Enterprise Game for a select team at a local high school
  • Business – The Stock Market Challenge at University of Manchester (5 students)
  • Business – Barclays Lifeskills (2 sessions employability/work preparation)
  • Business – Governor input – ‘Starting a Business’ (1 lesson to both GCSE groups.
  • Science – Explore Stem Day 15 Students (University of Manchester)
  • Science – N Manchester Medical Careers Day hosted by Parenthorn (selected students)
  • Gateway University Day – 12 students (University of Manchester)
  • The Arts – Careers Fair at Holy Cross Sixth Form College (60 students)
  • Music – Students go on trip to The University of Salford that includes looking into career pathways for musicians. Work experience placements for targeted students
  • Art – Students look at a variety of practising artists through their work in curriculum time
  • Photography – Practising photographers used in the delivery of SOL
  • Drama/Dance – Students go on trip to the theatre and experience Q&A sessions with the performers, directors and production team (University of Salford). Students attend Holy Cross College for University careers day – looking at course opportunities
  • MFL – Reasons to continue with a language at A-level (all GCSE students)

Year 11

Careers Programme Year 11
  • “R Time” focuses on provider applications. College presentations in the Hall (1 lesson). Students visit college websites and do Q&A with providers (1 Lesson). Smart Targets (1 lesson). Personal Statements and CVs (1 lesson). Being Prepared For Life After School (1 lesson). Interview Techniques (1 lesson). Target Setting (1 lesson). Enact Drama Production – Intro to Higher Education (1 Lesson)
  • Gateway University Day – 12 students (University of Manchester)
  • Music – Students work with composers to develop their coursework and have an opportunity to discover about the life of a composer (GCSE Group)
  • Media – Aspire to journalism session at MMU (BTEC Group)
  • IT – Introduction to the National Career service to help generate and explore career ideas for GCSE group;
  • https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
  • Start checking the National Apprenticeship Service websites to see what employment and training opportunities are available.
  • www.apprenticeships.org.uk
  • English – Trip to Media City –  Presentation From professionals about their work in Media City
  • Art – Students look at a variety of practising artists through their work in curriculum time. Students go on trip to the theatre and experience Q&A sessions with the performers, directors and production team. (Manchester based)
  • Students visit Holy Cross College for University careers day – looking at course opportunities
  • Drama – Students have to study three professional works, linked to the Performing Arts industry. BTEC Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts (In School)
  • Dance – Students have to study six professional works, linked to the Performing Arts industry. Component 3: Dance Appreciation (In school)
  • MFL – Reasons to continue with a language at A-level (all students)