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Acorn House College provides a start-to-finish Careers Advice service for all our students. Coupled with our proven and comprehensive programmes for university admissions, we help each student to find out where they will flourish in their next years, through university and beyond. 

Crucial to this service is a thorough knowledge of how different qualifications can work for or against particular career paths, allowing for the fact that modern professionals increasingly change careers throughout their lives. In all this, we combine knowledge of each student’s strengths and interests with knowledge of both university and workplace to indicate a practical course of action.

Our preparation programmes are designed to build on each student’s strengths, and include contact with Admissions Tutors and past students who act as mentors in their chosen subjects. We also aim to offer events in the local community to aid other students in their course choices and share our knowledge.

Here is our careers programme for the college during the year.

Year Activities
10
  1. At entrance interview to college PDP completed with student, parents, Head Teacher and Careers Advisor.
  2. Termly Sessions with Careers Advisor
  3. Personal Development Days and Careers Assemblies (Programme of guest speakers and activities from business, universities and apprenticeship companies).
  4. My Career Springboard Apprenticeship platform sessions.
  5. Careers training lessons during the PHSE programme. (3rd January-15th February 2019)
  6. Careers/Apprenticeships/University Fairs at Parents Evenings.
  7. Work Experience. (February Half Term)
  8. Visits to outside organisations (e.g. Crown Court)
11
  1. At entrance interview to college PDP completed with student, parents, Head Teacher and Careers Advisor.
  2. Termly Sessions with Careers Advisor.
  3. Personal Development Days and Careers Assemblies (Programme of guest speakers and activities from business, universities and apprenticeship companies).
  4. My Career Springboard Apprenticeship platform sessions.
  5. Careers training lessons during the PHSE programme. (3rd January-15th February 2019)
  6. Careers/Apprenticeships/University Fairs at Parents Evenings.
  7. Work Experience. (February Half Term)
  8. Visits to outside organisations (e.g. Crown Court)
  9. NCS challenge visit for assembly. Students given chance and encouraged to take part.
12/13
  1. At entrance interview to college PDP completed with student, parents, Head Teacher and Careers Advisor.
  2. Termly Sessions with Careers Advisor
  3. Personal Development Days and Careers Assemblies (Programme of guest speakers and activities from business, universities and apprenticeship companies).
  4. My Career Springboard Apprenticeship platform sessions.
  5. Careers training lessons during the PHSE programme. (3rd January-15th February 2019)
  6. Careers/Apprenticeships/University Fairs at Parents Evenings.
  7. Work Experience. (February Half Term)
  8. Visits to outside organisations (e.g. Crown Court)
  9. NCS challenge visit for assembly. Students given chance and encouraged to take part.
  10. UCAS programme.
  11. Student Finance Talks.
BTEC
  1. At entrance interview to college PDP completed with student, parents, Head Teacher and Careers Advisor.
  2. Termly Sessions with Careers Advisor
  3. Personal Development Days and Careers Assemblies (Programme of guest speakers and activities from business, universities and apprenticeship companies).
  4. My Career Springboard Apprenticeship platform sessions.
  5. Careers training lessons during PDP sessions and The Study Skills programme during the duration of the course.
  6. Careers/Apprenticeships/University Fairs at Parents Evenings.
  7. A week of work experience at a time suitable within the course programme.
  8. Local business visits as deemed suitable by the tutors.
  9. Guest speakers at assembly.
  10. UCAS programme.
  11. Student Finance Talks.
Abbreviations:

  • PDP – Personal Development Plan
  • PHSE – Personal, Health and Social Education
  • NCS – National Citizen Service (The Challenge)
  • UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Services.