The main purpose of the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance team is to provide our students with information, Advice and guidance for their future career.  The information provided will ensure they can make informed decisions and follow a realistic path in order to achieve their goals.  We aim to increase students' awareness of what is available to them, help them recognise their strengths and any limitations and identify where improvements could be made.

The Careers Team

Lead Co-ordinator: Mrs J Parr (MCDI)

Careers Co-ordinator: Mrs J Taylor (Tuesday to Thursday)

GAP Co-ordinator: Miss H Barrett

UCAS Co-ordinator: Mr J Simcox (Head of Year 13)

SENDCo: Mr R Mudge

Students are able to make appointments with the team either by emailing, visiting the 'Futures Hub' in the GLH during lunch break on Thursdays or call in to the Careers office (via Sixth Form Study Room) during morning break “drop in” or after school sessions.

We predominantly work with those students at key transition stages, for example year 8 when choosing their options, year 11 in preparation for Post 16 and Year 13 with decisions about Post 18 options.  However we are more than happy to meet with students from any other year group if they wish.

We are also very happy to meet with parents if required. 


How is careers education delivered?

All staff are expected to contribute to Careers Education delivery through their roles as tutors, associate tutors, subject teachers and support staff. Sessions are delivered by tutors, external providers, and through subject delivery throughout the curriculum.

Applying to ASA Sixth Form, Other Sixth forms, local FE Colleges, local Training providers

All Year 11 students can access the area wide course information via UCAS Progress.

Colleges, training providers and Apprenticeship opportunities can all be accessed through UCAS Progress.

However, not all training providers and apprenticeships will be available; therefore it is important to search for others using the Apprenticeship websites and keeping an eye on the careers notice board in the Academy.  Current Apprenticeship opportunities in the Cheltenham area will also be advertised on the careers page on the VLE.


A range of careers websites can be accessed via the VLE. These resources provide the opportunity to find information about different courses and jobs, to compare universities, alternatives to university, to search for inspiration or to find sector specific information. New websites are tested and added during the academic year.

Careers Information

Screen Shot 2017 09 22 at 14.18.35Careerpilot - is a free site that helps young people plan their future study and work. It is a great resource for young people, their parents/carers and also teachers and tutors, who are advising students about the full range of options.

The Careerpilot Parent Zone is a site that gives parents and carers answers to the career questions they want to ask. Why not send an email to tell students and parents/carers about the sites and help them get the information they need to make the right choices?

UCAS Progress - Here you will find information on what to study, where to go and how to get there.

Icould - Provides career inspiration and information for young people. Icould shows what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.

NHS Careers: - This website is provided by Health Careers. Health Careers, formerly NHS Careers, was set up to encourage people to think about the joining the NHS team. Dedicated to providing help and information to people who are interested in working in the NHS and other health employers in any one of the 350 careers on offer. Providing help with information on what it is really like to work in health, how to get started in a career in the NHS or on the training and study needed to qualify for different jobs.

Higher Education

UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Our services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
FAQs aimed at students, and their parents, who are considering higher education.


What is the Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme?

The Gloucestershire Aspiration Programme (GAP) is a government funded initiative that aims to raise aspiration to university level study (higher education) amongst pupils from targeted areas in Gloucestershire.

Part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), GAP is delivered by the GROWS Network and aims to support the government’s goals to:

· double the proportion of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education (HE) by 2020

· increase by 20 per cent the number of students in HE from ethnic minority groups

· address the under-representation of young men from disadvantaged backgrounds in university level study.

Through GAP, pupils from year 9 upwards, who live in target wards, are able to access a range of events and opportunities that aims to increase their awareness of the opportunities available at university level study and support them to make informed decisions about their futures. GAP will deliver a range of initiatives both in and out of school and for both pupils and parents / carers alike.

What type of activities will GAP deliver?

GAP delivers a wide range of activities to learners and parents / carers that should:

· raise awareness of the benefits of university level study

· help them make informed choices

· help them view HE as an achievable and realistic target

· provide advice and guidance on how to apply to university and the types of course available

· build confidence in their abilities

· provide opportunities to explore or experience subjects and / or careers

For more information please email

What is a target ward?

A target ward is an area, identified by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) ( as having lower than expected numbers of learners progressing to university level study based on GCSE attainment (results).


A network of five Gloucestershire based universities and colleges with twelve campuses offering over 250 higher education level courses.

Inspiring and engaging young people in Gloucestershire to make informed choices about their future.

The complete university guide

Independent UK University League Tables & Rankings 2017 give you a good guide to which university is best for you, overall and by subject. We work closely with all main UK Universities, HESA and UCAS.

Alternative Pathways is now the UK's leading website dedicated to helping school & college leavers make informed decisions about their future by showing the opportunities that exist outside of traditional university such as apprenticeships, sponsored degrees, diplomas, gap years, distance learning and jobs.

National Apprenticeship Service 

Being an apprentice gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification and develop professional skills, whilst also earning a salary.

Online Careers Advice

You can now get immediate and personal careers advice from the National Careers Service via phone, text or online chat.

Webchat: Chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).

Phone: Call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

Callback: Tell us your number and we'll call you back.


Online Careers Magazines

Get Smaart

The latest issue of the excellent Get Smaart careers magazine is out now and can be read online by clicking here: It can also be read in hard copy format in the Careers section of GLH.

Moving on

Moving On magazine is a print and online publication devoted to providing a wide range of information regarding choices following school.


Careers Resources

Careers resources such as how to write a CV and covering letter guides can be accessed via the VLE or collected from Careers office (via Sixth Form Study Room). The 'Futures Hub' in the GLH holds a selection of careers books and sixth form, college and university prospectuses. 



Most college course and training schemes are free of charge, however some courses do require you to purchase equipment and uniform.

The 16 – 19 Bursary Fund replaced the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and it is the school, college or training provider’s responsibility for awarding this.  Each establishment will have their own criteria for applying for the bursary. For more information please contact the school, college or training provider individually.

Post 16: Students can also apply for free school meals provided parents are in receipt of one of the eligible benefits.

Post 18: Intensive support is provided by the sixth form team to provide support with the preparation for UCAS applications.

Year 13 students who do not wish to take the University route are offered guidance and support with their choices at Post 18.  Apprenticeship sessions and careers discussions take place with guidance and support with applications.


Work Experience

Although work experience is no longer available during term time for Year 10 students, we do highly recommend you seek or take up any opportunity to undertake some kind of work experience during the holiday periods.  Work experience can be a valuable learning curve and can help with future applications and opportunities.

Work experience opportunities are now available during your Post 16 studies. It is important to consider your future career/education as work experience can be essential to ensure access to your chosen future pathway.  For example, as some universities ask for work experience as part of their entry requirements, it is important to start thinking about this early, especially those looking at teaching or medical careers.

Some Post 16 courses require a number of hours' work experience in order to complete the course; Health & Social Care for example.

It is important that you follow the school/college guidelines with regard to work experience, as paperwork and insurance documents will need to be in place before you can begin.

Please see Mrs Parr or Mrs Taylor in the Careers Team for further information and help to get started with your work experience placement.


Where do our students go?

We are proud of the destinations that our students choose after their Sixth Form education here. Many move into fulfilling and rewarding careers many choose to go into Higher Education (sometimes following a gap year).

We are most proud of is the fact that our students gain admission to universities that suit best their own interests, passions and talents.


Student Destinations:  

2013 Leaver Destinations

2014 Leaver Destinations

2015 Leaver Destinations

2016 Leaver Destinations

2017 Leaver Destinations


Useful contacts

Lead Co-ordinator (MCDI)

Mrs J Parr

Careers Co-ordinator

Mrs J Taylor

Head of Year 13 (UCAS)

Mr J Simcox

GAP Co-ordinator Miss H Barrett

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