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.

In 2013, Gatsby was commissioned to research what actions could improve career guidance in English schools and use eight clear benchmarks as a framework for improving careers guidance.  These have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders. 

The benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Please click on the following link further information about the Gatsby benchmarks:

The Careers Team

Lead Co-ordinator: Mrs C Cain (Head of Sixth Form)

GROWS Co-ordinator: Mr L Bradley

UCAS Co-ordinator: Mrs C Cain (Head of Sixth Form)

SENDCo: Mr R Mudge

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.

Students also have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways such as interactive workshops, drama productions, careers fairs, employer talks, guest speakers, business mentoring and trips to colleges and Universities.


All Saints’ Academy Careers and Employability Strategy aims to provide all young people with a stable programme of inspirational careers activities and opportunities in order to develop important employability skills.

Collaboration is at the heart of our careers strategy and a number of key partners help us to provide invaluable interactions with employers and employees.  We are proud to work closely with university and further education partners to raise aspirations and widen participation in education opportunities. 

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.

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.


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 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.

Levels of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.



Equivalent educational level






A level


4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above


6 and 7

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Degree Apprenticeships are a relatively new and growing development for vocational higher education in England which combine full-time paid work with free part-time university study.

Apprentices are employed on a full-time basis for between one and six years, working at least 30 hours every week and enjoying blocks of practical on-the-job training. provides a listing that showcases current and forthcoming higher and degree apprenticeships from some of the UK's biggest and best employers from The RAF to the BBC, Nestle to Rolls Royce, Santander to Siemens, and Royal Mail to Transport for London.

Interactions with employers and employees

Businesses and employers have a pivotal role in giving young people the opportunity to explore their options and succeed in the world of work.

Research confirms how much experiences with employers help to prepare young people for their futures.

A range of local and national employers take part in our Careers events. Professionals, Academics and Apprentices ranging from Engineers, public services, financial services industry, recruitment specialists and charities visit the academy and engage with students to emphasise the transferrable skills, importance of commitment, punctuality and resilience.

National Careers Week is a celebration of careers guidance and employment opportunities across the UK.  The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people when leaving education. At a time of high youth unemployment there has never been a bigger need for careers guidance to be promoted and celebrated in education.  National Careers Week is our platform to advise and inspire our next generation as they enter the world of work.

Career Fairs – Each year we run career fairs that provide career information, advice and guidance from a range of businesses and universities; these are attended by all academy students.

The Careers & Enterprise Company

In 2014, the Government established The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) to be the strategic coordinating function for employers, schools, colleges, funders and providers and to provide high impact careers and enterprise support to young people (aged 12-18).

WorldSkills UK, NEC Students can explore routes and pathways to a range of options at key transition stages and be aware of labour market.

Labour Market Information about all Careers

The Careerometer widget below provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects. The widget can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers. The data is organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.

Please use this on the following webpage:

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.


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. 

Please click here for online resources.



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 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

2018 Leaver Destinations

2019 Leaver Destinations

2020 Leaver Destinations

Useful contacts


Head of Sixth Form  Mrs C Cain
GROWS Co-ordinator Mr Bradley