Careers Education in the Curriuclum

What will we do for you?


  • We will help you to find out what you want to do for a career and give you an education that helps you get there.
  • We will develop your knowledge and skills, and help you to make good choices, ones which work for you.
  • We will give you lots of support and information about your subject choices and your chosen career path.
  • We will work with your parents/careres and other organisations to help you reach your goals.
  • We will help you build a Record of Acheivement using Fast Tomato which you can take to interviews with you.


Careers Education - what can you expect in your lessons with your PSHE teacher? 

Year 7 

Congratulations - you have just started the first of seven years of education here at Ringmer, so why not start planning ahead now and getting an understanding of what it will be like to be Sixth Form student? You'll have the opportunity to apply to college, meet with the Principal to discuss your future aspirations and find out about lots of different courses jobs. 

There are lots of things you can do to help yourself:

  • Work hard and do the very best you can
  • Try lots of new things - we have lots of clubs and activities available for you. Feel free to bring a friend along!
  • Expland your interests and hobbies outside of school as well. The more you can do, the better your chances are of finding the right job for you.
  • Ask people about their jobs and businesses - parents, family members, friends parents will be able to tell you lots about the different jobs they have had.
  • Do you get pocket-money? Maybe you could set up a savings account if you haven't already got one and plan what you will save for.


Year 8 

The Real Game

You will have the chance to play 'The Real Game' which will let you role-play being an adult. You will see how schoolwork relates to different jobs and also to lifestyle and income. You will have a go at things your parents/careres have to do all the time: budgeting (taxes, mortgage or rent, other bills and transport), work life balance, different work and family roles and making career decisions.

The job profiles included in the game reflect a broad range of employment opportunities and demonstrate that not all jobs are created equally and in the real world some people are stuck in jobs they do not like. You will learn that if you plan ahead and make the most of your school years and make the right choices, you should end up in a job you love!

Economic Wellbeing

It's all about money, the dosh, the wonga! This year will look at how to be responsible with your money because when you turn 13 you will be allowed to start working part time if you want.  Have a look at the table below so you can see what you are legally allowed to do:

How many hours can a teenager (13 & 14) work?                 

                         School Days                        

Not more than 2 hours in one day during the following periods:

Morning: 7.00am to start of school

Evening: end of school to 7.00pm

Saturdays Up to 5 house between 7.00am and 7.00pm
Sundays Up to 2 hours between 7.00am and 11.00am

Term Time (including weekends)

Up to a maximum of 12 hours a week

School Holidays (including weekends)

Up to a maximum of 25 hours a week

5 hours a day between 7.00am - 7.00pm on any day Monday - Saturday

2 hours between 7.00am - 7.00pm on Sundays

15 & 16 year olds may work for up to 8 hours on Saturdays and Sundays and up to a maximum of 35 hours a week during school holidays.


Year 9

OPTIONS! it's all about making choices about the next step!  You may want to choose some very specific subjects because you know what you want to do for a career, or you may want to keep your options open by choosing a broad range of subjects. Click here for the Option Booklet. Fast Tomato and B-Live also offer lots of advice on choosing yolur options.

Not only will your PSHE teacher help you with the decision making process, but your mentor and mentor group are there to help too. Talk with your parents and friends as well; they know you really well. But do try to make your own decisions in the end. Lots of students choose subjects because their friends are doing them but then find that they dont enjoy it. 

For more information about the skills you need and the progression routes you could take to get the career you want have a lok at these reousrces:


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Year 10 and 11

GCSE's - you must aim to get the best GCSE/Level 2 grades that you can. Employers, colleges and universities all look at how well you did at KS4 as proof of your positivie attitude and commitment to hard work.

Emplaoyability Skills - thses are so important. Take every opportunity you can to get invovled in extra-curricular actvities, award schemes, volunteering or work experience (if you can get it). These are just as important as academic acheivement becasue they develop other key skills and look great on your CV.

Find your Passion - Aspirations are so important and once you've found something you are good at, why not aspire to be the best at it? Maybe you could end up running your own business when you started off making birthday cakes for your friends, or designing christmas cards!

Choices and Pathways - The choices you make at the end of year 11 will start you on a pathway towards a career. You may not yet know what that career is, but if you do know what you are aiming for after Key Stage 5 (6th From College), you should make sure you are studying the right subjects. You really should have a look at Univeristy entry requirements. Click here for the UCAS website.

At KS5 you have four main choices:

  • A-Level courses
  • Vocational Courses
  • 16-19 Apprenticeship/traineeship
  • Employment
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Year 12

If you have successfully complete your Year 12 studies, whether these are vocational courses, AS levels or the first year of a BTEC then it makes most sense to stay on and complete the rest of the course in Year 13. If you have passed your GCSE re-takes you might wish to start the AS level.

We might interview some students to make sure they know what their options are and help them decide what to do next. Please ask Mr Burchett or Mr White if you think you might benefit from a meeting with them towards the end of Year 12.

Year 13+

You have a number of options available to you once you have finished your Year 13 studies:

  • Univeristy / Higher Education - If Higher Education is your choice then you need to do lots of research and be prepared to visit potential universities when they have an Open Day. Its very easy to make snap decision about what you want to study and where, but there are always lots of possibilities that students don't take account of. Make sure you see the University section or make an appointment to see Mrs Baker.
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  • Training - If you choose an apprenticeship route you will need to get into a placement and training programme before you turn 19 in order to access the free training. Some of the higher level apprenticeships are extremely competitive and you will need to ensure your application stands out from the rest.
  • Foundation courses - these are usually a 2 year  course equivalent to half a degree which you could then bump up to a full degree if you fancied it. Its a good way to get some Higher Education without as many of the financial worries. There are loads of courses out there, (Agriculture, Childhood and Learning Support, Fashion, Illustration, Marine Engineering are just some of them), so check out the UCAS website or book an appointment to see Mrs Baker if you want to know more.
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