To create a learning environment which promotes aspiration and which supports pupils as they work towards the realisation of their chosen career pathway.


  • To actively promote pupils’ understanding of the link between their educational attainment and future career opportunities.
  • To encourage pupils to consider their GCSE and A level subject choices in terms of their personal strengths, career aspirations and employment opportunities.
  • To promote pupils’ understanding of the connection between classroom activities and the world of work by maintaining and developing links with local employers and including such information in our programmes of study.
  • To enrich pupils’ educational experience across the school by encouraging and facilitating the inclusion of subject specific career opportunities in the programme of study for each academic department.
  • To encourage and support diversity and individuality in the choice of career pathway, be this in Further or Higher Education or in vocational opportunities.
  • To provide opportunities for pupils to develop the skills, competencies, attributes and dispositions which will enable them to fulfil their potential and realise their career aspirations.

Magazine Articles

Banbridge Academy Magazine 2015-2016: Careers Article

Key Stage 3

Year 10 pupils are timetabled for one period of Employability each week.

Key Stage 4

Year 12

  • Setting Career goals
  • Making important decisions
  • My Career Plan
  • Employers want and I can …..
  • Career opportunities in the STEM sector
  • Study Skills
  • Self Marketing
  • Labour Market Information
  • Alternative career pathways
  • Subject Choices
  • Getting started on UCAS
  • Recruitment, CVs and Interviews

Post 16

Year 13

  • Moving on after GCSE
  • Planning my career pathway after A levels
  • University pathway: is it for me?
  • Skills Employers want
  • Work Shadowing – preparation and personal reflection
  • Local employment opportunities
  • Researching my career pathway, including Gap Year opportunities
  • The UCAS application process & Personal Statement preparation
  • Target setting and study skills
  • One-to-one interviews with Careers teacher

Year 14

  • Job hunting: the application process
  • CV, Covering letters and Application forms
  • Succeeding at interview & Mock interviews
  • University finances and student life
  • UCAS applications: making final UCAS choices & August decisions
  • Study/ revision techniques
  • One-to-one interviews with Careers teacher

Additional Enrichment Activities

  • Open Day visits to Queens’ University Belfast and University of Ulster Jordanstown
  • Stranmillis Open Day
  • Craigavon Area Hospital Medical Symposium
  • Visits from a range of universities from the UK and Republic of Ireland
  • Personal statement tutorials (subject specific guidance)
  • Interview Skills days; preparation for university and work related interviews
  • One-to-one mock interviews, on request, in preparation for university selection
  • Oxbridge visit, for those considering this option
  • Student Finance presentation (Year 14)
  • Parents’ consultations to discuss subject selection, career queries and the UCAS application process
  • Careers staff available in August to assist with examination results, university applications and other career pathways
  • Careers Fair (alternate years): exhibitors from a number of universities, local employers and vocational pathways
  • Individual Careers interview with Head of Careers by request
  • Additional careers guidance available by appointment with Careers Service NI
  • Regular notification of personal enrichment opportunities