Careers/Post-16 Information

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  Careers Team  
Careers Lead Mr Karl Byrne
SLT Link Mrs Caroline Pugh
Independent Careers Advisor

Ms S Roche

Careers Link Governor Mrs Bowden  

For extra careers information, please click on the link below:

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As part of our ongoing commitment to provide an outstanding careers programme here at Cove School, we are in the process of being certified as reaching the ‘Quality in Careers’ standard, awarded by Investor in Careers.

We are proud to let you all know, due to our ongoing commitment to provide an amazing careers programme here at Cove School, we are going for the  “Investor in Careers” re-assessment.

This is the highest accolade that can be awarded to a school, academy or sixth form for outstanding careers provision.

Achieving this award will endorse our commitment to providing the highest quality careers programme. Alongside our information, advice and guidance (IAG), it focuses on:

  • Our partnerships with local businesses, colleges and universities
  • Our enterprise activities which provide meaningful encounters for our students
  • The support we provide our students from Year 7 to Year 11.

We aim to inspire and enable our students to make well-informed plans and decision about their decisions about their future. Careers Newsletters


In an ever changing world, managing your career is a lifelong process which begins at school. School teaches young people responsibility and creates habits for the future. Education helps to build opinion and the confidence to have a point of view. Throughout the school we encourage students to develop an understanding of themselves, their strengths and their skills in order to assist them in their future choices on leaving school.

Our Hampshire Futures Careers Advisors offer specialist, impartial careers and further education support and guidance within school. This includes 1:1 careers interviews, the development of the careers in RSHE programme and the co-ordination of a range of activities which helps to enrich students with ideas to investigate their own futures. We welcome independent external sources of careers guidance through a range of speakers and activities such as STEM and Healthy Living Days as well as opportunities for students to talk to further education providers, employers and universities. Our aim is to enable students to make the right decisions for themselves at key points in their education based on investigation, information and inspiration. All the information and resources below can be used by all of our students, staff and parents. 

The Library

The library holds a wide selection of college prospectuses and career option information. This literature is constantly updated and available for students to take home. Please visit individual college websites for the most up to date information.

Jacqui Powell is our Careers Co-ordinator. If your child has any queries about careers, they can speak to her in the library.

School Careers Advisor

Our Hampshire Futures Careers advisors are in school every week holding 1:1 Post 16 Option advice sessions for Year 10 & 11 students. All year 11 students will receive an appointment. During this appointment, students will receive an individual action plan which they can use to help chart a course to their chosen career.

Post 16 Information

Post 16 information will be shared with students during tutor time and assemblies.

Our Post 16 education information morning is held in school every October during the school day. Representatives from local colleges and Career providers as well as a selection of employers usually visit Cove School offering advice and guidance on the various courses available ranging from A’ Levels, T Levels and apprenticeships. Students will have time to speak to a wide range of Post 16 providers, gather information on courses, college life and the various routes available to them Post 16.

This is an exciting time for students, however with the wide range of choices available it is important that students do as much research into the courses they intend to apply for. Students should apply to more than one Post 16 provider in order to keep their options open until they receive their GCSE results in August.

Students should attend College Open Events - a timetable of which can be collected from the library, alternatively students can log onto the individual college websites to gather this information directly. Some events will require booking and may be virtual.

We aim to offer all students as much guidance and advice to assist them in making informed decisions.

Students can speak to their tutor, Progress Leader and independent careers advisors anytime they need to during their chosen Post 16 application processes.

College applications should be submitted directly to the students' chosen college, the college will then contact the school for a reference, once the school has provided a reference students will be invited into college to attend an interview - this may be

Please note... that Farnborough 6th College interviews are held in Cove School during January - this may be a virtual event.

Students will be given advice and guidance on interview preparation and technique prior to their interview.

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Useful links for more information!

Colleges - Please click on the colleges below for up-to-date information regarding virtual open days.

6th form SIXTH FORM - Yateley School  
Welcome to Farnborough College of Technology's Virtual Open Event - Farnborough College of Technology BCoT Logo  
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Forces Employment Charity

Forces Employment Charity latest newsletter click here

The Forces Employment Charity supports young people from Service families in all aspects of education, training, and employment choices. Whether parents are serving or veterans, students can access expert support. Our dedicated advisors help you to identify skills and career aspirations, create a plan, and give 1:1 support.

 We offer guidance and practical help such as CV writing, interview coaching and help you to discover education and apprenticeship opportunities through our Forces and youth-friendly employers and specialist partners.

 The EM3 programme is open to veterans, spouses , partners, and dependants.

For more information about the programme and to register for FREE support please click here

Apprenticeships & Other Career Paths - Government portal to apprenticeships packed with apprenticeship opportunities and information, advice and guidance. .

Amazing Apprenticeships - great newsletters and information - Excellent information covering alternatives to university.

Network Rail Apprenticeships - If you're thinking of becoming an engineer, National Rail are offering apprenticeships. It's something to think about for when you turn 18. Read their brochure here. Also, find interview techniques here.

Bosch Automotive Apprenticeships - Click here to read the Bosch leaflet all about their Apprenticeship scheme.


Degree Courses - The University and colleges admission service – the one stop shop to find out about degree courses and entry requirements.


Careers Advice & Ideas - Information on post 16 and post 18 options and the routes to different qualifications and job sectors. There are also job profiles and career tools to help you decide. - Take the Buzz quiz and find out what you're like and what you could do.

Tuchbands - Tuchbands Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisors have put together a guide which covers how to be a chartered accountant.

National Careers Service - National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. Find more info on their website here or click here to view their e-pack.

BBC Bitesize Careers - Whether you’re deciding what to study, taking your exams, planning a career, or just curious, we’re here to explain the world of work, with advice from people who've found the right path for them.

Job Sites - An online ‘jobs board’ that allows you to search in your locality for jobs you are interested in. This helps to gather some labour market intelligence by assessing how many jobs there are along with salaries and entry requirements. - With over 165,000 live jobs and over 10,000 recruiters, they are the UK’s largest independent job site.

Adzuna - We search thousands of websites and bring together over 1M unique, live jobs in one simple search. - Start is an online careers platform that has a wealth of information on labour market information (LMI) and the world of work including jobs by industry with qualifications and salaries, employment by region and live availability of jobs. - On Jobted, in addition to the most comprehensive database of job vacancies in the UK, you can find:

- The “Job Descriptions” section: an in-depth guide to the most popular jobs in UK, with many tips that will help students/people choose the job of their dreams.

- The Jobted Career Blog ( with all the best tips for finding a job: interview tips, career tips and the practical guide on how to write an effective CV.

- The “Salary” section with the most comprehensive and up-to-date salary data, trends and statistics for the most popular jobs in the UK:

Labour Market Information


LMI for all - LMI for All is an online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions.

Hampshire Futures Careers Information Service 

iCould - iCould allows you to explore lots of different job types based on the subjects that you've taken for your GCSE's.

Step into the NHS - Step into the NHS shows you all the different career paths that you can take within the NHS.

Enterprise M3 - Collaborate with us to connect with organisations, people and ideas.

Go Construct - The Go Construct website showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment.


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 Reading Force special resources for children and young people 

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