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Careers Advice & Guidance

Here at The Marvell College we feel it is very important that you get the support you need to make informed decisions about your future. Careers information, advice and guidance (IAG) is an essential part of the support offered by the college.


Every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

High quality, independent careers guidance is also crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions.

The Marvell College

Information careers advice is central to the ethos of The Marvell College. Every student receives careers advice throughout their school life. Every member of staff at The Marvell College is fully committed and involved in careers advice at every stage of a student's development. This could be as a Personal Tutor, a Learning Mentor, a Teaching Assistant, a Head of Year or a subject teacher. All staff are trained but there are several staff who have professional qualifications within the framework of careers advice attached to each year group, supported by excellent external careers advisors, who regularly support the school. 

Y7 Students

Before students commence their secondary schooling all Year 6 students take part in a programmed transition process to help them settle in more easily and aid transition from the Primary to the Secondary phase. This programme culminates in a week of various activities within The Marvell College in July before students join us in September. Throughout Year 7, students access the extensive PSHE programme which incorporates the types of jobs people do and the qualifications needed for jobs. 

Y8 students

Year 8 students choose their GCSE subjects and their potential future careers by being guided through their Options process. This involves their Personal Tutor, Year Group Mentors, Head of Year and their subject staff. Assemblies, talks, presentations, on-line activities are all used to best inform students of their choices and future careers.

Y9 Students

Y9 students start their option subjects as well as receiving assemblies on their chosen academic pathways. During PSHE they introduced to apprenticeships in the workplace, interfacing with employers in interviews. 

Y10 Students

Year 10 students continue their option subjects as well as being guided through our excellent PSHE programme which, amongst other topics, has a key focus on life after school through career options.

Year 10 students also complete a one week work experience placement with an employer.

Y11 Students

Year 11 students have an individual, tailored careers programme to ensure they progress on to the most appropriate courses. All students receive personal tutor meetings with trained staff regarding their post-16 pathways. Alongside this are meetings with independent careers advisors and employers who work within the City Council’s education faculty.

In addition, The Marvell College hosts an annual Careers Fair, where the majority of the regions post-16 providers come into school and speak, teach, interact with our Year 11 students regarding their provision.  Students are supported by teachers and mentors with their applications and interview techniques.

Assemblies are delivered by staff and external providers giving information regarding the post-16 opportunities that are on offer in the region and beyond.

Work Experience

It is a statutory requirement for schools to include work-related learning within the curriculum for all young people during Key Stage 4. The Marvell College ensures that all students are afforded the opportunity to experience the world of work for one week.

All Year 10 students will undertake a work experience placement for a week. Students will need to source their own placement. However, the students' Personal Tutors and the Year 10 Pastoral Team will support and guide students through this process. The current cohort of Year 10 students will attend their work experience placement from Monday 10th July – Friday 14th July 2017.

Every attempt will be made to ensure each student a placement that will match their aspirations and interests. It will be designed to give each student a greater understanding of the world of work and the opportunity to work with adults other than teachers.


As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. 

Year 11-13 Apprenticeship Links.

College/Sixth Form (Further Education)

Colleges and Sixth forms offer a broad range of academic and vocational courses. Courses range from level 1 through to level 3. The level you start on depends upon your GCSE results. Most courses are full time. Please speak to your Personal Tutor, Year Team or Careers’ Adviser for specific details on colleges and available courses.

Sixth Form Providers

University information (university courses)

  • (graduate destinations/jobs information/what jobs would suit me; options with subjects/graduate employers)

Level 3 Qualifications

BTEC National offers come in three different guises; National Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2-level), National Level 3 Diploma (2 A2-levels) and National Level 3 Extended Diploma (3 A2- levels), each taking two years to complete. Each has a different value for university entry.

Level 2 Qualifications

BTEC level 2 or BTEC First Diplomas. These level 2 courses usually require four GCSEs at grade D (4) or above, including English and Mathematics. 

Level 1 Qualifications

Most colleges/sixth forms offer level 1 courses across all of their subject areas . They are known by many different names such as BTEC level 1, BTEC introductory diplomas, NVQ 1 and foundation learning.  Entry requirements will also differ with each college/sixth form but usually ask for 3-4 GCSE grades E-G.