Careers, Advice & Guidance

For any questions about careers, university or generally about your future you should contact our Careers Team. We will refer you to an independent careers advice and guidance professional if you need it.

Careers Education and Guidance is very important in your early years at School. The Government is recommending that there will be Careers input in Years 7 & 8.

In Year 7 you will have an introduction to careers and some assemblies will focus on careers and the world of work. We think that it is really important that you spend your first year at the academy focusing on developing a clearer understanding of yourself and how you work with others in your year group.

In Year 8

You will have to make your subject choices for GCSE. It is important that you keep as broad a range of subjects as possible over and above the Core Subjects.  The Guided Learning Pathways handbook will help you with these choices. For more information, see "Making Choices in Year 8".

Some students, who might like to think about studying at university after school, will be invited to take part in the 'Into University' programme.

Please be sure to attend the Parent and Student Information Evening which is held in late March/early April each year when we can give you advice on which subjects to study for specific careers.

In Year 9

There will be the opportunity for contacts with other organisations and workshops, for example understanding careers options in the NHS, learning about apprenticeships, etc.

In Year 10

Parent and Student Information Evening (takes place in March)

Careers Advice and Guidance becomes more tailored towards your specific needs, behaviour and aspirations.  You will be given the opportunity to ‘spy’ on the world of work and to gain some employment intelligence.  This programme helps students to understand their own strengths, prepare CVs and job applications as well as consider future career choices.

A full programme of trips and visits to local employers, colleges and universities designed to help students to shape their plans for further study and work will take place throughout the year.

Students are encouraged to build their CVs on the CV Builder from  This is a web-based careers support service which will remain a resource long-after the student has graduated from the Academy.

All students are offered a one-to-one interview with a specialist careers guidance adviser.  A mentoring service is available to students who may wish to consider going to study Higher Education through the Aspiring Minds Mentoring Scheme.

In Year 11

The year begins with a work experience placement or attendance on the Life Xperience programme.  The Life Xperience programme is aimed at students who have yet to complete the Employment Intelligence programme and seeks to provide a unique opportunity to develop key enterprise skills through a series of outdoor learning activities.  After Life Xperience, students are encouraged to take up a work experience placement.

You will be given the opportunity of a one to one interview with a Personal Adviser from Nottinghamshire Futures.

To help with Careers Information Research, use the facilities in the Enterprise Hub and get help from the Careers Team. Also, take a look at "Achieving in Year 11".

Students will also receive personal careers advice and guidance to help them to make the choices they need to progress to further education.  This is closely monitored throughout year 11.  

Information on the minimum qualification requirements for further education and apprenticeships are available to view here.

In Year 12 & 13

Students are given extensive support to enable UCAS applications plus mentoring, trips and visits plus work experience opportunities.  All students have the opportunity to meet with a specialist careers adviser as well as encouraged to take leadership roles and responsibilities within the Academy.

Students take part in the unique 'Directors Tour' programme.  The Tours give students a unique insight into a range of public and private sector businesses.  Visits include understanding the contribution made by sport to community cohesion (supported by Nottingham Forest FC), following the journey of a £10 note from the bank to the business (sponsored by Yorkshire Bank) and understanding 'Crime & Punishment' in partnership with the Police, Courts and HM Prison Nottingham.

Contact Us

0115 964 7640

Career Mark Standard

In 2016, The Bulwell Academy was awarded the Careers Mark Quality Standard. Click on the image to read the report.

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