Career Links

Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby BenchmarkActions/ Intentions
1.       A stable careers programmeTrips have taken place to; Big Bang, St Helens College Medical Day, MOND Trophy competition is entered every year to raise aspirations in STEM, visits to Catalyst Museum and Liverpool University.Schemes of work highlight career links and are highlighted within lessons.Careers board to showcase a range of science related careers for students to aspire to.Regularly reflect on curriculum and seek for further ways to incorporate trips linked to curriculum. For example, the introduction of Chester Zoo trip to accompany KS3 curriculum.
2.       Learning from career and labour market information.Trip to the ‘Big Bang’ event for Year 8 students which links into LMI within STEM subjects.Trip to St Helens College Medical Day provided information on careers in the medical sector.Signposted on website and careers board to information on careers and further study in science.
3.       Addressing the needs of each pupil.Career links and job opportunities referred to in lessons, schemes of work highlight career links for each topic studied at both KS3 and KS4.Our intention to build up a subject career’s library to allow student access to information on science related courses in College/ University.
4.       Linking curriculum to careers.Links to careers and the bigger picture in our schemes of work and lessons.Medical Mavericks Day & What’s your Emergency Day – links to the medical industry and an insight into the roles and responsibilities of various jobs and what they come across. Research future opportunities.Continue to seek for ways for guest speakers to come into school in addition to trips that have included Liverpool University (Farm Urban Project) and St Helens College Medical Day.Working with a collection of schools under Ogden trust to promote Physics and encourage more students to further study Physics at A level.
5.       Encounters with Employers & Employees.Science has welcomed Medical Mavericks Day & What’s your Emergency Day – links to the medical industry and an insight into the roles and responsibilities of various jobs.St Helens Medical Day for Year 10 separate science students interested in a career in medicine.Continue with our yearly trip to Big Bang.
6.       Experience of workplaces.Opportunity for students to complete work experience placements in science prep room.Visits have included Daresbury Laboratories and Liverpool University (Farm Urban). Continue to seek further opportunities for students to visit workplaces or to see science in action.
7.       Encounters with further and higher education.Trips to Universities and Colleges, including Liverpool University (Farm Urban Project), Big Bang (stalls from a range of employers and colleges) and St Helens College Medical Day for Year 10 students interested in a career in medicine.Farm Urban project took place at Liverpool University and a team of Year 10 students participated in this project.Our intention is to maintain and develop links to seek further opportunities to visit local colleges and Universities.
8.       Personal GuidanceOptions evening - information is provided on career routes and pathways, for example highlighting that the separate science course equips students with an advantageous qualification to then go on to study medicine.Science career board that highlights careers in science.Careers in science shared on website and via Instagram.

KS3 Chester Zoo

At KS3 to support the study of the topic Ecosystems, an annual trip to Chester Zoo is now incorporated into our Schemes of Work.

KS4 Opportunities for fieldwork

Opportunity for students to develop practical fieldwork skills.

Career connection links

  • Biochemistry
  • Conservation
  • Engineering
  • Environmental science and protection
  • Forensic scientist
  • Medical sector (Surgeons, doctors, nurses, pharmacists etc)
  • Perfumer
  • Physicist (Astrophysics and Nuclear Physicist)
  • Research sector (including laboratory and fieldwork)
  • Teaching
  • Laboratory Technician

Further & Higher Education & Apprenticeship courses in science

Here are just a few;

Science related Degree courses

  • Nutrition Science. Nutritional Science is a continuously evolving field.
  • Pharmaceutical Science.
  • Earth Sciences (Geology)
  • Social Psychology
  • Food Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Nuclear Physics

Science related Apprenticeship courses

  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
  • Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Health, Public Services and Care
  • Leisure, Travel and Tourism
  • Science and Mathematics

There are many more for you to view online, visit University websites and college websites to find out the whole range of exciting science related courses available.