Careers & World of Work

The Royal Wootton Bassett Academy is committed to and passionate about preparing students for Higher Education and the Labour Market.

Careers Education is embedded into the Curriculum from Year 7 through to Year 13.  Visits to Colleges and Universities, and visits from/to Local Businesses are regular features of the school calendar. In Year 10, there are mock interviews from our external business partners, alongside preparation for the Working World, culminating in a week's work experience placement.

The Academy employs a fully qualified Careers Adviser who is available to all students on an appointment basis, or through informal drop in. Students have access to local prospectuses from all local colleges and 6th form Provision. Vocational Routes and Apprenticeships are as much a focus as preparing students for Higher Education. Through our partnership with other local schools, Students can access a totally independent Careers Adviser once a term, if desired.

The Academy also invests in an interactive Careers Tool: www.fasttomato.com which enables students to complete a short psychometric test which then provides Career Suggestions with detailed Careers routes. (Use Centre Code RWBL to register).  See opposite

What to expect in:

Year 7: Familiarisation with the ‘World of Work’.  You will explore Jobs and Careers, understand the relevance of Personal Qualities and investigate stereotyping.  We arrange for visits from a cross section of local professionals.

Year 8: We examine qualifications and their importance. We look at the routes into work and the difference between skills and qualities.  You will begin to understand your strengths and weaknesses. We will introduce you to Careers Information in a number of formats.

Year 9: Options Year. In this important year, there will be on-going input and support from all staff, including the Careers Adviser. You will be issued with an Options handbook, and asked to attend an Options evening, where all subjects can be discussed in detail. In Personal Development time, we use ‘The Real Game’ to explore your   Dream and challenge you to make it a Reality.  You may visit a university.  You will be equipped to make informed choices.

Year 10: This is our Work Experience Year, where the students will get involved in preparation for their Work Placement in July.  You will cover Health and Safety in Work, interview techniques and Job applications.  Local Business People give up a day for ‘mock’ interviews and the culmination of the year’s preparation is a work placement.  There will also be Local College taster visits arranged for some students.

Year 11: Preparation for Post 16 Options: In this crucial year, you will be given the opportunity to explore subjects at KS5 (A Levels/BTEC Diplomas Level 3) and will also receive visits from Local Colleges who will showcase their offers.  There will be visits from University Ambassadors. Students will be made fully aware of how the Apprenticeship route can be accessed. We ensure that every student is given access to the Careers Adviser for advice and guidance on their chosen route.  She can also support your applications to Further Education or Training.

Our Careers Adviser (Level 6 qualified) is Kerry Hall. She can be contacted on 01793 841952 or khall@rwba.org.uk. Students can find her office at the end of the English Corridor.