Careers & Pathways

The support available to pupils when making choices for the next steps in their education is very effective.

Ofsted 2019

We run a varied programme of careers education, support and guidance for all of our students. The programme fulfils the requirements of the Government Careers Strategy (Dec 2017) and resulting Statutory Guidance (Jan 2021).

Activities across all year groups of the school inform and inspire students about a wide range of career areas, and help to build essential employability skills so they can move forward in their career journey.

Trips and events are organised to understand where studying particular subjects could lead in the future, and to illuminate the wide range of opportunities for further study and future employment. 

Mrs Pearce, Careers Lead

01737 764356 extension 232

Come and find me in Room 2-12 in the Astra Building to chat about your future options!

Here's what we do in Year 11 to help our students understand the world of work, the range of opportunities available and the skills and qualifications required:
  • 121 Careers Guidance interviews by appointment
  • PD lessons on Post 16 pathways, decision making and making applications
  • Presentations by local Further Education and Sixth Form colleges
  • College Open Days/Evenings
  • Workshop on Apprenticeship applications
  • Fast Forward careers feature in student weekly newsletter
  • Opportunities to engage in virtual and in person work experience in school holidays
  • Classroom learning and employer talks to link curriculum to careers

Post-16 Education Options

Our Partner Colleges

East Surrey College

(Further Education College)

01737 78844

Reigate College

(Sixth Form College)

01737 221118

Other Options

Specialist Post 16 Providers

The Brit School

(Performing Arts, Croydon)

020 8665 5242

Merrist Wood College

(land-based studies & sport courses)

01483 884000

Plumpton College

(land based studies)

01273 890454

Crawley College

(wide range of courses including catering)

01293 442200

School Sixth Form (smaller, more nurturing environment)

St Bede’s School


01737 212108

Royal Alexandra and Albert School

01737 649000

Reigate Grammar School

01737 222231

Sixth Form Colleges (further to travel, but may have specific course you are looking for)

NESCOT College


0208 3943038

Brooklands College


01932 797700

Coulsdon College

01737 551176


Preparing for the College Interview - Worksheet

Beyond Carrington - A Self-Help Guide


Here's what we do in Year 10 to help our students understand the world of work, the range of opportunities available and the skills and qualifications required:
  • Trip to local Careers Fair at The Harlequin
  • PD lessons on value of employability skills, CV writing, interview skills and Post 16 pathways
  • Assemblies, small group work sessions with SEN on Post 16 pathways
  • Talks by apprentices and apprenticeship learning providers
  • Parent information evening on apprenticeships
  • 121 Careers Guidance interviews by appointment


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  • Year 10 Mock Interview event
  • Skills for working life workshops
  • Classroom learning and employer talks to link curriculum to careers
  • Fast Forward careers features in our Student Weekly newsletter
  • Opportunities to engage in virtual work experience programmes in school holidays
Here's what we do in Year 9 to help our students understand the world of work, the range of opportunities available and the skills and qualifications required:
  • Assemblies, small group work sessions with SEN on Subject Option decision making
  • ‘Meet the employer’ careers talks from a range of career areas including STEM employers
  • ‘Meet the apprentice’ careers talks from a range of apprenticeship areas
  • Subject Options information booklets and videos
  • Subject Options information evenings
  • 121 Careers Guidance interviews by appointment
  • Widening participation and outreach events at the University of Surrey
  • Classroom learning, employer talks and trips to link curriculum to careers
  • Fast Forward careers features in Student Weekly Newsletter

Here's what we do in Years 7 & 8 to help our students understand the world of work, the range of opportunities available and the skills and qualifications required:
  • All year round students can visit the Careers Office (2-12) for a Careers Drop-In Session on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday break and lunchtimes
  • Classroom learning, employer talks and trips to link curriculum to careers
  • Widening Participation & Outreach events at the University of Surrey
  • Information available on careers noticeboard
  • Information & guidance available under the careers section of the school website
  • PD lessons and Year group Assemblies – self-development, exploration, career management, learning about the world of work and learning about vocational pathways (apprenticeships and T levels)
  • Fast Forward careers features in Student Weekly Newsletter

Eve Wilcox left our school to study at Reigate College and has now just started a DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP in Business and Management with the BBC! 

Check out Eve's story HERE 

Here's where our Leavers have gone on to:

Class of...



Reigate College



East Surrey College



Other colleges and Football Academies






Working (not official apprenticeship)







Reigate College have provided us with this Destination Information for all the Carrington School students (Class of 2020 Leavers) who completed Advanced Level courses with them and have begun their Higher Education courses in September 2022:

Games Art & Design

University of Brighton

Law with Criminology

University of Brighton

Forensic Psychology (Professional Placement)

Bath Spa University

Business and Management

University of Portsmouth

Philosophy and Politics

University of Exeter

Creative Arts Practice, with Foundation

Bath Spa University

Geography with Business

University of Nottingham

Law with a Year Abroad

University of Liverpool

Arts and Humanities, with Foundation

University of Leeds

Fashion Branding and Marketing

University of West London

English Literature and Creative Writing

University of Kent

English and Music

University of Sheffield

Environment and Development

LSE, University of London

Law with Professional Experience

Kingston University

Law with Criminology

University of Winchester

Business & Management

Bournemouth University

Musical Theatre & Acting for Film

University of Chichester


Royal Holloway, University of London

Communication & Society, and Media

Nottingham Trent University


University of East London


University of Oxford


University of East Anglia

Adult Nursing

Bournemouth University

Law, with Foundation

Bournemouth University

Graphic Design

Arts University Bournemouth


Solent University (Southampton)

Biomedical Sciences, with Foundation

University of Westminster, London

Business and Management

University of Portsmouth


University of Hull

Business & Management

Bournemouth University


 Manchester Metropolitan University

Business with Digital Marketing

Liverpool John Moores University

Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science

Solent University (Southampton)

English Literature

University of Winchester

Drama and Performance

University of Portsmouth


University of Bath

Business Management

University of Plymouth

Forensic Psychology

University of Portsmouth

Law and Practice

Birmingham City University

Robotics, with Foundation

Bristol, University of the West of England

Criminology & Forensic Investigation

University Centre South Essex


University of Bedfordshire


University of East Anglia UEA

Sport, Physical Education and Health (Dance)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Food Science and Nutrition, with Foundation

University of Surrey

Liberal Arts

University of Nottingham

Biomedical Science

University of Brighton

Politics and International Relations

Aberystwyth University

Graphic Design, with Foundation

Liverpool Hope University

Business Management, Film & Visual Culture

Liverpool Hope University

Fashion Business and Management

Manchester Metropolitan University

After Year 11, the options available include taking a more practical, work-based route:

Apprenticeships are based in the workplace and are a mixture of earning and learning.

What is an apprenticeship? 

Apprenticeships: Dispelling the Myths

T-Levels are 80% based at college and 20% based in the workplace.

What are T Levels?

T Levels - A Guide for Parents and Carers

There are some excellent examples of real-life apprenticeship success stories here which explain why this is sometimes the perfect route for a student: 

Apprentice Stories - Amazing Apprenticeships

Parents and Carer Pack


NCS Summer Programme

Start Profile

An online careers platform with lots of useful information about what and where to study along with details of the world of work and how to build employability skills.

National Careers Service

Lots of useful information on the ‘Aged 13-16’ tab including job profiles, points to consider when choosing your subjects to study, and available options including apprenticeships.


Real life career videos giving personal insights into jobs and career paths by job type, theme and subject. Practical guides on making your decisions for Year 9 Subject Options and Post 16 decision making. 

Careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

There are a growing number of job opportunities in these career areas.  Visit these virtual careers fair to inspire you about the career areas available.


An apprenticeship offers a mixture of on and off the job training giving you the skills needed to get ahead in your chosen career. Apprenticeships can be a wide range of employment areas.

Further education colleges often offer Traineeships designed to provide further qualifications, confidence and work-related skills for those wishing to start an apprenticeship.

University choices - UCAS

If you are thinking that after you are 18, university might be something you would consider, you can find out what A level and BTEC subjects are required to gain entry onto specific courses on the UCAS (University College Admission System) website. Look on the ‘undergraduate’ tab, then ‘find a course’.  This will allow you to search for specific courses at specific universities and will let you know what the entry requirements are. The website is linked into the UCAS website.

Which? University also provides free university advice to help students find the right degree course and university for them.

Informed Choices is also a good source of information for post-16 choices if you are thinking of aiming for Russell Group Universities.

Barclays Life Skills

A useful website showing films and providing tools to help young people understand and develop the key skills they need to go forward into work. Use the wheel of strength to discover which jobs could suit you by picking your current skills, interests and personality traits. 

Insights April 2023 Newsletter

LMI For All - Careerometer

The LMI For All Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation.

Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

Explore LMI data - LMI for all


Training Provider Access

At Carrington School, all students have the opportunity to explore what it is like to learn at the full range of learning providers, including colleges, universities, apprenticeship and training providers. We ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all students for the purpose of informing about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.  If you are a training provider and wish to have access to students at Carrington School, please read the following:

Application for Provider Access