We want to put careers in medicine, healthcare and related industries at the heart of what we do and give all young people who come to Scott College the best healthcare careers programme in England.
We will provide leading opportunities to be successful in gaining employment, university places and apprenticeships.
Scott Medical and Healthcare College offers high-quality careers advice and guidance, to support our aspirational and focused students. The advice and guidance is developed throughout a student’s time at Scott College with the primary aim of making them highly attractive medical, healthcare, social care or other undergraduates, employees or apprentices.
Aims and purpose
● We will prepare students for the transition to life beyond Scott College as successful young adults who contribute to their economy. Destinations include higher education, apprenticeships and the workplace.
● We support students in making informed decisions which are suitable and ambitious for them including alternative routes into the most competitive courses and professions.
● Through our curriculum we provide students with well-rounded education and wider experiences. We enable students to develop characteristics including; leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative and communication.
● We inspire and motivate students to develop their aspirations and expose them to a range of opportunities that they might otherwise not be aware of.
All students have access to the careers information on their year group Google Classroom.
External opportunities are promoted to students through the Google Classroom.
Students record their careers, employment and work placement activity on their ‘student
Students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND): Transition from Key Stage 4
to 5 and on to further and higher education is part of our plan for a student with SEND.
Personalised support from the SENCO, careers advisor and external bodies is used where appropriate.
Students entitled to Pupil Premium funding will receive personalised support from their personal coach and will be given the additional support they need.
At Scott College, there is an independent Careers Advisor, provided by Careers South West, who works alongside the Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for careers and the Workplacement Coordinator.
At Key Stage 4
In Year 9
● One-to-one careers discussions with the Personal Coach informs individual Careers
Plans that each student records in their ‘student tracker’
● Students experience real medical environment in Operating Theatre Live
● Year 9 students will meet and hear from a minimum of 10 speakers across a range of healthcare professions, including details of entry to the profession, pay and workforce demand
● Students will visit at least one university in Year 9
● Students will research employment marketplace as part of the step into the NHS competition
● Students take part in a Year 2 Undergraduate Dentist student enquiry project
● Students will lead primary age students and introduce them to healthcare careers through the Widening Horizons project
In Year 10
● One-to-one careers discussions with the Personal Coach informs individual Careers Plans that each student records in their ‘student tracker’
● Year 10 students will meet and hear from a minimum of 10 speakers across a range of health care professions, including details of entry to the profession, pay and workforce demand
● Students will prepare for work placement, writing CVs and letters of applications and securing a work placement
● Students will undertake a work placement for one week at the start of July
● Students will take part in preparation for work placement lessons
● Students will explore labour market awareness through project based learning.
In Year 11
● The options programme for Year 11 supports their A Level and Btec choices supporting their future aspirations
● Year 11 students are given impartial advice and guidance on post-16 education, employment and training and apprenticeship options
● Year 11 students will meet and hear from a minimum of 10 speakers across a range of healthcare professions, including details of entry to the profession, pay and workforce demand
● The curriculum in Year 11 covers economic well being, active citizenship and charity fundraising
● Students continue to explore labour market awareness for the wider health sector through Project Based Learning
● Students who might require BMAT and UKCAT experience in the future have access to professional taught courses and regular practice sessions.
Across the key stage
A number of students will complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The majority of students participate in the Bronze Award. Many students participate in the Silver Award.
Extra-curricular clubs and trips support students in developing their understanding of a
range of healthcare professions and university courses.
Students will have developed financial capability, presentation and interview skills through the Project Based Learning programme.
Key Stage 5
There is a range of support for university applicants through:
● A Higher Education support through the tutor programme
● Student are encouraged to visit university open days, masterclasses, taster courses
and summer schools at a variety of universities
● The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) helps develop invaluable research and independent learning skills which are central to higher education
● Dedicated staff to support students with the UCAS process. Students have support tailored to their application from their form tutor and the Sixth Form team
● Interview preparation, presentation practice and workshops
● Preparation for aptitude and pre-admissions test including UKCAT and BMAT
● Sixth Form students undertake work placement to support their university, employment and apprenticeship applications
● Students take part in the DofE Award Silver and Gold
● Financial management and preparation for working life
Alumnae return as guest speakers and share their profession, career path and education with current students. Alumnae speak at KS4 and KS5 Open and Celebration Evenings.
Work Experience and Placement
The aim of work experience (Year 10) is to provide an opportunity for all students to learn in the workplace; an experience that cannot be replicated in school.
All students have one weeks’ work experience in the July of Year 10, this is a compulsory part of the curriculum.
Students are encouraged to arrange their own work experience. The WEC advertises work experience opportunities to students through Google Classsroom. Scott College has links with many major healthcare and care professions and organisations supported by our employment partners and governors.
Parents are informed and communicated with throughout the process and a work experience agreement form and work experience information form are completed.
All students on placement are covered by the employers’ insurance and places of work are risk assessed by EBP.
Work Placements for Sixth Form Students
All students undertake a work placement for one day each week. Students are supported in
their applications through our Work Placement Coordinator.
Work Placements are recorded on the student Work Placement Tracker.
Opportunities for work placements are promoted through the Google Classroom and at
To find out more, please contact Mrs Louise Humpherson