Post 16 Careers & Work Experience


SMCC has been nominated and awarded as a Champion NCS College for 2015/16.

Careers Education And Guidance
There is a comprehensive programme of careers education and guidance throughout the college. A designated Careers Co-ordinating leader (Mr I Jones) is responsible for the delivery of the programme.

Mr I Jones email: tel 01769 572129

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Careers education and guidance is introduced through the tutorial programme in years 7, 8 and 9. In years 10 and 11 careers education and guidance is delivered through the guidance programme. All careers education is delivered in line with statutory requirements.

The college uses the services of Careers South West who designate a Careers Adviser to work with students at the college. The Careers Adviser works closely with the teaching staff and is involved in work with students in years 9, 10 and 11. The Careers Adviser conducts at least one personal interview with all students in year 11 which results in a Careers Guidance Action Plan for each individual student.

The careers education and guidance programme exposes students to a wide range of opportunities to widen their experience, understanding and knowledge of the world of further education, higher education and work. Outside speakers are frequent visitors. Students make visits to local colleges of further education and careers conventions. In year 10 all students participate in a two-week work experience programme.

In March each year the college holds a Year 11 careers evening when students and parents are able to meet a wide range of further education and work/training providers. A large proportion of students who leave this college at 16 transfer to either Petroc Barnstaple or Tiverton, or Exeter College. Smaller numbers move into full-time employment or work training programmes/apprenticeships.


Year 8 Information, Advice and Guidance 
In year 8 we use the Careerpilot website as part of the PSHE programme.
The Careerpilot website aims to provide 13-19 year olds with information on the full range of choices available at 14, 16 and 18, including apprenticeships, college, higher level study, etc.
The website also includes information on twenty two job sectors, links to providers in the South of England and, if you register (which is free, on the home page and takes 1 minute), you can save your choices of job sectors, providers and qualifications in Career Tools. You can also save your results from the Pre-16 Skills Map and HE Skills Map (for post 16 students).
Plan your study & work Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, routes to different qualifications and job sectors. Career tools to help you decide.