Careers & Aspirations

Here at Admiral Lord Nelson School (ALNS), we are very proud of our careers and aspirations provision. ALNS students are encouraged early in a five-year journey to look at their own skills, interests, and qualities to plan early and broadly for their future endeavours.

Our Careers Programme has been created in line with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for ensuring best practice and to meet the requirements of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance 2018.

We are constantly developing our careers programme to support the intent to embed careers across all year groups, providing students with a ‘staged’ approach to their careers learning. This supports the key skills students need to develop to be able to make effective, informed choices regarding their futures.

The impact and success of the careers programme is evaluated in a variety of ways; including feedback from all

stakeholders; student, parent, staff, employers and visitors involved in career learning, and will be evaluated annually to ensure it reflects both the need of the students and the labour market.

Our Careers Lead, Miss Pollard is always happy to support with any queries or guidance [email protected] or [email protected]


The Gatsby Benchmarks
  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experience of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Designing your life path doesn’t need to be daunting. Knowing what’s on offer and where to get information is important so you don’t miss out

So whether you want to study, work or combine the two, you can use the following information as a helpful starting point.

Advanced level qualifications (known as A levels) are subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work. You can normally study three or more A levels over two years. They’re usually assessed by a series of examinations.

With their focus on practical, skills-based learning, BTEC courses are designed around a number of themed units.  Rather than testing everything together at the end of the course, BTECs give students the opportunity to show what they’ve learned in each unit, and build on their achievements as they progress through the course. That means there are plenty of chances to learn, improve and succeed.

Some BTECs are assessed completely through assignments, while the newer BTEC courses can include some units which are assessed through set tasks or tests. You’ll get a grade for each unit – Pass, Merit or Distinction – so you can see how you’re progressing throughout the course.

T Levels are new courses that were introduced in September 2020, which will follow GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work.

T Levels will offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days). They will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

Additional Tools:

Future Learn – Handy tips and free CV Writing Template

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Reed – School Leaver Template and tips

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Prospects – Drafting a cover letter for your CV

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