Careers Information, Advice & Guidance

At Felpham Community College our aim is to ensure that every student receives a comprehensive careers education to assist them to develop employability skills and knowledge of available pathways to enable them to make informed decisions at key stages in their education.  

In January 2018 the Department of Education issued a new Careers Strategy which outlined the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks that schools should meet by the end of 2020.  The Benchmarks are as follows:-  

  • Benchmark 1 – A stable careers programme 
  • Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information 
  • Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each student 
  • Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers  
  • Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees 
  • Benchmark 6 – Experience of workplaces 
  • Benchmark 7 – Encounters with further and higher education 
  • Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance 

Currently the majority of the requirements are being met and we continue to work towards achieving all Benchmarks. 


The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training, career choice, career development, job search and the labour market.  It can be accessed online, by telephone and face-to-face (for people aged 19 and over).   

Bright Knowledge from Brightside, will help you work out what you want to achieve and how you can get there.   
Find out about careers: what’s available and how to find a job; education: which course is for you, how to apply and how to succeed and student life: make the most of your studies and stay in control of your money.   

icould will show you what is possible in work and offer different ways to think about careers by way of over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.  Take the Buzz Quiz to find out what you’re like and what you could do.   

Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information.  Case study films show real people doing real jobs, giving you an insight into careers across all sectors and helping you to find the right career.   

A-Level and University Choices 

Making Connections 

This resource is designed to help students who are considering taking A level courses, or who are already studying them, to make the connections between: 

  • the skills they develop whilst studying A level courses and how they might be useful in work, 
  • the A level courses they are studying and the career areas to which these might relate, and 
  • the A level courses they are studying and the higher education courses to which these might relate. 

Twenty-one subjects are profiled from Art and Design, via English and Maths, through to Sport/PE.  There is a copy of the book in the Careers Library (N9b) or it can be viewed by clicking here.

Informed Choices 

This is a guide to making decisions about post-16 education and has been produced by the Russell Group of Universities (20 leading UK universities) because they think that it is really important for all young people – especially those whose parents didn’t go to university – to have clear information about how the subjects they choose to study in sixth form or at college can affect their options at university and their chances in life. 

The guide covers: 

  • post-16 qualifications and how they are organised 
  • pre-16 qualifications and university entry 
  • making your post-16 subject options 
  • subjects required for different degree courses 
  • how subject choice can affect your future career plans 
  • the five-point plan for making your post-16 choices