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Risedale Sports and Community College aims to provide all students with a comprehensive CEIAG programme, using the Careers Development Institute framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, in line with Department of Education guidelines. We have a dedicated Careers Leader, Helen Porritt (full-time), and a visiting Independent Careers Adviser from Shine (one day per week); situated within our dedicated Careers Office, available to see students and discuss future pathways. The school is currently working towards an Investor in Careers award.

Helen PorrittCareers Contact Details:

Careers Leader Helen Porritt: Tel: (01748) 833501 Ext. 286 | Email:

Careers News: Risedale achieves award for outstanding careers work

Risedale has been awarded the national Quality in Careers Standard by Prospects. The national Quality in Careers Standard is awarded to schools and education providers who can demonstrate the importance they place on careers and how they support students to make decisions about their life after school.

Michele Squire, Careers Education Strategic Manager at Prospects said: "Risedale is amongst the first few institutions to get through the rigorous process of the new national standards that came into force in September with Prospects. It is a real achievement to go through this accreditation process, and I know how much hard work Helen Porritt put in, so many congratulations."

Click here to find out more about the national Quality in Careers Standard by Prospects.

Student Entitlement to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG):

Careers education gives students the skills, knowledge and understanding to manage their own lifelong learning and career development. Through CEIAG, students will be able to feel more positive about themselves, improve their motivation, raise their aspirations and take responsibility for their career plans.

What can you expect from CEIAG at Risedale:

  • 1 to 1 impartial, confidential Careers Guidance.
  • Guidance and support to help students identify their career goals, ensuring that advice and guidance is impartial and in the students best interests.
  • Guaranteed access to information about all the options/pathways open to students Post 16.
  • Guidance and support for the College / FE application process.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to learn skills and knowledge that they will need to secure training/employment after leaving school.
  • Promote and practice equal opportunities for all students regardless of gender, ethnic origin, disability or special educational needs.
  • Guarantee student's access to CEIAG which is up to date including Labour Market Information.
  • Contact or inform Parents/Carers with any relevant information.

Click here to view our CEIAG Policy and Mission Statement at Risedale:

What do we expect from students at Risedale?:

  • Students need to be realistic in considering the range of options available and making choices about them.
  • Students need to be active in helping themselves as well as expecting Risedale to help them.
  • Students need to be prepared to learn and stretch themselves in order to reach their potential.
  • Students need to keep on target with their learning levels and grades.
  • Students need to respect deadlines – they have been put in place for a reason.
  • From September 2016, all students will have been registered onto Careers Menu to support a programme of tutorials throughout this academic year.  Careers Menu is also available for parents to access and use. Please click on the link.
  • Key stage 3 students will be covering aspects of self-awareness, self-motivation and decision making skills to support their Option choices made in Year 9, linking through to Key Stage 4.
  • During Key Stage 4, students are advised to research options for further education and life Post 16, in order to make informed decisions on where to study or work in the future. This could be in a Further Education College, a Sixth Form College/School, completing an apprenticeship or starting work.

Remember you need to consider the entry requirements for all your option choices post 16.....

You need to think about:

  • What interests you and what you are good at?
  • What skills and qualities do you have and consider all careers and where these would be useful?
  • Do you need certain qualifications for the career you are interested in?

You need to do the following:

  • Read the college prospectus carefully: note the questions you want answered.
  • Visit the college/s and Sixth Forms if possible and attend their Open Evenings if possible.
  • Be realistic about your choices based on predicted GCSE results.
  • Talk to tutors and students to get a balanced view.
  • Compare courses and colleges using the above criteria.
  • It is advisable to put in applications during the Autumn Term, allowing time to concentrate on your GCSE work.
  • You can apply for more than one college and training place – this does not commit you but keeps your options open.

A Levels:

Most Sixth Forms or Colleges will expect a certain number of good GCSEs before taking A levels; usually five to six GCSEs at grades 9-4. This indicates that students can cope with a higher level of study. Some subjects such as English, Maths and Science will require you to have a minimum of a grade 5 and above. A levels are now a two year academic study programme. Students can select up to four subjects to study (a minimum of three). It is important that you fully research the content of A levels subjects, especially ones you have not studied before. A levels are a lot harder and more demanding than GCSEs so it is important that you chose subjects that you enjoy and are good at. Try to attend the college open evenings and find out about the subjects/courses, this can help give you a clearer picture of what is required.

The most popular Colleges and Sixth Forms that previous Risedale students have gone to study A levels are Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form or QE as it is known, Richmond Sixth Form and Wensleydale Sixth Form. It is recommended that Year 11 students attend the bridging week (usually held in June after the GCSEs). This will give students an opportunity to experience lessons in the subjects they have chosen to study at A level and support their decision on their choices. Any amendments can then be organised before the September start.

Vocational Courses:

Subjects can include mechanics, engineering, hairdressing, beauty therapy, construction and ICT. These courses are non-examination and assessed by coursework and perhaps work placement. Courses are offered at Darlington College, Askham Bryan College, Harrogate College and York College. Please check individual college website or prospectus for courses and entry level requirements.

Vocational means work related, and requires different entry requirements i.e.

Introductory Diploma/Certificate:

  • No qualifications are needed for entry to this course. The course is equivalent to GCSE's at grade 3.

First Diploma/Certificate:

  • Some GCSEs at grades 2-3 or a pass at introductory level usually needed for entry.
  • The course is equivalent to GCSE's at grades 5-9.

National Diploma/Certificate:

Four to five GCSEs at grades 4-9 or a pass at First level needed for entry.

The National is made up of:

  • 6-unit National Award, equivalent to one A level
  • 12-unit National Certificate, equivalent to two A levels
  • 18-unit National Diploma, equivalent to three A levels


Apprenticeships are work-based programmes that focus on the skills and knowledge needed to do a certain job. They are available in a range of vocational areas and are sometimes referred to as "Work-Based Learning". You will study for qualifications whilst in the workplace and be assessed carrying out work. The most common qualifications are called National Vocational Qualifications or NVQ. You will earn a minimum of £80 per week but you will need to find an employer in the vocational area you are interested in to take you on as an apprentice. Most employers will be looking for GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade 4 or above. Year 11's are supported with "Job Shop" sessions helping them to complete application forms and applying for a training provider.

What to do if your GCSE results are not what you expected:

Shine Careers Advisers have put together a set of tips to help you work out what to do now. DO NOT PANIC. You are not the only person who has to reconsider their options. The government has made a promise that there is a study or training place for you. Click here for more information. 

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