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Careers Information and Guidance

Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance is a vital part of the education of our pupils here at Liverpool College. It fills a large strand within our LC+ Curriculum. We are committed to delivering a full Careers Programme to fulfil the 2018 Government’s Careers Strategy and we work towards fulfilling all the criteria within the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers Development Institute Framework for Careers, Employer and Enterprise Education. We work in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and aim to achieve the Careers Quality Standard Award in September 2018.

Liverpool College Careers Education, Information and Guidance Policy
Liverpool College Providers Access Policy

Careers’ Staff at College

Mrs H Cassidy (Vice Principal, Careers Lead) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mrs S Doran (STEM Coordinator and Careers, Wilton Scholars) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms E Jones (Careers Advisor) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mrs K Wyke (Careers Enterprise Company) Network Advisor

Mr D Axon (Tookie) Employer Advisor

The Delivery of Careers Education and Guidance

NSI and Careers

The main vehicle for the delivery of our programme is through our NSI and Careers lessons, which take place on a fortnightly basis.  

Click on the links below see the schedule of work for Year 7-13:

Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

Employer Masterclasses

Our pupils experience many meaningful Employer encounters. A wide variety of Employers are invited to deliver Masterclasses or workshops. Interested pupils are invited to attend these sessions. Pupils are identified from the results of a pupil survey which highlights their areas of interest.

MORRISBY ONLINE and Individual Careers Interviews

Liverpool College has invested in Morrisby online as we feel the site provides sophisticated testing and profiles to initiate thinking and to form a basis for conversation during individual careers interviews provided by the College.

The Morrisby Organisation also offers additional careers interviews (at a cost) for those parents who feel that would like their children to have additional careers guidance. For further information please contact Mrs H Cassidy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. These additional Interviews will be provided free of charge for our Pupil Premium pupils.

Morrisby Online also provides detailed Labour Market Information (LMI) and an area where pupils can record their progress in school, activities, skills and qualities, volunteering and work experience.


Our pupils experience a vast range of activities and competitions. Click here to view Careers and STEM LC+ overview to see the full range of activities offered.

Activities Programme

Our Activities sessions, that take place on Tuesday and Thursday, provide an excellent opportunity for yet more careers education. Click here for an overview of our Activity Programme. Careers and STEM are highlighted in blue and coded CS.

Special Events

These include a Careers Fair (Year 7-13), Mock Interviews (Year 11), Alternative Providers Event (Year 9) UCAS Fair (Year 12), International University Fair (Year 12) and University Day Visit.

Wilton Scholars

A wide variety of Career related activities are undertaken by our Gifted and Talented pupils. Click here to view the Wilton Scholars Programme.

Work Experience

Year 12 pupils carry out a block of 8 days work experience at a work placement of their choice.


Pupils experience a range of visits throughout the year to various places of employment including Land Rover Jaguar.


We include Career Education, Information and Guidance, within our lessons, linking subject learning to the world of work.

Careers Information and Guidance for Pupils

Entitlement statement:

It is the policy of this College that all pupils should be given the opportunity to:

  • Know and understand themselves better and develop their capabilities

  • Investigate education, training and career opportunities

  • Implement their career plans by making informed choices, in a supportive atmosphere, about their own continuing education and training.

Click here to view what each year group should expect within the Careers Education, Information and Guidance Programme.

In Year 7-13 all pupils are expected to use Morrisby Online ( to carry out psychometric testing, option testing and LMI research. In addition pupils should use the Log in facility to record skills and qualities, progress and targets, activities undertaken and volunteering and work experience.

The main two websites that are very useful to our pupils are:

Morrisby Online

Success at Schools.  

Careers Information and Employers

We are very grateful to our Network Advisors from the Career and Enterprise Company and our link Employer from Tookie.

We are also indebted to our Employers who deliver our Masterclasses.

If you are interested in visiting the college and providing Education, Information and Guidance to our pupils please contact Mrs S Doran This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other Useful Websites

Careers and Higher Education Advice

20 Top Jobs of the Future

A Level Reform

An Introduction to Postgraduate Study

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Apprenticeships And Traineeships

Attending Successful Interview

Choosing your A level Subjects

Choosing a Degree Subject

Choosing a University

Clearing for the Confused Parents start here

Degree Courses: Academic v. Vocational
Eight ways to combine a degree with work experience

Financial Support for Higher Education

Getting Help with Careers

Help for Parents of Children with Special Needs or Disabilities

Higher Apprenticeships and School Leaver Programmes

How to Complete (Job) Appilcation Forms

How to Write an Effective UCAS Personal Statement

Internships - The Route to a Graduate Job?

Interviews for a Place in Higher Education

Making Subject Choices at Age 13/14

Ofsted Inspection of Careers Advice in Schools

Options at 16

Options at 18

Raising The Participation Age


Special Needs at University

Sponsorship for Study

Stress: Help Your Son or Daughter Cope

Study Abroad

Taking a Gap Year

The Benefits of a Careers Interview

The Importance of Work Experience

The UCAS Tariff Explained

Top Websites - Careers Information

University Applications: Everything A Parent Needs To Know.

Volunteering Something to Tantalise Every Teenager

Where to Look for Job Vacancies

What Will The Future Job Market Be LIke?

What to Expect from a Further Education College?

Who needs a CV?

CV - school leavers template  

Who offers Apprenticeships?

Young People Facing Unemployment

Job Centre

Target Careers

Career Connect

Careers Box

I Could

Information and advice on health and relationships

Health advice

Consumer advice

Protection against extremism

Department for Education Website

Compare Schools Performance Tables

Local Authority Website

Liverpool Directgov

Parents Sites

Further Education

The City of Liverpool College

Hugh Baird College

Local Universities

Liverpool University

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool Hope

Edge Hill

Not going to Uni

Greater Merseyside Learning Partners

Labour Market Information

Jobs for Tomorrow

Liverpool Enterprise Partnership

Adzuna (Job Search)


Careers Information and Guidance for Parents

The National Careers Service

The National Careers Service is available for anyone aged 13+ providing advice and information on a range of topics including careers, education, employment and training/apprenticeships.

National Careers Service free helpline – 0800 100 900 - is open from 8am to 10pm every day and you are more than welcome to get in touch with our trained advisers, to ask any questions you may have about your child’s education or career opportunities.

The National Careers website has a range of contact channels which are accessible to all; they offer a free online chat with an adviser, you can send  an email, text or arrange a call-back and they also have minicom (for customers who are deaf or have hearing difficulties).

Your child can complete a free Skills Health Check test through our website which will suggest specific job sectors they may be suited to, based on their skills and strengths.

They can also research their career ideas using our popular job profile.

Parental Guidance

Parental Guidance is another useful website written by members of the Careers Writers Association. The Association consists of highly experienced careers writers of articles, books and web-based materials for the 14-25 age group. Many are also experienced and qualified careers advisers who have worked in schools, colleges and universities in the UK as well as overseas.  Do visit the Find a careers writer pages for more details including special writing interests, and the wide range organisations who have commissioned our work.

General Advice

The most important thing you can offer is the knowledge of where to find the right information, so you can do the research into their options together.

  • To begin with, it’s important your child knows what are their strengths, their skills and abilities. You will undoubtedly know what they are good at but it’s difficult to recognise your own skills and strengths. You can use the Skills Health Check test on the National Careers website to help your child become more aware of their strengths, weakness and career sectors they may be suited to.

  • The Skills Health Check is a great starting point and can help your child with researching specific career sectors and understanding more about themselves as an individual. It’s important to remember that any careers related test you take is purely meant as a guide.

  • The career choices which the test may offer up can be researched further on the ‘Job Profile’ pages. The National Careers Service have over 800 different types of career options, from gardener to graphic designer and everything in between! Each one explains which skills and qualifications you need to get into that job. You can also read about what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and what the career prospects might be.

One of the most popular search methods for the Job profiles is through the ‘Job Families’ list. This groups similar jobs into one area so you can browse all the different jobs within this field. For example, if your child knows they want to work with animals but isn’t sure what jobs are available, you can look through the profiles for a vet, a kennel worker, a Police dog handler, a farm worker or even a beekeeper!

Benefits of Parental Involvement

Children have better self-esteem, are more self-disciplined, and show higher aspirations and motivation toward school. Children tend to achieve more, regardless of ethnic or racial background, socioeconomic status, or parents' education level. Children generally achieve better grades, test scores, and have better attendance. Research indicates that when students feel supported and loved by their parents, they have more confidence in their own ability to research careers and to choose a career that would be interesting and exciting.

Choices after GCSEs

The choices, which your child makes after completing their GCSEs, are dependent on a number of different factors including their own ambitions, the opportunities offered locally (see Local Labour Market Information link below) and the grades they have achieved.

These choices will really allow your child to tailor their own education and study towards subjects they feel passionate about and allow them to gain the knowledge and experience needed to progress onto their desired career path.

When thinking about steps after compulsory education, it’s important to keep in mind that there is no one size fits all style of education and that everyone learns in different ways. There is no right or wrong or better or worse but with the raising of the participation age coming into effect, this now means your child needs to stay in some form of education or training until their 18th birthday.

Education until their 18th birthday isn’t quite what it sounds; in-fact school leavers have a range of choices:

  1. 1. To stay in full time education working towards, A-levels, BTEC, NVQ or an alternative level 1/2/3 qualification at a local college or sixth form.

  2. 2. An apprenticeship.

  3. 3. A traineeship with the idea of progressing onto an apprenticeship or education.

  4. 4. Employment or Volunteering of 20 hours a week whilst working towards an accredited qualification part time with the study hours adding up to 280 guided learning hours over the course of a year.


Apprenticeships - a parents' guide

NCS Parents Guide - Apprenticeships

NCS Parents Guide - University and Finances

Labour Market Information - Liverpool, Cumbria and Lancashire.pdf