Careers @ The Academy Selsey

The Academy Selsey believe that through high quality provision of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance, we can prepare our pupils for the world of work and opportunities to build a career beyond year 11.

Across both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, students will be actively involved in a wide variety of activities and lessons focused on careers and the future. 

The Careers team at The Academy, Selsey is made up of:

  • Mr Mike Calton  (Progress leader KS4)
  • Mr Nick Brown (Deputy Headteacher)
  • Ms Chris Willshire (careers Coordinator)  

This section of our website is designed to support students, parents and businesses take the next step to support our community.

At the Academy Selsey, students have access to the independent careers advise using Elev8.  These opportunities are present to year 11s; through face to face guidance sessions whilst Years 8-10 have the opportunity to research chosen careers through assemblies, Careers Thursday and PSHE workshops. We also work with a range of external partnership agencies, including the NCOP, which aims to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in higher education by 2020,  and the Local Enterprise Partnership, through Coast2Capital.


Elev8          Coasttoacapital


How do I Make Decisions?





Training and Learning - Different Routes

16 – 19

Remember there are different routes you can take after Year 11.

  • You can continue to study academic courses at sixth form or further education colleges. We would suggest you look at A levels and BTEC courses.
  • You can choose more vocational courses (this means they are directly related to a type of work) such as a NVQ or diploma.

Open Evenings for local colleges are advertised on thePOST 16 section and on displays around the academy.

  • You can also do an apprenticeship in different types of work anything from the arts, education, and engineering to retail, leisure, IT and more. This means you are paid to study at a college or training provider while working with an employer to gain specific skills. Have a look at www.apprenticeships.org.uk  to find out more.
  • Have a look at this poster showing how apprenticeships work.


  • For careers that require university degrees check 
    You can check the A Levels, or equivalent, required for course entry. your choices at 16 will keep the options open to you.


Work and Voluntary Experience

For certain areas of work (such as medicine) experience in that field is essential. Work experience also helps:

  • You reality check – is it what you thought it would be? Is it right for you?
  • Provide evidence of your interest and motivation to demonstrate to universities and employees
  • A chance to meet potential employers and contacts (people that can help in your career)
  • You to learn new skills, gain knowledge and experience

Do it logo1  has lots of opportunities you can explore.

Speak to friends, family and local employers to see if they can help you gain experience. Remember all experience is worthwhile as it helps you learn more about what interests you. If you do enjoy your work or voluntary experience really think about what aspects you liked and equally if you didn’t consider what was it you didn’t like.

 The following websites will help inspire anyone feeling unexcited about their future and tell you more about working in lots of different areas as well as using different subjects. Think about the kinds of skills, knowledge and personalities suited to the different jobs you research and if they would suit you. Let’s get started….


This site allows you to check out apprenticeships, the latest news on University courses, information about the type of job you might be looking for and techniques to secure it!


The University of Sussex provides a comprehensive guide to different career, how to apply to courses and where to get experience.


Great site for finding out about jobs and careers you might never have thought of! There are a number of videos, quizzes and search sections to inspire you.

Talking jobs

Listen to people talk about their jobs and what inspires them

National careers service

The site also gives you the opportunity to go through a comprehensive ‘Skills Health Check’

National careers service

You can also chat to an advisor on 0800 100 900, 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week


My world of work allows you to search job profiles and well as matching your skills to job specifications. You need to register for this site but it is free!


Support students prepare for life in the 21st Century

Nationalservicecitizen To further support your CV and provide a wealth of opportunities open to you from the age of 15, check out the National Citizens Service
Coastal Advice and guidance to help you make informed decisions about careers based on the opportunities available in the local area, whilst also giving you the tools and inspiration to make these a reality



A fantastic site providing guidance on job, qualifications and support as your child takes the next step


Barclays have signposted life skills activities specifically for parents.


A comprehensive support site for students thinking about University.


Following a similar format to the students’ site but specifically designed to support parents through the conversations about the future.

Please click here for post 16 opportunities.


The Academy Selsey is proud of its annual Careers Fair, held in November.

If you would like to support the event, please click here

Barclayslifeskills Barclays offers a comprehensive guide to support schools