Copthall School aims to offer all students Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. We aim to help every student develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers so they are prepared for life in modern Britain.  Copthall School Careers policy can be found here.

Below is a brief detail on the careers programme we deliver in school.  We base our provision on the nationally recognised ‘Gatsby benchmarks’. As part of the careers programme, Copthall has a qualified Careers Adviser Mrs P Manuelpillai, to provide CEIAG for all students by appointment/drop in sessions during break and lunch.  Parents are also welcome to attend their daughters’ careers interview.  If you would like a careers appointment, please contact Mrs P Manuelpillai at school Monday – Wednesday or email her on

Careers Programme 

Year 7 - Self-awareness and Introduction to Careers

Through various activities such as assemblies, PSHE lessons and visits by employers and professionals, students are encouraged to become more self-aware of their skills, qualities and interests and how they relate to future careers.  Students begin to use the Startprofile.

Year 8 – Employability Skills and Making GCSE Option Choices

Students in Year 8 are encouraged to think more about their strengths, employability skills and GCSE subject option choices as GCSE subjects are chosen by the end of Year 8.  Students are supported through various activities such as STEM scholars, assemblies and drop in sessions linking careers to subject choices, professional visitors from various careers and employer visits.  Students continue to use the Startprofile 

Year 9 – Careers Exploration and Aspirations

Students are encouraged to explore various careers related to their GCSE subject choices.  Activities such as an assembly on understanding the local, regional and national job market and future job trends, STEM Scholar programme, assembly by professionals from various careers and visits to industries are included.  Students also continue to use Startprofile.

Year 10 – Employability and Transferable skills

Students in Year 10 focus more on continuing to build their employability skills, find out more about careers that interest them and post 16 pathways.  Oxbridge, Medicine, Apprenticeship and STEM careers sessions are run by higher education institutions, employers and professionals.  Students are also taken to further education institutes to learn about post 16 options and subject-careers related employer visits.

Year 11 – Post 16 option choices and decision making

All students receive one to one careers guidance interview with Mrs P Manuelpillai, careers adviser.  Each student then receives an electronic copy of the Action plan.  Year 11 students are encouraged to explore various post 16 options including Copthall Sixth Form, apprenticeships and further education and apply.  Careers guidance as well as assemblies, STEM related employer visits, Maths in Action conference, Mock Trial programme (related to History and Law), Oxbridge talks, STEM scholars and higher education sessions by universities support our students with their post 16 plans.

Sixth Form – Developing skills for post 18 pathways and decision making

Focus is on continuing to build employability skills through education, work experience, volunteering, employer visits, visits to universities, STEM Scholars programme, sessions on higher education and apprenticeships, extra-curricular activities and exploration of post 18 options.  Each Year 12 students has the opportunity to go on a week work experience in July.  In addition, students are visited by professionals from various careers to inform of career and apprenticeship opportunities, students also attend UCAS exhibitions and apprenticeship fairs in London.  Students will develop their knowledge about what they might like to do after sixth form and make informed choices about the full range of options open to them such as Higher, Degree Level Apprenticeships, Higher Education courses, Gap Year activities and Employment.

Useful Websites

Research is an important step in your career journey.  Start your career journey now by visiting the websites below and consider the following factors - skills required, training and qualification, job role, pay, progression routes and related jobs. 

Careers - take the skills health assessment to find suitable careers. - Explore careers according to subjects – take the Buzz test to find suitable careers for your personality type. – a free online careers platform for 11-18 year olds. – go to Careers Advice section. - explore career videos


Apprenticeships  for information about apprenticeships and find apprenticeships vacancies  – explore alternatives to Higher Education - explore apprenticeship vacancies – search for apprenticeship vacancies


Further Education  search for a further education course


Higher Education - Student finance  search for degree courses – university and college open days. –  for comparing UK HE course data. – represents UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research


The websites listed are given for information only and we do not accept directly or indirectly any responsibility for loss directly or indirectly from reliance on these sites. Given that the internet uses an open system, we cannot warrant that these sites and downloads are virus free.


Interested in a few different career areas and want to see how they compare side by side?

This tool from the LMI for All websites let you compare up to three jobs and look at how much they pay, what your day-to-day duties might be and whether there will be many job opportunities available in this career area in the future!


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