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Careers Programme Information

Department Staff

Name Role
Miss J Usher Careers Lead
Mrs E Mills L6 Qualified Careers Advisor
Mrs D Thomas Careers & Outreach Assistant

Department Email:


The Maplesden Noakes School employ a Level 6 qualified Careers Advisor, Mrs Mills to help deliver free, independent and impartial careers advice to students whenever significant study or career choices are being made. Mrs Mills is supported by Mrs Thomas, Careers Assistant. Students can drop in to see them with any careers questions during break or lunchtime. They can also be contacted by parents and/or students via e-mail using the link above or called on the normal school telephone number. Please refer to the individual roles and responsibilities in order to maintain and deliver effective CEIAG throughout Maplesden Noakes.

In July 2017 Maplesden Noakes achieved the prestigious 'Investor in Careers' award - a national quality standard for careers excellence in schools. Investor in Careers is one of the highest accolades a school can receive in this area and is focused on improving opportunities awareness, raising aspirations and working to ensure that young people achieve their full potential. Please visit the website for more information.

Careers Statement of Intent

Careers Roles and Responsibilities

Careers Strategy Framework - Key Stage 3Careers Strategy Framework - Key Stage 4

Careers Strategy Framework - Key Stage 5

Careers Programme

Careers Policy and Provider Access Policy

Careers Resources for KS3 Students & Parents

Careers Levels of Education - Take the buzz test on to find out your personality animal type and the career areas that would suit you. Are you a dolphin or a teddy bear!? 

Apprenticeships - A Parent’s Guide

Careermag for Parents SBT2269CareermagforParentsIssue5v2FINAL.pdf

Sign in to your Unifrog account to access an extensive Career library, Know How guides and Careers resource links 

Labour Market Information - (LMI) is key when making decisions about your future career path. It includes facts, analysis and interpretation of data gathered about employment & workers, for example: average income and wages, employment and unemployment rates in your area, hours of work, which sectors are set to grow, qualifications required, gender balance and so on. - The National Careers Service website sets out job profiles and groups jobs by type and is useful to find out what the job is like and the qualifications you need. 


Post 16 Options

ttps:// Kent Choices: Here you will find information about Sixth Form and College courses in Kent, all important when researching your options in Year 11. You will also use this website to make your applications online, track their progress and accept offers. 

Guide to making applications on Kent Choices

Many of our students decide to stay on within sixth form.  To view the entry criteria and courses on offer at Maplesden Noakes, please click here - Want to find out about apprenticeships? Use the apprenticeship website to register for vacancies and look up information. For Post 16 apprenticeships, you would be looking to apply for a Level 2 apprenticeship.   

Want to know the difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship? Traineeships are unpaid work experience placements that last between 6 -10 weeks. They can help support you in functional skills, English and Maths and can be a stepping-stone to a Level 1 course at College. National Citizenship Service run programmes specifically for 16 and 17 year olds that want to sign up to experience a summer or autumn programme full of activities and projects aimed at enhancing skills and gaining confidence.   

Check out the '2021 Guide to Careers for School Leavers' published by Rate My Apprenticeship here,14EEA,7YGUS8,4BKYP,1

Here you can find the latest Careermap Magazine for Parents SBT2269CareermagforParentsIssue5v2FINAL.pdf

Year 10 Work Experience

WEX Guide for Parents & Students (2021 to be uploaded)  

Employer Work Experience Placement Form (2021 to be uploaded)  

Parent Work Experience Permission Form (2021 to be uploaded)  

Post 18 Options UCAS is the application tool used to apply for university.  Depending on the subject and the university applying to, students must submit their application by the relevant deadline as shown below:  

  • 15 October deadline: Those applying for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses and anyone applying to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge must submit their UCAS applications by 15 October – in the year before the student wishes to start their studies. 

  • 15 January deadline: The majority of applications must be submitted by 15 January (in the calendar year that the student wishes to begin their studies). 

  • 24 March deadline: Some art and design courses have a later application deadline – 24 March – to give them time to complete their portfolios. 

It is possible for students to submit applications up until 30 June each year; but a late submission may not be given the same consideration as those submitted before the deadline. Applications received after 30 June are placed directly into Clearing. 

You may want to think about studying Higher Education at a local college.  Colleges have a university campus or centre for Higher Education courses delivered at a Level 4 HNC (Higher National Certificate) or at a Level 5 HND (Higher National Diploma).  Colleges have generally lower fees than universities.  

Want to find out about Higher / Degree Apprenticeships? 

Students who wish to undertake an apprenticeship at the end of Year 13, would primarily be suited to Advanced (Level 3) or Higher/Degree opportunities (Levels 4-6). Entry requirements vary.  

Are you thinking about a Gap Year to enhance your skills and experience of different cultures, societies and self-reflection?

Take a look at some of the companies offering tailored trips and activities abroad and in the UK:  

Check out the '2021 Guide to Careers for School Leavers' published by Rate My Apprenticeship here,14EEA,7YGUS8,4BKYP,1

Click here to read the latest Careermap Magazine for parents  SBT2269CareermagforParentsIssue5v2FINAL.pdf

Student Destination Information - Years 11 & 13 2019/20

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