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Expert careers guidance is a core pillar at Hinckley Academy, allowing our students to raise their aspirations and be supported to explore destinations they had never even considered before. Our most important aim is to support, guide and advise students in order to make them confident, independent and able to make well-informed, realistic careers decisions. Our careers programme ensures students leave us prepared for the world of work, higher education or apprenticeships.

We strive to inspire and motivate our students in all year groups in order to fulfil their potential. The academy adheres to the Careers Strategy and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks in order to help every student develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers, this is done whilst reflecting Hinckley Academy’s ethos of ‘Learners First, It’s About Learning, No Barriers’.

Providing Outstanding Careers Guidance for All Students 

Hinckley Academy provides a safe and secure environment where all students can flourish, where everyone is treated in a fair and consistent manner and all careers related information will be open to all students irrespective of age and sex, to ensure equal opportunities for all.

Click here to explore the KS3 Careers Journey...

Year Group Topic Students will learn...

Developing skills and aspirations

  • How to develop student leadership skills

Community and careers

  • How to work collaboratively and communicate confidently
  • How to set goals
  • How to plan to achieve targets
  • What career opportunities are available


  • About equality of opportunity in life and work and
    challenging stereotypes in the work place

What shall I be?

  • What different career paths there are
  • What sort of qualifications do you need to access different careers

Choices and pathways

  • About different career pathways in relation to GCSEs and further qualifications
  • Setting targets and planning how to reach them

Employment rights and responsibilities

  • About young peoples’ employment rights and responsibilities
  • Employability skills
  • How to act upon and give constructive feedback

Setting goals and for success

  • How to recognise strengths and areas of development as you begin your GCSEs
  • How to confidently ask for support when you need it
  • Set targets for success


Click here to explore the KS4 Careers Journey...

Year Group Topic Students will learn...
10 Preparation for work experience
  • How to prepare for the world of work
10 Global world of work
  • About the range of employment opportunities there are
  • About the need to challenge stereotypes about particular pathways
  • About the information and guidance available for next steps
  • About local, national and global opportunities for work
  • About employment sectors and types and changing patterns of employment
10 My CV
  • How to recognise strengths and areas of development
  • How to effectively communicate your successes
11 Further education and work
  • How to use feedback constructively when planning for the future
  • How to achieve targets
  • Effective revision techniques and strategies
  • About options post 16 and pathways
  • About application processes
  • How to manage on line presence and maximize employability
  • How to manage work/life balance
11 Professional conduct in the workplace
  • How to develop moral values and self-efficacy, including motivation, perseverance and resilience
  • How to present yourself positively and maintain a healthy self- concept
  • How to be assertive


Click here to explore the KS5 Careers Journey...

Year Group Topic Students will learn...

Making informed decisions about your future

  • What next? The main routes after Y13
  • Application skills – CVs, applications and interviews
  • Work experience – tasters, visits, shadowing
  • Futures Fair alongside Y12 Parents’ Evening – Universities and Apprenticeship providers
  • UCAS Fair trip for Y12
  • ‘Assessing your skills’ self-review and targets with tutors
13 Making next step plans
  • Choosing your course
  • Writing a personal statement
  • Writing an effective CV
  • Student loans
  • Sourcing additional finance
  • Making final UCAS choices
  • Supporting ongoing applications and decisions
  • Positive relationships – in and out of the workplace


For additional information and support please contact our Careers Advisor directly:
Mrs H Thompson, Careers Advisor -