Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

A young person’s career is their pathway through learning and work. All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them make post-16 choices that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers throughout their lives.

At High Tunstall College of Science we aim to prepare our students with the essential knowledge, skills and attributes and make sure they make the most of changing opportunities in learning and work. It is vital that students make informed decisions about their and post 16 routes whilst becoming independent. At High Tunstall we provide careers education in Years 8 to 11 and give students access to information, advice and guidance that is relevant to all possible post-16 routes.

The college measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme by looking into figures from the Local Authority that outline the percentages of students who go on to further and higher education. Hartlepool overall have shown strong figures in the area, being the second lowest for NEET figures and 2nd lowest for the Not Known figures. Cumulatively this meant that Hartlepool were first overall. In comparison to other schools in the area, figures show that High Tunstall is doing very well.

Click here to find our Leavers 2020 Destination Data

Click here to see how HTCS compares to the 8 Gatsby Benchmark

Click here to view our Provider Access Policy

Mrs J Dixon is the Careers Lead at High Tunstall. Her role is to support and guide students’ career choices to ensure they make the most suitable choices for their post-16 goals. Mrs J Dixon can be contacted at the college on 01429 261446 or via email:

The information on this page will be reviewed 1st April 2022.

School Careers Programme

At High Tunstall we aim to enable our students to develop their personal skills to become effective and independent career planners who are able to make informed decisions in preparation and ‘readiness’, for moving onto the next steps into further and higher education, training and/or employment.

Career preparations are developed through sessions from Year 7 through to Year 11 on various topics covering:

  • Understanding yourself
  • Self-development
  • Career research and exploration
  • Career planning
  • Employability skills

At High Tunstall we:

  • Encourage students to develop an understanding of themselves and the influences on them
  • Instil, an ethos of self-determination and self-improvement as a learner
  • Teach students about the world of work and careers
  • Encourage students to make the most of careers information, advice and guidance
  • Develop basic employability skills with students – including: initiative, decision making, leadership etc.
  • Show students the application and selection process

Careers education and work-related learning is delivered through tutor time careers sessions/lessons/assemblies as well as events both in and out of college. Each year group from Year 7 to Year 11 has planned activities to help them develop their careers research, exploration and planning during their designated careers time.

Tutors/Teachers will discuss career aspirations with tutees/students as well as with their 1:1 meetings with their CEIAG Coach, Careers teaching staff, our Academic Coach, Mrs Dixon or members of the SLT or Year Leaders.

Key Stage 3

In year 7, 8 and 9 there is some dedicated time during PSHCE to develop ideas, information, skills and research into career pathways. Students will develop new skills to help them become workplace ready.  They will also work closely with the ESH Group, Job Centre Plus, local colleges and industries.  During these years, students will have an opportunity to carry out research into their chosen career paths using a range of online tools.  Students are also encouraged use the college’s careers library to explore their chosen career paths even further – this is situated in the ILH. KS3 students will also take part in the college’s careers fair, careers speed dating, and further events and activities.

Key Stage 4

Throughout Year 10 and 11, students will participate in a number of internal and external activities, assemblies and events to support their careers ideas and exploration. All students are offered a 1:1 careers guidance meeting with Miss Laing our Careers Coach. The meeting provides impartial information, advice and guidance for students. Students can also attend college taster days, employers fair, mock interviews to help them with their career choices. All Year 10 students will also receive fortnightly lessons on Careers, chronologically moving from …

  • Term 1 – Being Ready to understand themselves, key skills and lifelong learning
  • Term 2 – Being Respectful of our post-16 choices and pathways
  • Term 3 – Being Safe in the world of Work and Employability

For more information about our Careers Programme of study in Year 10 and how it develops on from our KS3 PSHCE Curriculum, please click here.

High Tunstall College of Science has an implemented CEIAG Policy and Provider Access Policy which we work to. These can be viewed here.

We work within the Careers Statutory Guidance Policy 2018 and the Gatsby Benchmarks. We are also hoping to achieve the Careers Quality Award by 2020. To view the Gatsby Benchmark Results for September 2020 click here.

HTCS Careers Plan

We annually audit our careers provision using the Careers and Enterprise Auditing Tool and work closely with them to develop and operate our careers programme.

High Tunstall is also an active member of FutureMe and North East Raising Aspirations Partnership.

We also have a  CEIAG Booklet  and a Post-16 Leaflet for more information for students.

Students are never too young to be considering their future plans and aspirations. Students who have clear personal goals as well as strong career ambitions are more likely to make progress in school, attain good exam results and secure an appropriate pathway to fulfilling their career ambitions.

Aspirations and career plans may develop and alter significantly between Year 7 and Year 11 however, having an ongoing dialog about possible Higher Education and career choices can improve motivation, enthusiasm, increase aspirations and develop a goal for a lot of students. It is important to take advantage of college and training providers who attend parents evenings, careers fairs and other career events we have in and outside of college.

What can I do as a parent?

It is extremely valuable to have conversations, as a parent, with students about their career plans. Even an informal chat is good however, if you’d like to give them some more useful advice or even want to find out about a particular career, college, university or industry yourself, the links HERE may be useful.

Careers Guide 2020/21

Parent Pack

Students often wonder what options are available to them once they have finished school. There are a wide number of options available and it will depend entirely on the student what will suit them. For some more information for school leavers click here.

There are many Careers websites out there that have a wealth of knowledge and advice.  Here’s some of our favourites: If you are looking for a career in a specific field then here’s a list of sites that maybe useful to you: Want to get straight into employment? Here’s a list of sites that many companies advertise with:

An entrepreneur is an individual person who starts and runs their own business instead of being an employee for another organisation.  Owning your own business and being your own boss can be liberating and rewarding.  The entrepreneur is commonly seen as an innovator, a source of new ideas, goods, services and business/or procedures.

Entrepreneurs play a key role in any economy as they are people who have the skills and initiative necessary to anticipate current and future needs; bringing new and refreshing ideas to the market. Successful entrepreneurs take on the risks of a starting up a new business and are rewarded with profits and continued growth opportunities in their business.

For a young person, there are lots of support services and grants available if you plan on starting your own business.

Note: If you are under 18 you will find it difficult to raise finance and will need to incorporate recognised training as part of your business.

Below are some useful links for those interested in starting their own business:

What is the difference between an Apprenticeship and a Traineeship?

An Apprenticeship is the combination of work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning.  A person will be employed to do a ‘real-job’ whilst working towards a qualification, usually for one day a week. A person can be employed as an apprentice for a number of years until they have  completed a number of different levels of their qualification. Apprentices are paid Apprentice National Minimun Wage as a minimum.




Traineeships are designed to help people who would like to move into an apprenticeship or a full-time job. Unlike apprentices, trainees will have limited experience – the traineeship aims to provide the trainees with skills and experience to progress further into an apprenticeship or a full-time job. Traineeships usually last anything up to 6 months and can often be unpaid placements (this is the employers decision).


Useful Websites

Hartlepool College of Further Education

  • Vocational courses (e.g. Hair and Beauty, Construction, Childcare etc.)
  • Apprenticeships
  • Centre of Excellence for Engineering
  • Construction Skills Academy
  • Sports Academies in Football, Basketball and Table Tennis

Hartlepool Sixth Form College

  • Part of Sunderland College
  • Majorly A-Levels however offers some vocational courses such as Health and Social Care, Sport, Graphics
  • Sports Academies for Football, Netball and Rugby

English Martyrs Sixth Form 

  • Mainly A-Levels in facilitating subjects areas


  • Military preparation programme

Proactive Training

  • Construction – brickwork and joinery

Catcote Academy

  • Specialist Sixth Form College

Out of Hartlepool Colleges/Training Organisations

East Durham College – Peterlee

  • Vocational courses
  • Sport Development centres for Basketball, Boxing, Dance, Football and Rugby
  • Construction Industry Technical Academy
  • Peter Jones Business Academy
  • Apprenticeships

East Durham College – Houghall

  • Animal and land-based courses

Stockton Riverside College

  • Vocational courses particularly specialising in Performing Arts and Aviation

SRC – Bede Sixth Form

  • Part of Stockton Riverside College
  • Bede offers A-Levels mostly
  • Some vocational courses (e.g. Media and Sport)

Middlesbrough College

  • Vocational courses including Fashion Retail
  • Apprenticeships
  • Sixth Form Centre for A-Levels
  • STEM Centre for Engineering and Science Courses
  • Sports Academies in Gymnastics, Volleyball, Football and Basketball

Northern School of Art

  • Various 1 & 2 year courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Art and Design, Creative and Media, Fashion and Clothing and Photography

TTE – Engineering College

  • Engineering courses and apprenticeships

NETA – Engineering College

  • Part of Middlesbrough College
  • Engineering Courses and Appprenticeships

Askham Bryan College

  • Animal and land-based courses

Local Market Intelligence and Information (LMI) can be used to determine what jobs are available and will be available in different sectors of work. LMI shows growth, demand and decline in these different sectors.

LMI includes reports, studies, statistics and more information on things such as: labour supply and demand, employment rates, the local economy, future labour trends, business growth and demand, information on jobs/sectors and information on skills/qualifications needed for different jobs.

Useful Links

Research shows that experiences with employers can help to prepare young people for their futures. There are many ways businesses can inspire young people by connecting them via work experiences and workplace opportunities.  Employers play an important role when it comes to providing real-life experiences for young people to learn more about the world of work. As a business you could:

  • Promote existing work experience opportunities for young people through Mrs Dixon
  • You could volunteer your time in a way that suits you to make a huge impact on young people in your area

Would you like to get involved ?

Become a Business Ambassador for your school and college to increase engagement with business. You could do this by volunteering for mock interviews, careers fair, mentoring, work experience, industry tours, careers talks etc.

Why volunteer? Becoming a business volunteer can help you:

  • Network
  • Promote your work to the community
  • Develop your skills
  • Vetts potential employees
  • Advertises your organisation and opportunities
  • Share your expertise

If you would like to become a business volunteer; please contact Mrs Janet Dixon

High Tunstall College of Science works with over 65 local organisations who support us to inform, educate and inspire our students in a variety of events such as work experience, employers fairs and industry events.