Careers Information

Careers at St Dunstan's:

'Information on changes being made to admissions by Bridgwater and Strode Colleges, as a result of Covid-19, can be found at the end of this document.'

Careers guidance is of significant importance for young people today; the landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations. The raising of the age for participating in learning means that young people face a wider range of choices of courses and places to study. Qualifications such as GCSE and A level have changed, and opportunities in higher education extend now beyond the UK to other parts of Europe and further afield. Students need help to make choices and manage transitions: they need good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.

St Dunstan’s School aims to promote a culture of high aspiration and high expectation. Careers Education is recognised as playing an important role in motivating our pupils, promoting equality of opportunity and maximising their academic and personal achievements. We are committed to providing a planned programme of Careers Education through PSHE lessons, planned tutor time activities as well as assemblies, work experience placements and relevant trips and visits to help prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of adulthood.

Careers education does not just mean informing students about their options after school but also how their school career will affect their futures. It is our statutory duty to ensure that all pupils receive independent, impartial advice and guidance regarding all options within school as well as  how they will affect their options after school and which careers pathways will become available to them. Beginning Careers Education early means that students can make better informed decisions at transition stages and are more motivated in school in order to follow a particular pathway. By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for life after school whichever path they choose.

Careers Policy


Student Entitlement Statements:

  • Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills and develop confidence and have high expectations of themselves.

  • Students are introduced to careers resources and informed how to use them.

  • Students are introduced to the world of work and how it is constantly changing.

  • What is important in a career? Students are encouraged to investigate different jobs and careers, what they mean in terms of lifestyle, budgeting and a good work/life balance as well as developing economic awareness.

  • Students are encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles.

  • Students are encouraged to think about the kind of behavior potential employers look for.

  • All Year 11 students have a 1-2-1 careers interview with our independent careers advisor.

  • KS3 and Year 10 students can request a 1-2-1 careers interview to help further explore their options during school and beyond.

  • Students should use careers interviews to help understand different career pathways and entry requirements, agree personal action plans with the careers adviser for the future and identify what specific action is required to achieve their goals.

  • Students are helped with post 16 choices and encouraged to consider all their options including further study in college/ 6th form and apprenticeships. Interview techniques are developed.

  • Specific mock interviews for those with a particular career path in mind are also available.

  • Students are encouraged to attend careers talks, fairs, college open days and taster days.

  • Students are assisted with CV writing and encouraged to have completed a CV and cover letter.

  • Students are kept up to date with post 16 deadlines.



The careers page on the main school  website highlights key events from the careers programme, dates for key events including college open evenings and the work experience database link. Here you can also find links to external websites that offer advice and guidance relevant to post-16 and careers choices.

The Careers section in the main school Library develops students' independent learning skills and all Year 11 students will be encouraged to schedule time devoted to their own career exploration activities. The Library is open to students every day and the  Careers section contains general and specific information about different types of occupations as well as an extensive collection of prospectuses for further and higher education. 

The Student Noticeboard is kept up to date signposting to post-16 options, apprenticeship vacancies and many other opportunities. There are dedicated college boards in the dining hall next to a range of literature including prospectuses and careers advice booklets.

Further resources are available from our independent careers advisor who will meet with all Year 11 students, as well as other students at key transition points (Yr 9 options for example) and parents/carers if requested. Mrs McKinley will be available during Yr9, 10 and 11 Parents' Evenings to provide advice or support to parents/carers and students. She can be contacted by email 



St Dunstan's aims to provide a broad range of information and updates to students, parents, providers and the community throughout the year. The updates will help to provide information about the careers education, information, advice and guidance provided. A parent, staff and student questionnaire will be completed annually beginning in the summer term of 2020 the results of which will be used to inform updates to careers provision for the following academic year. Engagement from parents/carers and employers is welcome, if you are able to support our Careers programme in any way please contact us.


Key Contacts:

Careers Lead – Mr P Jones

Independent Careers Advisor – Mrs J McKinley

Work Experience Coordinator – Mr Paul Jones


SLT Careers Link – Mr C Oakwood

Careers Governor – Mr P Turner


Enterprise Co-ordinator - Lisa Tomkins -


Enterprise Adviser - Charlotte Hargreaves of Engie Construction.


Jobcentre Plus Support Adviser - Gill Buratta



10 Ways to Achieve Careers Education at Home Click here

Parents Resources for Careers Click here

Youth Employment Help Click here

Step into Strode - Information for Yr11 students Click here


For further information regarding Government requirements for Careers advice and guidance in school please see below:
For information regarding apprenticeships you can visit  Which is packed with useful tips and articles.
Please find the May edition of the Parents' Pack from Amazing Apprenticeships here. Covering advice on the Covid-19 situation, CVs, key skills for employers and much more.
Strode College Website Click here
Bridgwater College Website Click here
Bridgwater campus  Click here 
Cannington Click here
Yeovil College Website Click here
Open Evenings
Strode College will be holding their first of their Open Evenings on THURSDAY 22nd October 2020 . It will be a  LIVE event by PRE-BOOKING ONLY.
There will be live campus tours that are limited to 2 PEOPLE per family (e.g. 1 parent and student) and students can choose ONE 45-minute Guided Faculty tour from either A Levels, T Level/Vocational or Apprenticeships.  
For everyone's comfort and safety, and to maintain a socially distanced system, groups will be taken on a designated route to find out about courses, our facilities, the campus and briefly meet staff to ask questions.  There will be a waiting list to register interest once all slots have been taken. 
As places are very limited, and can be booked online.  
using  the online link . Alternatively contact the college directly.
In addition Taunton and Bridgwater College ( including Cannington College ) are holding  virtual Open Evening events on Tuesday 13th October and Wednesday 18th November between 6-8pm. Please pre-register directly with the College.
Click here to find out why Strode College is consistently one of the best colleges nationally and how you can apply to join us next September.
Our video gives a great insight to all that's on offer for FE students at Strode College - the fantastic facilities and campus that await them, top-class teaching from tutors that are passionate about their subjects, the support that helps individuals meet and exceed their potential, and all that come together to make learning here both rewarding and fun.
Our results are 'Outstanding' and, wherever each student may start their journey with us, we inspire all to maximise their potential.  
What sector would I like to work in? (explore Career Pathways in specific sectors)
Where can these courses take me as a career? (explore Career Pathways on each subject)
Strode College Application Timeline (as attached)


Bridgwater College: 

Bridgwater & Taunton College are running Virtual Taster Sessions for T Levels throughout January and the start of February, these are interactive sessions where Year 10 & 11 pupils can find out what it's like to study with us. There are four sessions available for each of the following subjects:


·         Health & Science

·         Digital & IT

·         Education & Childcare


Students can attend all four sessions or just pick specific ones that interest them.   Registration is essential for these events, for more details or to register click here:


Here is a list of the sessions available:


Health Care & Science

Session 1
Tuesday 5 Jan, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Infection control
Look at microbiological organisms bacteria, viruses, parasites and the body’s defence mechanism.


Session 2

Tuesday 12 Jan, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Physiological measurements

Explore why we take physiological measurements and how to take them. Learn on how to take blood pressure through the manual technique.


Session 3

Tuesday 26 Jan, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Communication and confidentiality

Discover why communication is important and the different methods that can be used. Look at how to sign the alphabet and spell your name.


Session 4

Tuesday 2 Feb, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Health Provision

Look at the functions of national and local health provision. Look at the factors that can influence delivery.




Digital & IT

Session 1
Tuesday 5 Jan, 4.30pm - 5.30pm 

Website Development

An introduction into website development, exploring how HTML and CSS are used to create online content.


Session 2

Tuesday 12 Jan, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Python Programming

Developing simple applications using python programming


Session 3

Tuesday 26 Jan, 4.30pm - 5.30pm


Explore contemporary networking architecture and software components


Session 4

Tuesday 2 Feb, 4.30pm - 5.30pm


Using Python programming to manipulate and plot data for statistical analysis.



Education & Childcare

Session 1
Tuesday 5 Jan, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

An introduction to child development
During this session you’ll explore child development including the different areas of development and age-appropriate/normative development from 0-19 years. We’ll begin to think about the impact of development on learning and behaviour.


Session 2
Tuesday 12 Jan, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

An introduction to child psychology and educational theories
This week we’ll explore key views on child psychology and why we study this and educational theories when training and working within Education & Childcare.


Session 3
Tuesday 26 Jan, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

The impact of Growth Mindset theory on Education & Childcare 
Explore Carol Dweck’s theory of Growth Mindset in more detail including the impact that it has for us within education and childcare, and how we can support this in settings.


Session 4
Tuesday 2 Feb, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Exploring Jerome Bruner
In this session, we’ll focus in on Jerome Bruner and his educational theories. We’ll discuss how these have, and continue to, impact on us as educators and practitioners including links to practice.



Cannington campus:


Taunton campus  Open Days


Frome College

For careers information for Frome College please click here



Bridgwater & Cannington campuses


Taunton campus


COVID-19 College Statements:

Strode College:

If you are stuck at home and worried about your future options please get in touch with the Admissions team at Strode,

We have a wide selection of courses available including A Levels, vocational courses, the new T Levels and apprenticeships. We can help and advise you on all your future study and careers options.

Our team is still working, and once we have received your application (post or online) we will email confirmation that we have received it and will then arrange an informal telephone interview. After your interview we will send you a conditional offer. In the summer we will send out an enrolment pack with details of starting college, and we will ensure that you have plenty of time to discuss with our staff all of your options to ensure you are on the right course and are happy.

We look forward to welcoming you in September and supporting you to reach your potential.

Please get in touch if you have any queries.



Bridgwater College:

Following the government's update on the evening of 18 March, scheduled GSCE exams for May and June will not be going ahead as planned. Therefore, those people who already have a conditional offer will have their offer updated to unconditional.


For those who are due to be interviewed, please don’t worry, our teams will contact you by phone for a conversation about the course and your predicated grades. You will be offered a place at the College for September.


We are looking forward to the College returning to normal and seeing you in September. If you have an offer, please take a look at our enrichment pages and sign up for one of our academies due to start in September as usual. In the meantime, we will continue to keep you updated. Rest assured, you will have a place at College and we are already planning how we will ensure the start of term is as smooth as possibl


Career Websites

For useful career websites please click on the following links:

Career Pilot   Careers in Sport   Careers Box   CITB
Future Morph   Health Careers   I Could   National Careers Service
Not going to Uni   Amazing Apprenticeships   Prospects   Russell Group
Tomorrow's Engineers   UCAS   Apprenticeships   Work Experience Placements
Target Careers   Tasty Careers   Start Careers   GO Construct

College Open Days