Careers (CEIAG)

Pupils benefit from receiving information and guidance about their futures, not only in the context of where they live, but nationally and globally. Pupils are given the opportunity to experience and consider life in a different context, for example through the school’s pupil exchange programme. (Ofsted ’17)

At Breckland School we give a high priority to careers education, information, advice and guidance (including opportunities for work-related learning).

Click here to read more about careers opportunities in Beyond Breckland, our fortnightly newsletter.

Our Main Careers Leader is Mrs Woods (email).

Our independent level 6 qualified careers adviser, Ellen Alexander, works with individuals in years 10 & 11 and small groups in years 8 & 9, to ensure that every student has the opportunity to engage with impartial advice and guidance on their future careers. If you would like to request a meeting with Ellen (parents and carers can attend as well), please make a request by clicking on this link – Email Ellen

This work is supplemented by a range of in-class career planning activities as part of our PSHE curriculum, collapsed careers and enterprise days and trips to careers events, workplaces and post-16 providers. We value the skills provided by work related learning and Year 10 have the opportunity for a week-long work experience placement in the summer term.

Click on the links below to find out more information:

Monitoring, Review and Evaluation
Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is reviewed and monitored termly against the 8 Gatsby benchmarks. We use the Compass+ tool to manage, track and report on our careers programme.
We evaluate the success of our CEIAG programme in the following ways:
  • Student feedback during mentor activities
  • Student surveys
  • Destinations Data
  • Lesson Observations
  • School Council

POST 16 Options:

Sixth form and sixth form colleges:

A-Levels and BTECS:

To study A Levels most schools or further education centres will need you to have at least five GCSE’s with grades 9 to 4 (A*-C in old grades), with English Language and maths with a minimum of grade 4. For many A Level subjects you will need to have a grade 6 or above at GCSE in the subject.

The courses offered at the sixth form or the further education setting will differ. They may specialise in certain subjects

You can also combine A Levels with a vocational qualifications, for example BTEC Level 3 qualifications. These also provide UCAS points like A-Levels.

Sixth forms:

Abbeygate Sixth Form

Address: Beetons Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3YU


Telephone: 01284 636501

Mildenhall College Academy                        

Address: MCA6 Sixth Form Centre Sheldrick Way, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7JX


Telephone: 01638 71464

Wymondham College

Address: Wymondham College, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9SZ


Telephone: 01953 609000

Hills Road Sixth Form College Cambridge  

Address: Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 8PE


Thetford Academy:

Address: The Thetford Academy, Croxton Road, IP24 1LH


Telephone: 01842 754875

Downham Market Academy Sixth Form:

Address: Downham Market Academy, Bexwell Road, Downham Market, PE38 9LL


Telephone: 01366 289100


Vocational qualifications can be completed at colleges. There are many different subjects with varying levels (entry level up to level 8). The courses usually provide specific job training. For example hairdressing or plumbing.

The College of West Anglia   

Email: Admissions and course enquiries:

Request a call back:

West Suffolk College      

Address: Out Risbygate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk , IP33 3RL


Telephone: 01284 701301

Cambridge Regional College                                                                                                      


Telephone: 01223 418200



Telephone: 01480 379100


Easton College      

Address: Easton College, Bawburgh Road, Norwich, NR9 5DX

Telephone: 01603 731200

Suffolk New College

Telephone: 01473 382200


What you need to know…

An apprenticeship puts you in the job, working towards a qualification relevant to this. During an apprenticeship you will be employed by the company with a salary. They are available for anyone 16 and over in England who are not in full time education. An apprenticeship trains you for specific role.

Apprentices earn national minimum wage, are entitled to paid holiday and bank holidays.

Research from the government shows that the majority of individuals who complete an apprenticeship stay in employment (85%).

The National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) provides information and tips on apprenticeships.

You will have on the job and off the job training. The on the job training will be with your employer, working alongside colleagues to develop skills. The off the jobs training is learnt away from the workplace. This often happens at a college and the training provider supports with this.

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T-Levels were launched in September 2020. They mix learning within the classroom with experience whilst on the job. T-levels are equivalent to 3 A Levels and are 2 year courses. There are only currently 3 T Levels available, with 7 more being available from September 2021. Further introductions will take place in 2022 or 2023.

Providers in the East of England:

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology

City College Norwich

Diss High School

Suffolk New College

The College of West Anglia

University Technical College Norfolk

West Suffolk College

Compulsory elements in the T Level Course:

  • A placement within the industry lasting a minimum of 315 hours.
  • The minimum pass grade in English and Maths if not achieved at GCSE.
  • A technical qualifications, combining both ‘core theory, concepts and skills for an industry are and specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career.’


September 2020

The first T Level courses start in these subject areas:

  • design, surveying and planning for construction
  • digital production, design and development
  • education and childcare

September 2021

T Level courses start in these subject areas:

  • building services engineering for construction
  • digital business services
  • digital support and services
  • health
  • healthcare science
  • onsite construction
  • science

September 2022

T Level courses start in these subject areas:

  • accounting
  • design and development for engineering and manufacturing
  • engineering, manufacturing, processing and control
  • finance
  • maintenance, installation and repair for engineering and manufacturing
  • management and administration

September 2023

T Level courses start in these subject areas:

  • animal care and management
  • agriculture, land management and production
  • catering
  • craft and design
  • hair, beauty and aesthetics
  • human resources
  • legal
  • media, broadcast and production


This can be used a preparation for an apprenticeship. The course includes experiencing a working environment. They range from 6 weeks to 1 year, with the majority being for less than 6 months. Unlike an apprenticeship, you do not get paid, but they may provide expense payments- travel and meals, for example.

If you have the skills and experience required to complete an apprenticeship, a traineeship may not be the right path.

Careers Page next review October 2022