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Strangford College, Newtownards


Our Vision:  To ensure that every young person has the information, exposure and support to make the right choices, and to fulfil their potential.


Head of Careers – Mrs R Beattie; Assistant Head of Careers & UCAS co-ordinator – Mr A Coffey; DEL Careers Advisors - Kathy Dutton; Gillian Young

Curriculum Offer


Key Stage 3

A structured Careers education programme is provided in years 8 to 10 which meets the statutory requirements covering:-

  • Local and Global Economy
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Careers Management/career exploration

The programme is underpinned by a progressive Personal Career Planning process which provides structure to pupils learning and decision making supported by appropriate advice and guidance.

Key Stage 4

In addition to all of the above, opportunities will be made available for pupils to:

  • Access to individual interviews completed by DEL and support from Careers teachers and other agencies
  • Attend careers conventions e.g. NI Skills Exhibition
  • Attend talks from FE providers e.g. SERC, BMET, CAFRE, Rutledge, the forces
  • Year 12 participate in Post 16 option choice event/activities
  • Attend parent pupil information evenings
  • Attend group sessions for making GCSE choices
  • Access a week of work experience in June of year 11.

Key Stage 5

A structured Careers education programme is provided in years 13 and 14 which supports pupils in establishing and following a Personal Career Plan based on:

  • A recognition of their strengths, weaknesses, interests and values
  • Research of HE, FE, training and employment opportunities available to them using a range of sources role models, library, prospectus, careers notices, email and ICT
  • Further decision making including parental involvement
  • Further development of job search skills e.g. interview skills, CV etc.
  • Work experience
  • An understanding and use of FE and Higher Education application systems (eg. UCAS, CAO, SERC, BMET)
  • Awareness of student finance and money management


Extra-Curricular Visits and Trips

We offer a range of visits and trips throughout the key stages.  A sample of these is below:

  • University Roadshow
  • Northern Ireland Skills Exhibition
  • UCAS Convention
  • Trip to Ulster, Queens and Stranmillis open days
  • Visits from a range of universities to talk to students about course options.
  • Gap year talk and a range of talks from industry
  • Student Finance session
  • Year 12 Mock Assessment Centre
  • Young Enterprise workshops at KS3 and KS4



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