Careers Information Advice and Guidance

Careers education and guidance programs make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
All students in Years 7 to 13 are entitled to information and guidance to enable them to make decisions and plans, so they may pursue relevant and realistic goals for education, training and work.  At STS a planned progressive programme of activities supports our students in choosing pathways that suit their interests and abilities and helps them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.

Post 16 application information for Year 11s

The information below gives you a timeline for applying to schools, colleges and apprenticeships.  

  • 7th November students receive a letter from KCC giving them their username and password to login to the online application system.  They can do this at home or in one of the dedicated sessions organized at school
  • 7th November – 29th November. Each student will have a lesson where they will be able to log on to the system and see how it works. They will create their online profile which is then used at a later date to apply for 6th form, college and apprenticeship placements. Regardless of where and what students are going to do after Year 11 this is the method by which they apply. Any student who completes a paper based application at another institution will still need to apply online.
  • Students should look at the websites of schools and colleges to see when their information evenings are. Ours is on the 16th November, where we will also be on hand to advise students and parents on the broader application process.
  • In January there will be a second round of dedicated lessons where students can do any additional research and apply for courses. Institutions will want to know predicted GCSE results and the mock exams will be the basis for this.
  • All year 11s will have an opportunity to meet with the careers advisor during the year. There are plenty of tools on the Careers page of the school website to help students with their own independent research. Students can e-mail if they have any particular concerns they wish to discuss with the careers advisor.
  • Interviews and more open events take place in Jan to March. Students should again be checking the websites of institutions they are interested in applying to.The Kent Choices website has a list of these too. There will be a mock interview event for students around this time to prepare students.  We are trying to organise an apprenticeship event for February / March. Any student who is interested in an apprenticeship should have applied for an appropriate college course by this time.
  • In March students have to go back online to check their applications and to order them in preference 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.

Attached is an example of a Personal Statement which students will need to create for their online profile.

notes and tips on personal statement completion

The Kent Choices website

Click here for a video on how to use the Kent Choices website


Please log on to this website and create an account, to apply for any of the opportunities advertised.


Open Days


Canterbury College


Useful links

National Careers Service
There is a dedicated section on the website for 13 – 19 year olds designed to help with option choices and to consider various pathways.

Contains videos which explores different types of careers as well as interviews with students discussing their option choices.

Take the buzz test
Explore job roles through videos and take a 5 minute test to examine your strengths when it comes to suitable job types

An online careers guidance tool. Free to register using code STCOL.
Explore different jobs, types of work and see what matches your own individual skills and interests.


Getting Started - The Start User Guide

How to Register to Start Instructions for students

Careers videos from the Education department


Work experience

These two links are useful when considering finding your own placements

nationalcareers service direct

success at school how to Find Work Experience


Labour market information

See the latest report from Skills for Dover