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Information for Students

You will find the Careers team at Northgate in the Careers Suite, which is opposite the main school Library. Here you can browse prospectuses, careers books, look at leaflets, use the computers to research course and career options and speak to a member of the Careers team about your next steps and future plans. 

It is in the Careers Suite that your individual Careers Appointments will take place during Years 11, 12 and 13. Mrs Calder and Mrs Cook will be able to talk to you about jobs and careers and explore all the opportunities that you have available to you on leaving school, including sixth form, college, university, apprenticeships, employment and volunteering.

Throughout your time at Northgate you will take part in a number of careers and enterprise activities.  Highlights for our students include our Year 9 options events, work experience and our Enterprise Day in Year 10, college and sixth form open events in Year 11 and university and employer talks, university open days and a Careers Day in the Sixth Form. Alongside these activities, you will have the opportunity to explore careers and prepare for your next steps through the Careers lessons that are part of the timetable for all students in Years 9 through to the Sixth From. 

We are always pleased to hear how you think any of the careers and enterprise activities that you have taken part in have gone and whether you think they have been useful to you. By hearing what you have found most beneficial and what you think didn’t work so well, we can make sure that future activities we carry out are even better. Please let Mrs Calder in the Careers Suite or your Form Tutor have any feedback. 

We are here to help you prepare for your future after Northgate, so please come and familiarise yourself with the Careers Suite and the resources available to you.


Useful Careers Websites

There are a number of website resources available to you, which you can access in the Careers Suite or at home.  These are intended to enable you to research your career and course options independently and do not replace the face-to-face support that you will receive from the careers activities at Northgate.


Careers Information


The National Careers Service is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages, where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking career advice.


Video based job profile information and skills explorer tools.


Careers resources to provide students and parents with useful hints and tips on a range of careers and employability areas.


An interactive career website to help with ‘careers matching’ programme to help with career choice (log in for a free guest pass).


Lets you explore potential career opportunities across Norfolk & Suffolk, showing you how the organisations and job roles fit into the wider career paths of our region's industries.


Aims to help you to make the most of your potential by showing how others have used theirs, take the ‘Buzz’ personality profile quiz.


Springboard is for students. It is divided into two main sections: the Career Test and the Career Exploration Tool. In tandem, these two interactive tools allow students to find some career inspiration and gain an insight into their different career options.


Opportunities that exist outside of university.


Push helps students make informed decisions about their future after school or college, whether that means employment or higher education.


Investigate careers, watch videos and get great advice, find out about employers and work experience opportunities in your area.


The Source provides information and advice for young people in Suffolk, in areas such as learning, work, health, relationships, housing, money, leisure and transport.


Gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy-to-access format. Students can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ give profiles of professionals, providing a useful insight into specific careers.



The National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships.  It also advertises current vacancies.


Platform focused on making it easy for applicants to find and apply to apprenticeships local to them.


Displays current apprenticeship and school-leaver programme opportunities, the latest school-leaver job news, and gives career journey advice.


Amazing Apprenticeships have a big mission.  Through the Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for schools and colleges (ASK) programme, they have worked with their partners to support thousands of individuals.

Local Colleges


Colchester Institute are a provider of high quality vocational education throughout north Essex. They provide a large number of different courses ranging from full, part-time, apprenticeships and degrees, which can enable you to enter employment straight away or progress to university.


Suffolk New College is a mixed further education college located in central Ipswich.  The college offers secondary and further education courses such as vocational programmes, GCSEs and apprenticeships as well as higher education and leisure learning courses.


West Suffolk College is a leading apprenticeship provider.

Higher Education


Information about university courses on offer. Sign up to the UCAS Hub to access a range of information about all post-16 options.


Find out which areas you could access to a particular degree.


It represents 24 leading universities, sources of careers information and advice, including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices.


Gives you information to help find the right course at the right university for you.


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