Careers and Post-16


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If you have any questions about career choices and options at Dawlish Community College please contact our Head of Careers, Mrs Amanda Moore –

The college is committed to Careers Education, Information, Advice and guidance (CEIAG) and works closely with Careers South West Ltd, FE Colleges, Universities and Employers to encourage and support students into post-16 learning and training. Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy is available here.

Excellent opportunities for post-16 are offered through local sixth forms and the Further Education colleges. Visits for Year 10 & 11 students are arranged to South Devon and Exeter Colleges and all local colleges, UTCs and sixth forms in the area give presentations at Year 10 & 11 assemblies.

Students are also given presentations about Labour Market Information (LMI) and Apprenticeships; bi-annually we hold a careers fair.

Local colleges and sixth forms also are invited along to Year 10 and 11 Parents’ Evenings. In addition, the Armed Forces and Public Service sector come in to talk to students who might find this of interest. T

he careers team also work closely with The National Careers Service, NCS giving students opportunities to enroll on schemes to benefit their career portfolio.


Forward Futures aims to give every student the opportunity to fulfil their potential in the career path they choose. We do this through a programme of activities which helps students to choose the 14-19 pathways best suited to their individual aspirations and by developing the skills which will enable them to manage their lifelong career.

We provide a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students (years 7-11) in partnership with independent careers advisers and other outside agencies.

The Careers service in school is provided by Mrs Moore, Miss Wright, Head of PSE and supported by Mrs Friend and Miss Green.  Our independent careers adviser from Careers South West is Sarah Sutton,

Our FE College advisors are;
Exeter College, Tom Williams
South Devon College, Jessica Tucker
Bicton College, Susan Senior,

Where to find us
In the Careers Office at the back of the Media Studies Suite & Flexible Learning room.

Telephone extension 2205.

Opening Times The room is staffed at various times between  9.00am-3.35pm Monday-Friday.  For an appointment you can email

Any student is welcome to drop by during break times and lunchtime. One-to-one guidance appointments are available during the school day.

Why might you visit the careers room? By providing individualised and impartial information, advice and guidance, we can help you to:

• Choose and pursue a career idea
• Find a part-time job
• Make year 8,9,10 and sixth form/post-16 option choices
• Find an apprenticeship
• Prepare a CV, personal statement and letter of application
• Attend meetings with a careers advisor

Further opportunities and information is available in the Library Resources Centre (LRC).

KS3 Lower School Careers

It is never too soon to start exploring your career ideas. Maybe you don’t have any ideas- why not visit the College LRC? They have a whole range of books and magazines to help you explore different career ideas. Alternatively try looking at some of these websites- it may help when choosing your Key Stage 4 options pathway.  Currently during registration time years 7,8 and 9 students work through Passportfolio where a Career profile, C.V amongst other documents are created.

KS4 Upper School Careers

You will need to make some important choices in year 10/11 about your future pathways. Exploring your career ideas will be really useful. In addition to the careers activities which you’ll cover in class you might also want to talk through your ideas and plans with a trained careers adviser. 1:1 appointments can be made by emailing
Year 10 students are working on producing their intended destinations data.  Students will then work on producing their C.V, Letter of Application, Personal Statement and/or LinkedIn profile which will form part of their Record Of Achievement (R.O.A.).  During the Summer term, all year 10 students are required to attend a weeks’ work experience placement.
Year 11 experience their mock interviews in September. Then with the feedback students are working improving their R.O.A paperwork in readiness for their College interviews.  All students have been issued with College prospectuses and we recommend they should look at open events to see what the Colleges have to offer.

There is a wealth of excellent information available on the internet. Take a look at some of these websites relating to careers and post-16 opportunities:

(See also details of further education colleges in the area on the College Partners page).