Careers information and guidance is available to all. At Gaynes; we want all students to make good choices for the future – ‘informed decisions are good decisions’

Your School Careers Advisor is:

Mrs Trezise

For Information, Advice and Guidance:

Book a careers interview at the student reception

Visit the Careers board in the main corridor

Check out the Library Careers area


Careers/IAG is to help students think about and plan their future; Careers/IAG is to help students find out which pathway is best for them. To enable good understanding and positive attitudes, we aim to engage with parents and give them access to Careers: Bill Law’s ‘Community Interaction Theory’ states how our perceptions about careers are gained from within our communities. By working in partnership we hope to ensure positive outcomes for all our students.


Careers/IAG should be timely; We think that it is especially important at the following times:

  • KS3 – for Options                 
  • KS4 – for Post 16 Pathways, Apprenticeships, FE, HE, traineeships


At Gaynes we aim to provide timely, impartial advice and guidance .

  • Request a meeting with Mrs Trezise to discuss your options
  • Careers sessions are provided to students through PSCHE lessons and presentation lessons given to each tutor group at each transition stage
Careers information is provided to students through:
  • a noticeboard just along from the school office
  • Careers trips are arranged to Careers Events, Insight days and to Further and Higher Education Colleges


Pathways is the term used to refer to the different paths students may take. At secondary school these will occur at KS4 & KS5. Pathways are the qualifications with their levels and the routes that students can take to acquire them.

Look at the ‘Levels and Qualifications’ table showing these pathways.

Choosing an appropriate pathway will involve choosing an appropriate course and where to do it.



What is the difference between GCSE and BTEC?

  • GCSEs have more exam assessment. BTEC have different grades: Pass, Merit and Distinction
BTEC Pass(P) = GCSE C/5 BTEC Merit(M) = GCSE B/6 BTEC Distinction(D) = GCSE A/8 BTEC Distinction*(D*) = GCSE A*/9

What is a pass at GCSE?

  • Grade 4 is the lowest pass to be accepted. Grades 5 + are ‘Good’ grades; Grades 1-3 are needed for L2 qualifications


What is the difference between BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Extended Diploma?

  • BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas can be taken alongside A Levels. Extended Diplomas are the equivalent to 3 Levels.

The passes have points which can be used to qualify for university courses:

In applications submitted for 2018 admissions onwards, the Level 3 BTEC Nationals (QCF) will qualify for the following UCAS tariff points.