Careers & IAG

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 Thacker and Mr Lucas

You can contact him:

  • Book a careers interview at the student reception
  • Visit the Careers board in the main corridor
  • Check out the Library Careers area

Telephone:01708 502 900

Provider Access StatementCareers Calendar 2022-2023



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.

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


Careers information is provided to students in different formats –

In person through:

  • 1:1 Careers interviews are available with a qualified Careers Adviser
  • Careers sessions are provided to students through PSCHE lessons and presentation lessons. given to each tutor group at each transition stage.
  • Careers trips to a range of places including Careers Events, Insight days and to visits to Further and Higher Education Colleges
  • National careers week through subject areas
  • Personalised Careers Advice through the use of “Fast Tomato”
  • Dissemination of information to students regarding Careers Conferences, including those concerning Apprenticeships locally
  • Futures evening for Key Stage 4

In written form through:

  • a series of noticeboards

Interactively through Internet links:

  • GOOGLE CLASSROOM - Information regarding Careers Conferences, Apprenticeships, Work Experience opportunities and other links are posted directly onto the year group Google Classroom
  • FAST TOMATO – an Online Career Guidance platform for 12-18 year olds
  • Useful websites



Levels of Qualifications Chart Page 1

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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 2020/21 admissions onwards, the Level 3 BTEC Nationals (QCF) will qualify for the following UCAS tariff points.

Table IAG

Careers Overview/Review

The school evaluates the careers provision through students and parent feedback, LEAN advice and self-evaluations. These are recorded on Compass+ software to allow all careers data to be stored in one location.

The careers provision is evaluated termly, with the next review due in the Autumn term 2024.