Saint Bede’s aims to provide high quality, impartial careers guidance which helps our pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. The school prepares pupils for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training, developing self-belief so that they can set and achieve aspirational targets in their planned education, training & career paths. We ensure that all of our pupils have opportunities to develop a range of skills associated with being successful in the world of work and to consider the world of work and their place within it.

Saint Bede’s has developed strong ties with many organisations who help us to achieve our aims:

  • Academic institutions including: Liverpool Hope University, University of Central Lancashire, Cardinal Newman College, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Lytham Sixth Form, Blackpool Sixth Form, St Mary’s Catholic College and Myerscough College.
  • Apprenticeship providers including: Associated Training Solutions, Howarth House Training and Skills Construction Centre.
  • Employers including: NHS (nursing, medicine, midwifery, paramedics and surgery), architecture,  the Army, AXA, BAe, Blackpool Football Club, ‘Room’ (a local entrepreneur), Halifax Bank, the police and a great many more.
Years 7 and 8 

In Years 7 and 8 we utilise the Barclays LifeSkills programme:

‘LifeSkills focuses on employability skills, money skills and people skills to help young people prepare for the world of work’ (  Baroness Brady (a LifeSkills Ambassador) comments that this programme “creates opportunities to transform what young people go onto achieve.”  LifeSkills is delivered during Citizenship time.

Pupils will also register with the programme. Further details will follow on Firefly

Year 9 Curriculum Vitae Building Task 

Pupils are guided on how to write their Curriculum Vitae, personal statement and covering letter. By the end of the process each pupil will have the requisite suite of individualised documents which they can edit as they pass through Key Stage 4.

Year 9 Options Evening 

Year 9 and their parents / guardians are invited to an options talk about GCSEs and the other courses that are available at Saint Bede's at Key Stage 4. 

The following websites are also very useful:

Russell Group Universities
This is a guide on post-16 education for those considering applying to Russell Group Universities.

This website has numerous video clips of real people talking about real jobs.  It also has an excellent section of apprenticeships.

National Careers Service
This is the Government’s own career website for all ages.  Very informative on careers, courses, CV writing and so on.

Gives you all the information you will need on apprenticeships and also has ‘live’ apprenticeship vacancies. 

The Apprenticeship Guide
Gives you all the information you will need on apprenticeships and also has ‘live’ apprenticeship vacancies.

CEIAG Provider Access Policy 


‘Start' is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential.’ Please see the following documents below to help you through the process of getting started:

Start Parent Letter

How to Register Student Guide

Start Student Handout