All Key Stage 4 students as well as parents and carers have the opportunity to discuss their child’s Post 16 options during Parents Evening and Academic Review Days.  Students are provided with individual tailored support to ensure all our young people transition into the best possible Sixth Form, Further Education College or Work Related Learning Placements. 

Inspire Academy also works with a wide range of outside agencies and partner agencies within and beyond the local borough.  This ensures  all our students have access to information and opportunities regarding further education, training and the world of work.

The Gatsby Benchmarks ( are a key measure of the effectiveness of careers advice and are central to the Government’s Careers strategy. To ensure our students receive the highest quality of careers guidance, we will be working towards meeting all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks by the end of 2020, in line with DfE expectations. The focus of the benchmarks are:

  • A Stable Careers Programme
  • Learning from Career and Labour Market Information.
  • Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil
  • Linking Curriculum Learning to Carers
  • Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Experience of Work Places
  • Encounters with Further Education
  • Personal Guidance

Further Education Colleges

Vocational Pathway

Vocational courses and classes are offered by career colleges, vocational schools, trade schools and community colleges.  These courses provide job-focused training for specific roles or careers. 

Going to College is a lot different from school.  It is a great way to prepare you for work, adult life or University.  At College you can study a wide range of courses and qualifications.  Many young people go to College to do vocational courses. 

Vocational qualifications are well respected by Universities and Employers.  They give students practical and professional expertise, theoretical knowledge and the study skills needed to progress to Higher Education or directly into employment.

Sixth Form College

Please contact individual Sixth Form School/Colleges regarding Open Evenings.  Students must be accompanied by a parent/carer.  Sixth Form Schools/ Colleges usually have one open day per academic year.

Entry Requirements:  Most AS & A2 levels are academic qualifications that focus on traditional study skills.  Most AS & A2 Levels are assessed 70% through exams and 30% through coursework.  A Levels are made up of an AS Level (Year 1) and an A2 Level (Year 2).  Each part makes up 50% of the overall A Level grade.  Most students study four subjects in the first year and three subjects in the second Year.  With the IBDP you study six subjects over two years.

Usually students need to achieve 5 A* to C grades GCSEs including English and Maths (in one sitting).  However, each Sixth Form/College/School will have their own entry requirements, depending on subject choices. 

Also keep in mind that many Sixth Forms/Schools/Colleges have their own dress code.  Parents/Carers are usually required to attend Parents Evening whilst their child is studying at Sixth Form.

University or go straight into work?

It is worth knowing that whether you study A Levels/International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or vocational qualifications you can go on to either university or straight into work.

What can I study for in the Sixth Form?

Things you can study at school Sixth Form or Six Form College are:

  • GCSE’s
  • Academic qualifications such as A-Levels or AS-Levels
  • A diploma which mixes class room learning, life skills and practical work experience


Apprenticeships are best for young people who are clear about the career they want and when that career requires mastering a practical skill.  You will have to find your own apprenticeship placements either by approaching a company directly or by registering with the National Apprenticeship Services.

Apprenticeships are high quality work-based learning programmes that allow apprentices to earn a wage while continuing their education. 

Apprenticeships are run by the National Apprenticeship Service (  Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of the apprenticeship, the apprentice’s ability and the chosen industry.

To register and search for apprenticeships go to, click ‘vacancies and opportunities’. Click again on register now and fill in your details.  The registration requires you to answer a number of questions so please take your time.  It is also useful to have a CV as often you have to attach your CV. 

Click here to view the Apprenticeship pack for Parents/Carers


As part of the Inspire Academy Careers curriculum students have access to Kudos a multi-functional Careers website which gives all our students the ability to research and find information about a wide range of careers and opportunities.

Kudos will give you all the information you need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach your career destination.  If you are unsure of what careers you might be interested in, Kudos can give ideas based on what you like and dislike.  You can also discover what careers your subjects can lead to.

Packed with information on what employers are looking for, what you can earn and what qualifications you’ll need, Kudos is your passport to exploring your future.

For any more information please contact our School Careers Officer, Mr M. Betts.

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Work Experience

We work closely with Medway Education Business Partnership (MEBP). The link we have made with MEBP has been vital to the success of our students accessing work experience placements and achieving part time jobs through these placements. MEBP helps source work experience placements for us, in a field each individual student has expressed an interest in, so they are able to gain hands on experience. These placements can be once a week throughout the year or for a full week during term 4.


Details of our Careers Advisor:

Academy contact:   Mr M. Betts - Careers/Vocational Lead 



External Careers Advisor:

Jacky Moran 



Mobile: 07796 583187

Registered Career Development Professional (RCDP- 00056746 )

I hold an MA in Career Guidance Practice ( Level 7), M.Sc. Social Psychology and B.Sc. Psychology . I have more than 25 years of practice in the career guidance and employment support sector. I am a registered career development professional ( registration number- 00056746) with the Career Development Institute ( CDI).


The information on this page is reviewed annually in conjunction with the careers policy.  Next review date:  July 2021