All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers and sustain employability throughout their lives.

We believe that all young people will lay the foundations for their future economic well-being through their subject and careers learning at school. Appropriate CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) helps students achieve their full potential and raises aspirations whilst at the same time providing equal access for all, and as such is an essential part of school life.

Our designated Careers Lead is Mrs Anne Winship, who receives SLT support from Assistant Principal, Ms Alison McCulloch and from the Careers Link Governor. We also have two careers advisors from Hertfordshire Services for Young People who are in College each week to meet with students and offer impartial advice. Our Careers Programme has been developed and refined over a number of years and is designed to enable the College to achieve all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks, which serve as a framework for improvement in careers provision and have been adopted as part of the Government's Careers Strategy and statutory guidance for schools and colleges. We also work with the Careers & Enterprise Company and our colleagues at BSET to share best practice.

Hockerill recognises the need for individual guidance for students in making decisions about, and applications to, university. The Careers Lead assists with all university applications, both in the UK and abroad. Most Year 13 students enter Higher Education institutions, although degree apprenticeships are growing in popularity with more students chosing to apply for them also. Of those students opting to take a gap year most have either deferred entry or will be seeking assistance with their university applications during their year out. We also provide tailored support to the significant number students across the College who aspire to study at Oxford or Cambridge or for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science.

All students within the college have a login for Unifrog which can be used to aid careers exploration, as a resource in PSHE lessons and form time and for university or apprentieship applications.

For further information, please contact: 

Anne Winship (Careers Lead):  


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For Students

Students first careers teachers are their form tutors, Heads of Year and subject teachers but they are also welcome (and encouraged) to speak to our Careers Lead, who is based in the Sixth Form Centre, with any careers related query they have. They can make an appointment or come to the Careers Drop In that happens every Wednesday after school. They can also make an appointment to see one of our Careers Advisors from Hertfordshire Services for Young People, who are in school every Wednesday, to discuss careers options, subject choices, university and other applications or to gain impartial advice.

There is also a large selection of resources in the Library that is regularly updated and is available for all year groups to help them make informed decisions about subject choices, Higher Education, Careers and taking a Gap Year. 

Students are given extra help at key transition stages such as choosing GCSE, IB/A Level courses and applying to university in the UK or overseas, and we make students aware of employment trends and how to maximise their employability skills.

The school uses Unifrog from Year 7 upwards with every student having a login and this is an excellent resource to aid with careers exploration. Students will also find information about careers related webinars, work experience opportunities, university open days, ect posted in the their year group teams.

For Parents

Parents play a key part in supporting their children in their career choices and we aim to support that by providing information meetings at key decision points (eg Year 9 Options meetings, Year 12 UCAS Information meetings). We are also happy to discuss any concerns parents have. For general information, please follow THIS LINK for a Careers Advice for Parents website.  The Russell Group Universities has also produced a useful guide for parents on making ‘Informed Choices’ for Post 16 choices, please follow THE LINK here. Parents might also find the YouTube video produced by The Careers and Enterprise Company about the local labour market in Hertfordshire helpful when discussing options with their children, please CLICK HERE.

We are keen to increase the involvement of parents, Alumni and the wider business community in our Careers programme so that we can provide meaningful learning opportunities for pupils. This will allow us to build up a network of expertise in a range of professions.

We are keen to hear from any parents who might be able to act as an ‘adviser’ to the students at our Biennial Careers Fair, or to talk to small groups of students about their career or profession. If any parent could provide work experience, ‘taster days’ or work shadowing for our Year 11 or 12 students in their summer holiday (we would only use such contacts for a committed pupil who has expressed a genuine interest in the particular career) that would be especially welcome.

If you feel you might be able to offer help to Hockerill pupils, at whatever level, the Careers Department would very much appreciate hearing from you. If you have any questions, or would like an informal discussion before any kind of commitment, please do not hesitate to get in touch via the main switchboard or emailing, or by completing the ATTACHED FORM.

Our Programme

Year Group


CDI Framework

Year 7

·       PSHE - Resilience

·       STEM lessons

·       2

·       4

Year 8

·       PSHE - Enterprise

·       6,7,15

Year 9

·       Options Meeting

·       IB Days - Enterprise activity, University campus visit

·       Making Informed Choices

·       14,15,17

·       5,6,9,11

·       4,5,6

Year 10

·       CV Preparation

·       Mock Interviews

·       Morrisby Profiling

·       Language Exchange Work Experience

·       11,16

·       11,16

·       1,2

·       5,9

Year 11

·      Herts SfYP Interviews

·       NCS Assembly

·       IAG meetings

·       Careers & Making Choices

·       14,17

·       3,8

·       14,17

·       14

Sixth Form

·      Herts SfYP Interviews

·       Mock Interviews

·       UCAS Fair

·       University Presentations in college

·       UCAS/Oxbridge Support

·       Sixth Form Clubs and Electives eg Young Enterprise, MedSoc

·       Wednesday afternoon careers activities

·       17

·       11,16

·       14

·       14

·       14

·       8,12


·       6,11,12


All Years

·       National Careers Week Seminars

·       Biennial Careers Fair

·       4,5,6

·       4,5,6

The Careers Development Institute provides a framework against which schools and colleges can measure their CEIAG provision, the numbers in the table above show which parts of the framework that activity covers. Essentially the framework ensures that young people have the opportunity to develop themselves, learn about careers and to make themselves more employable and ready for the world of work. For more information about it please CLICK HERE.

Useful Websites

A quick Google search will show the vast array of information online on all aspects of careers advice from apprenticeships, applying to university, developing the right skills, etc but please CLICK HERE for a list of some of the ones we think are most useful in each section.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Government recommends that all schools should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties. ​ At Hockerill we consider all 8 benchmarks in planning our CEIAG provision and regularly review our progress towards meeting the​m, as well as monitoring the effectiveness and impact of our programme.

  1. A stable Careers programme – Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
  1. Learning from Career and Labour Market Information - Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.​
  1. Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil – Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.​
  1. Linking Learning to the Curriculum – All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.​
  1. Encounters with Employers and Employees​ - Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.​
  1. Experiences of Workplaces​ - Every pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.​
  1. Encounters with Further and Higher Education – All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.​
  1. Personal Guidance - Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.​
Provider Access Statement

Technical Education and Apprenticeships

Under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997, as amended by the Technical and Further Education Act 2017, the College has a legal obligation to allow students access to providers of education and training with regard to technical education and apprenticeships.

Students from Year 8 up are entitled to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities and to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities available. They should understand how to make applications for academic and technical courses. This should be part of a careers programme that provides information on the full range of options available at each transition point.

Each year there are a number of events in the school calendar, such as National Careers Week seminars, which would allow providers the chance to speak to students and in some cases their parents. These events vary from year to year so providers should contact the school directly, and with as much notice as possible, to be added to the schedule. It should also be possible to organise one-off stand-alone events at other times.

Arrangements with regards to rooms and facilities, types of material the provider wishes to bring, etc will be agreed ahead of the visit but providers should note that they will be required to adhere to the College’s Safeguarding Policy, which they will be provided with prior to the visit and asked to sign to acknowledge receipt of and agreement to.

Any provider who would like to request access and arrange a visit should contact the Careers Department on 01279 658451 or via

Careers Department Policy

Please CLICK HERE for the Careers Department Policy, which sets out in more detailed how the department works and is managed.

Entitlement Statement

The aim of the entitlement statement is to make sure that everyone (students, staff and parents) know what CEIAG will involve, what to expect and also what will be expected of them.

For students, we will:

  • Treat and respect you as an individual.
  • give you the chance to develop skills and knowledge that will equip you to successfully enter the world of work
  • Support you when needed
  • Guarantee you access to careers information, advice and guidance which is up to date, comprehensives and unbiased including Labour Market Information.
  • Provide professional and expert guidance when you need it.
  • Provide access to information about all the options/pathways open to you once you leave College.

As members of staff, we expect that you will:

  • Actively help yourself as well as expecting us to help you.
  • Be prepared to learn and stretch yourself in order to reach your potential.
  • Be punctual and considerate of others
  • Be realistic and honest when thinking about options and making decisions.

As parents you can expect that we will:

  • Enable you to take an active part in the activities above through, for example, Parents' Consultation Evenings, Information Evenings, attending guidance meetings if you wish
  • Promote and practice equal opportunities for all young people regardless of gender, ethnic origin, disability etc.