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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

Key Stage 4



  • All students in years 11 and 12 follow a Careers Education Programme leading to the AQA Preparation for Working Life Level ½ Award. The course covers Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, the Local and Global Economy and the world of work (job applications, legislation etc.).
  • During the 2-year course students have many opportunities to develop their knowledge of career pathways. For example, during year 12, students participate in an Interview Skills Day. Students firstly complete a job application form and CV and are then given a formal mock interview by a professional in the field of work they are potentially interested in. Students received verbal and written feedback from the interviewer about their application form and interview technique.


  • All students in Year 12 participate in “Getting Connected,” operated by the Northern Ireland Careers Service. Mrs Ann McPolin provides a guidance interview to all Year 12 students.


  • Work Experience is offered to all Key Stage 4 students either as a one-week block placement at the end of year 11 or as day release during year 12.
  • We have developed excellent links with many local and regional employers. In the last year we have worked with over 160 organisations. Work experience is valued in our school, giving the students an insight into the realities of the workplace. We believe work experience enables our students to make informed career choices as they experience firsthand the world of work. Through the programme, students are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge about Health and Safety in the workplace, entry requirements and progression routes into a career and develop links with organisation.
  • During the placement students will complete a report on their Work Experience and the Employer will also fill in a report form on the student. These forms will be used by staff to assist them when they are writing student references and will form part of the students Progress File along with their Personal Career Plan and their C.V.



  • To develop understanding of entrepreneurship, work in local and global economy and finance.
  • To make a realistic self assessment so that the student can make decisions on future lifestyles.
  • To update the Personal Career Plan.
  • To be able to evaluate the benefits of each of the post 16 options for future occupational choice.
  • To develop those personal transferable skills much sought after by employers by taking part in a school based one-week work experience scheme.
  • To participate in Health and Safety training pre-work placement,
  • To participate in the Young Enterprise Programmes, Project Business and Personal Economics.



  • To know what options are available to them post 16. They should be able to evaluate each option, make the necessary applications and prepare themselves for the next stage in their chosen career path.
  • To know how to respond to a job advert. They will be able to write an appropriate letter of application, fill in an application form and produce an up to date CV. In addition they will be able to prepare themselves for a formal interview as part of our Interview Skills Day.
  • To participate in Interview Skills Day. This will include a presentation about good interview practice followed by a mock interview by a outside professional.
  • To develop those personal transferable skills much sought after by employers by taking part in a school based work experience day-release scheme. (12.2 students only)
  • To present a summative Personal Career Plan drawn from their formative work throughout the year. This Plan will form an integral part of their Progress File.
  • To develop a career plan – usually after a careers interview with the NI Careers Service Advisor.
  • The student’s career plan will contain details of their plans so far.
  • The career plan will cover things that might help the student get nearer to making a decision if they are still unsure about what to do next.
  • If the student has made a decision about their career plan they will discuss the best way to go about it.
  • A career plan is useful to the student as a reminder of what was discussed. It will list the next steps the student needs to take.