Higher Education & Careers
The importance of effective careers education within schools has never been greater. The aim of our Careers Education programme is to enable young people to acquire the skills, attitudes and abilities they will need to chart their path through life with confidence.
The school provides a well-equipped Careers Library where pupils have access to a wide range of reference material. In Years 8, 9 and 10 all pupils are introduced to Careers through the Employability module within Learning for Life & Work classes.
This is developed further in Years 11-12 and all pupils have an individual interview with the Careers Adviser from Careers Service NI. In Years 12-14 pupils spend time on their personal career plans and study topics such as CVs, application forms, interviews and student finance. In addition, pupils in Sixth Form can spend individual research time in the Careers Library. With the help of employers, we run an Interview Skills Day for Year 14 pupils and, although initially daunting, pupils have really enjoyed and benefited from this experience.
Sixth Form pupils have the opportunity to attend the UCAS Higher Education Convention at which they can meet representatives of most of the UK’s universities and colleges. Staff from the local universities and colleges also visit the school and deliver talks to Year 13 pupils whilst Year 14 pupils have the chance to attend university open days. Sixth Formers have the opportunity to participate in work shadowing and to attend open days in a number of professions, hosted by hospitals and clinics.
Throughout Years 13 and 14, each pupil receives individual guidance from his/her Careers teacher when completing the UCAS application process and personal statement. For pupils facing university interviews and other entry examinations, there is support offered, including practice interviews.
Year 14 pupils (2 boys and 2 girls) have the opportunity to apply for a fully-funded scholarship to the Dilworth School in Auckland, New Zealand, where they spend their GAP year working as tutors.
Careers News Articles
On Friday 17th November, 25 pupils in Years 12-14 participated in “CAFREs Futures in Food” Careers programme, RSD was paired with local food company Linden ABP. We started our morning in the food processing factory, hearing about opportunities in Linden Foods and heard about studying at CAFRE and Higher Level Apprenticeships from past pupil, Lewis Connelly. We toured the factory and were treated to yummy burgers for lunch. We then went to CAFRE Loughry College to continue our adventure. Pupils were issued a New Product Development task to design a Summer BBQ Burger, adding flavours not normally put together, pupils got stuck in, came up with some interesting flavour combinations and had a fabulous day creating while having lots of laughs. Thank you to @DiscoverCAFRE and @LindenABP for this wonderful opportunity and for opening up our minds to the vast career paths available through Food Industry. We had a great day!
At the end of last term, we were delighted to welcome Mr Richard McCann to speak to Years 12-14 about the McCann Reach Bursary scheme, which is a new and exciting opportunity for Sixth Formers.
RSD past pupil and Head Boy in 2013-2014, Adam Willis picked up a top award for outstanding academic achievement from Stranmillis University College.