Lincoln Minster School



Dedicated careers centre with an emphasis on pupils making their own well informed choices.


Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers education, information, advice and guidance is more than just choosing a job – it is giving pupils the lifelong skills they need to become effective career managers to take charge of their own future pathways and realise their ambitions.

We recognise how important it is for pupils to understand and appreciate the options available to them and have the confidence and ability to pursue their own realistic pathways. By helping individuals to recognise their strengths and aptitudes, pupils are empowered to make their own well-informed decisions with support from the school and their parents/carers.

We are proud that each year a significantly large number of our students are accepted to their first choice of university, and we are equally proud of those who pursue a different route whether it be on school leaver programmes or apprenticeships. Our overall aim is for each and every pupil to gain knowledge of all of their options, to make informed decisions, and to transition effectively into their next stage of education or training, or into the world of work.

Career Mark

Lincoln Minster School has been awarded the National Quality in Careers Standard for its careers education, information, advice and guidance provision and fully meeting all the accreditation criteria incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks.

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Our Careers Programme

Our careers education programme is delivered to all students from Years 7 to 13 and has been developed in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks. The school holds the Career Mark Quality in Careers Standard confirming outstanding provision of careers education and guidance within the school.

Whilst our careers education programme is structured and progressive it is also very varied and engaging to meet the needs of our pupils and enthuse them about their future options. The programme includes a range of activities and interventions including:

- Careers lessons as part of the PSHE curriculum

- Careers tutorials delivered by the Head of Careers

- Off timetable ‘drop-down days’

- Guest speakers from industry

- Assemblies

- Alumni events

- Trips to Careers Fairs and Exhibitions

- Visits to workplaces

- Mock interviews and assessment centres

- Competitions

- 1:1 careers information, advice and guidance interviews

Key Stage 3

In Year 9, the programme focuses on students choosing their GCSE options. Pupils are introduced to new subjects that they may not have studied in previous years, for example, Business Studies. Pupils and their families are supported to make effective subject choices through options evenings, access to the GCSE course guide and drop-ins with the Head of Careers.

During Key Stage 3 careers education is delivered as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE) curriculum. Pupils spend time developing their self-awareness including their personal characteristics, interests, values and skills. They also begin to increase their awareness of opportunities in the world of work and options at 16 and 18. PSHE lessons are supplemented by careers tutorials with the Head of Careers which take place termly. Careers tutorials are designed to explore key careers-related topics in greater depth and introduce pupils to the online careers and destinations platform, Unifrog (

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In keeping with our commitment to provide pupils with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we have a subscription to Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform. All students in Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 have access to this excellent online resource.

The Unifrog platform is designed to support pupils in making the most informed decisions about their futures and has a range of tools that are suitable for all year groups. Each pupil has their own personal account that provides a wide range of information related to their interests and aspirations. 

Key features of the platform include:

· Exploring Pathways – personality quizzes, career and subject profiles, MOOCs and webinars

· Recording – self-reflection about extracurricular activities and key employability skills

· Opportunities – search tools showing live vacancies/courses/placements for apprenticeships, universities (in the UK and abroad), FE, virtual work experience and much more

· Applications – tools to help students build applications for a range of pathways (e.g., CVs, Personal Statements, Common App Essays)

Pupils access the platform by clicking a link in their welcome email, where they create a password and can begin using the platform. They login to Unifrog using their school email address and password and they can do so from any computer, tablet or smartphone. We would encourage you to use the platform with your child so you can support them through the process of deciding their next step.

We have also set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself, allowing you to support your child throughout the process. The sign up code you need is LIMSparents and you can sign up here:

Please contact the Head of Careers Miss Wills if you have any questions relating to Unifrog. 

Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4 pupils build on their career related learning through the PSHE curriculum. They also receive termly careers tutorials with the Head of Careers with a particular focus on understanding modern career journeys, exploring the changing world of work and how to make decisions about their own futures. Pupils are encouraged to use the online careers and destinations platform, Unifrog, in lessons and in their own time.

In Year 10, pupils gain an experience of the workplace by undertaking a workplace project designed in collaboration with local employers. They also participate in a Futures Day which includes a speed networking event with a range of representatives from industry, further education, higher education and apprenticeship routes.

In Year 11, all pupils are invited to a 1:1 careers guidance interview in the Michaelmas and Lent terms, to discuss their future aspirations and begin to plan their next steps after school. Pupils also visit a university campus to learn more about Higher Education.

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Sixth Form

In the Sixth Form, pupils continue to explore career related learning through the PSHE curriculum. There is a focus on workplace rights and responsibilities and preparing for life beyond school and employment. Pupils also participate in the Life Skills programme through weekly Life Skills lessons. Careers education is a core component, alongside valuable real-world teaching on topics such as First Aid, basic car maintenance, safe driving skills, drug awareness and financial education. Pupils benefit from a range of speakers including representatives from universities, apprenticeship providers and employers, study abroad organisations and gap year opportunities.

There is comprehensive support available to pupils as they consider their options for Post-18 studies. In Year 12, students partake in a 2-day Higher Education and Futures programme. Time is built into the programme for students to visit a university and hear first-hand how best to prepare for their upcoming applications. A Higher Education and Post-18 Options information evening for parents and carers also takes place annually. Pupils who are keen to apply to early entrant courses are given additional support to understand what they need to do, in order to submit a competitive application. Find out more about how we help prepare our pupils for university.

Pupils are encouraged to think carefully about how work experience, summer schools or academic events/lectures can enhance their application to university or school

leaver/apprenticeship programmes. Opportunities are promoted on a regular basis and Year 12 pupils have the opportunity to take part in Work Shadowing in the Trinity Term, supported by the school.

In Year 13, pupils benefit from dedicated UCAS support and advice and guidance on alternative options. Mock interviews are available to help prepare pupils for university or job application processes. Sixth Formers are closely supported by the Head of Sixth Form, Head of Careers and the Sixth Form tutors to make realistic decisions, effective applications and positive transitions to life beyond school.

We measure the success of our careers programme through feedback from our students and destination data and speak with students about what they need to support them with their career planning. Please view our Careers Policy, Careers Entitlement Statement and handy Careers Education Journey Roadmap to discover more about our programme.

Professional Careers Advice

All students throughout the school are able to access one-to-one careers advice and guidance, with all students in KS4 receiving a guidance interview by invitation. Sixth Form pupils have access to an online booking system to schedule a careers meeting as and when required. The Head of Careers is qualified to Level 7 with a Post Graduate Certificate in Careers Guidance and is a member of the Career Development Institute (CDI). The Head of Careers is available to meet with parents/carers at Parents’ Evenings and Options Evenings from Year 9 – Year 13, or by appointment regarding opportunities for students and how best to support their children with their career planning.

Accessing Careers Information

In order to make well informed, realistic decisions about their education, training and careers, students require up-to-date and impartial careers information. In school, pupils are encouraged to use a variety of labour market information sources which are included below. Parents and carers might also wish to access this information to help support their children in making informed decisions. 

Further Education

Higher Education

UCAS Further Education UCAS
LincHigher Post-16 Options Whatuni
Lincolnshire Family Services Directory The Complete University Guide
LMS Sixth Form Curriculum Guide  The Times Higher University Rankings


Information for Parents and Carers


Careers Days

Friday 13th October - Year 9 visit to Lincoln College Careers Fair 
Week of 6th November - Green Careers Week
Tuesday 7th November - Year 12 trip to the National School Leaver Show at the NEC
Wednesday 24th January - Year 11 Higher Education trip to the University of Lincoln 
Week of 5th February - National Apprenticeships Week
Tuesday 6th February - Year 9 Careers Day including visit to the Careers in Agrifood Event at Lincolnshire Showground
Week of 4th March - National Careers Week
Tuesday 21st May - Year 12 UCAS and School Leaver day 
Wednesday 22nd May - Year 12 visit to University of Nottingham
Thursday 6th June - Year 12 visit to the Lincolnshire UCAS Convention
Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th June - Year 12 Work Shadowing Days
Tuesday 18th June - Year 10 Futures Day
Dates TBC for the Year 7 Careers & Enterprise Day, Year 8 Futures Day & Year 10 Workplace Project. 

Jobs and Careers

External providers offering careers advice.

National Careers Service



Target Careers

The World of Work

Apprenticeships and School Leavers

Apprenticeships Service

Target Careers

Not Going to Uni

Get My First Job

Rate My Apprenticeship



Speakers and Experience

We welcome a range of speakers to come and talk to our students about opportunities in FE, HE or Employment, therefore if you wish to make further enquiries about speaking with our students please contact Miss Rebecca Wills (Head of Careers) at 
or call 01522 551300 to discuss timings and venues. We are committed to ensuring that our students are aware of the full range of options available to them.

Our Provider Access policy can be found here