KS4 & KS5 Pathways

At Key Stage 4, pupils continue research into careers and pathways into the sixth form and higher education. This includes university and employer visits to continue to inspire and motivate our students. We also run careers events including a mock interview day with a range of employers and a week’s work experience placement with REED where students experience a variety of departments including advertisement and sales. At Barnhill we also put great importance on NEET prevention and provision and so run NEET workshops with our Careers Advisor which focuses on future careers pathways and raising aspirations.

At Key Stage 5, students take part in another work experience placement where they self-evaluate their performance and what they have learnt about the world of work. So far this academic year, we have had students complete work experience with the following:

  • Allianz Insurance – Forbes’ (2014) largest insurance company & sponsor of Bayern Munich FC
  • IARS – a research company focusing on social policy and problems
  • Prestolite Electric – a global manufacturer of electrical equipment and services

Students also are provided with wide access to further education opportunities including Apprenticeship Fairs and university visits, including to the University of Oxford. Students also continue to receive both personal and group careers guidance with 1-1 careers advice meetings and employer visits.


For further support explore the following links:

Youth Employment UK - useful careers guidance for parents.

The Apprenticeship Guide - features apprenticeship success stories, entry requirements and choices.

What Uni? - find university courses, compare course details, read student university reviews and order free prospectuses.

Discover Uni - compare and review subjects at universities and colleges in the UK.