students learning

CEIAG Programme

Our CEIAG programme makes a major contribution in preparing our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  The planned, progressive programme of activities supports students in choosing career and education pathways, select options that suit their individual interests and abilities and sustain employability throughout their working lives.  Here at St Andrew’s this includes careers education tutorials, career guidance activities (group and individual work), information and research activities, work related learning and individual learning activities. Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages and a careers report sent to parents at the end of each term.

The CEIAG programme is delivered on a weekly basis by each student’s personal tutor, the General Studies tutor and subject teachers and is monitored by the Principal.  We also engage independent specialist advisors and external providers to speak on a range of topics. 

Our university partners visit St Andrew’s at least once a year to deliver presentations, assist students in the application process and hold workshops.  Current partners include: Anglia Ruskin University, Oxford Brooks University, the University of East Anglia, University of Kent, University of Birmingham, University of Reading, University of Leeds, Queen Mary University of London, University of Essex, University of Brighton, University of Durham, University of Exeter and the University of Liverpool.  

Calendar of CEIAG activities

  • September (January for Accelerated students) – Meet tutors and start UCAS application process (AS students moving to A2 would have started application process in previous academic year
  •  Mid October – application deadline for UCAS applications for all medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science courses. Also for all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
  •  Last week in October – University Open Day followed by various university visits in second half of term
  •  Mid November – Inspiring Futures, Career Skills workshops
  •  Before Autumn Term ends – All Personal Statements and University Choices completed and application sent for tutor input
  •  Mid-January – application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for A2 and September Foundation students
  •  March to June – Students select UCAS Firm and Insurance choices based on forecast grades, IELTS level and tutor advice
  •  End of March – application deadline for the receipt at UCAS of applications for Art and Design courses
  •  End of June – Last date for the receipt of all other applications. This includes January Accelerated students but our target is early March.
  •  May to July – Following Foundation Final Examinations, students placed at university or if unsuccessful, provided with options (Re-take exams, UCAS Extras, etc.)
  •  Mid-August – A level results published, students placed at university or if unsuccessful, provided with options (UCAS Extras, etc.)


Every pupil will take part in the CEIAG programme, which helps students to:

  • Understand themselves, their interests, likes and dislikes, what they are good at and how this affects the choices they make
  • Find out about different courses, what qualifications they might need and what opportunities there might be
  • Understand how to access the career’s library
  • Develop the skills they may need for working life
  • Make realistic, but ambitious, choices about courses and jobs
  • Develop a plan of action for the future
  • Understand the different routes available including training, further and higher education and jobs
  • Be able to make effective applications for jobs, unpaid voluntary work, training and further education
  • Develop their interview skills
  • Improve confidence

In addition, all students receive:

  • Independent guidance from external careers partners
  • Work related activities
  • Other subject lessons linked to careers
  • Assistance with university skills designed to help students to function independently and with confidence in higher education