"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Jeremiah 29:11

At Derby Cathedral School, we are passionate about supporting students through the process of deciding upon their next steps, after they finish school.

Our curriculum equips students with the tools to make informed decisions about their available routes and possible future careers, all within the context of further education providers and the local and national labour market.

The curriculum provides students with the tools to assess their strengths, areas for development, and interests to apply these to future career decisions, whilst encouraging aspirational choices, and challenging misconceptions and stereotypes.

We provide impartial guidance and advice on further education, training or employment across KS3 and KS4 and involve outside agencies such as employers and higher education providers.

Careers education is delivered through the PSHE and Careers Curriculum in weekly PSHE lessons as well as employability skills and career paths being embedded throughout all curriculum areas. 

As we begin our journey in to key stage 4 we will be introducing a series of events to support students in preparing for their Year 10 work experience and post-16 next steps, these include events such as: Next Steps Day, CV Workshops, Mock Interviews, STEM events as well as Careers and Next Step Guidance.

Over the course of KS3 students will have access to the following careers curriculum:




Year 7

Developing Skills and Aspirations


                                            Developing Me - Unit 1



Derby University visit


Lessons to raise aspiration and motivation – exploring different career pathways, enterprise skills and teamwork.

A unit that introduces careers education and thinking about the future to our students


An opportunity to explore the possible academic pathway of university and what life at university entails

Year 8

Developing Me – Unit 2








This unit builds on the knowledge gained in Year 7, developing student knowledge of the different career subjects and pathways – focusing on potential pathways through use of labour market information and interactions


There is also a workshop entitled “Why go to University?” delivered by Derby University

Year 9

Developing Me – Unit 3




Careers and Enterprise Skills



‘Let’s Pitch It’ workshop with Baasit Siddiqui

What are my learning strengths?

This unit focuses on career options and goal setting as part of the GCSE options taking process.


This unit involves the pupils starting a franchise business, improving their enterprise skills and learning more about the world of work


In the summer of Year 9 a selection of students have the chance to work through an interactive workshop to create a pitch for a TV show which leads to being entered into a national competition.


* Information on the KS4 careers curriculum will follow by September 2021.


Our CEIAG Policy can be found on our policies page.


Our Careers Leaders are Mr Coucill and Mr Saunders. If you have any queries about careers, higher education or work experience please contact them through info@derbycathedralschool.org.uk