Careers Programme

Careers Programme

Longley Park Sixth Form Careers and Employability

Longley Park Sixth Form is proud of its comprehensive Careers and Progression Programme. Students are guaranteed a wealth of knowledge about progression to Higher Education and the world of work. They will have lots of opportunities to meet HE providers and employers and feel what it is like in the workplace. We work closely with a range of networks from Sheffield Business Together to ASK (Sheffield Apprenticeship group) to ensure all our students are equipped to move on to positive destinations.

All students follow a careers and progression strand through the tutorial programme, receive additional information and skills-based input through their subject curriculum choices and they can also access careers and progression advice from our Pathways Centre located centrally in the Plaza.

Careers education covers the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks, including the following:

  • a stable careers programme
  • access to local labour markets and future study options
  • tailored and personalised careers profile
  • links to careers in all subjects
  • encounters with local employers and employees
  • first-hand experience of the workplace
  • HE, careers and apprenticeship fairs
  • personal guidance with an independent qualified careers advisor

Longley Park Sixth Form Careers Team

Careers Leader - Rae Nichols Assistant Principal, Student Engagement & Destinations.

Contact details: Tel: 0114 262 5757

Careers & Employability Co-ordinator - Lee Moore - (Careers Leader L7, NTU).

Contact details:  Tel: 0114 262 5757

Longley Park Sixth Form is keen to invite employers, traineeship/apprenticeship advisors and HE/FE providers to deliver progression events to broaden the horizons of our students. If you would like to discuss opportunities to work with our students please contact: Lee Moore  Tel: 0114 262 5757

Longley Park Sixth Form Careers Programme

Our Careers and Progression provision is outlined below and is designed to ensure that all learners meet the Gatsby Benchmark entitlement.

Pre Enrolment Opportunities 

School Taster Events 

  • Organised throughout academic year by curriculum staff to allow students to develop informed choices.

Application and Interview Process

  • Nov – Jan      Support in the application process
  • Feb – March Longley Park interviews
  • After interviews are complete official offer letters are sent to applicants

Next Step Longley

Our Next Step event gives applicants a chance to find out what being a student at Longley Park Sixth Form is really like. They will have the opportunity to try taster sessions of their chosen courses, meet staff and other prospective students. Next Step Longley events run in the summer term.

Open Evenings/Information Events

An opportunity for partner schools, applicants, parents and carers to access information in order to help make informed study and progression choices

Events run through the autumn and spring terms

Enrolment, Induction and Initial Careers Assessment

Advice and Guidance using GCSE / equivalent qualifications to ensure students are enrolled onto appropriate study programmes to help ensure positive progression beyond sixth form.

Introduction to Longley Park, expectations of study, and standards to develop success and skills.

Data collection of student aspiration to share with curriculum to help tailor bespoke student opportunities.

  • Enrolment     Late August
  • Induction       Early September

Careers Tutorial Programme

Tutorial is delivered across three year groups (Level 2, Level 3 Year 1, Level 3 Year 2) and are bespoke to level. Each year group has tailored activity appropriate to the level of study and age group of students, in relation to behaviour, welfare and personal development. The schemes of work are sequential as some learners will progress through all four years, however progression opportunities are supported throughout programmes as it is sometimes appropriate for a learner to pursue alternative pathways at different times, dependent on their aspiration.

Tutorial includes group and 121 student support and delivery in relation to the following.

  • CV writing and letters of Introduction
  • Mentoring Schemes access support
  • Career Ready access support
  • Summer School application support
  • Revision Strategies 
  • UCAS advice, guidance and support
  • Interview Technique and Social conduct sessions
  • Employer Engagement
  • Apprenticeship advice and guidance
  • Gap year advice and guidance
  • Workplace advice and guidance
  • Revision Strategies 
  • Student Wellbeing and Healthy Living
  • Safeguarding and PREVENT 
  • Social and Community Values
  • PSHE Programme

Additional Careers and Progression Support 

To further develop confidence, engage, motivate and inspire students to positive progression destinations, we provide the following services and opportunities. These are embedded into all areas of a student learner programme, in both curriculum and pastoral areas, and in wider engagement.

  • Visiting speakers from the world of work
  • Higher education trips and visits are developed and offered to all students
  • Extension curriculum lectures
  • Workplace visits and employer encounters
  • Skills sessions
  • Motivation and confidence Sessions
  • University trips and opportunities
  • Access to L6 Qualified Careers Advisor through Sheffield Futures
  • Access to Daily drop in sessions at the Pathways Careers & Employability Centre in the Plaza
  • Access to appropriate software programmes to identify progression opportunities and track skills and activities
  • HeppSY scheme access for eligible students for HE progression
  • High Achievers scheme for eligible students 


Higher Education Progression Partnership (HeppSY) is a programme dedicated to helping students access and be informed about Higher Education. They work in partnership with schools and college across South Yorkshire, as well as Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

Longley Park Sixth Form’s HeppSY adviser is Audie O’Donnell

What to expect?

  • Campus visits
  • Interactive workshops
  • The HeppSY bus
  • Motivational speakers
  • 1:1 appointments
  • Visits from academics and outreach staff
  • Collaboration with other students in South Yorkshire

HeppSY information for parents can be found here

We are working with The Higher Education Progression Partnership South Yorkshire (HeppSY), part of the Uni Connect Programme, to help ensure our students are informed about higher education opportunities. HeppSY works across the region to help young people understand the higher education opportunities available to them and realise their potential. They offer educational sessions, as well careers advice and guidance.

You can find out more about them here:

You can also find a useful guide for parents and carers supporting their children to apply for higher education here:

Provider Access

In line with the 2018 Statutory Guidance for Careers Guidance and Access for providers, we welcome visits from FE institutions, Training providers and HE providers to ensure students are aware of the wide range of progression routes available from HE, FE, apprenticeship, traineeships and employment. Appropriate providers are invited to the following events:

  • Annual HE fairs
  • Apprenticeships, traineeship fairs
  • Parents evenings

For further information please click here to read the Sixth Forms Provider Access Policy Statement 

Please contact Rae Nichols ( or Lee Moore ( to discuss proposed opportunities for organisations to meet with our students.

Evaluation and Review

The Careers Education and Guidance at Longley Park Sixth Form is evaluated in a number of ways:

  • Student evaluations including students surveys, focus groups and evaluation forms
  • HEPPSY survey taken annually to review impact of activities
  • Quality Assurance and Leaning Walks undertaken by Leadership to monitor teaching of all subjects, including academic tutorials
  • Employer/provider feedback following activities
  • Policy review
  • Compass evaluation


Last reviewed - June 2022



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