CAREERS / PATHWAYS
The MCA CAREERS TEAM
For general enquiries please Mr Roberts via our main reception on 0161 202 0161 or by
If you are an employer or business who would like to support our careers programme, please also contact Mr Roberts as above.
CAREERS GUIDANCE AND FUTURE PATHWAYS AT MCA
We maintain a broad and balanced curriculum for all our students to ensure that they are able to make informed choices about future pathways. The curriculum embeds core subjects such as science and aims to guide young people on their choice of additional enabling subjects. The core subjects provide the essential scaffolding for gaining other knowledge and skills in the workplace and in education. The enabling subjects will equip a young person to move on to university, apprenticeships or further training - whatever the mix all routes will be rigorous and stretching.
A choice of enabling subjects in year 9 is available within three of curriculum areas – Design Technology, Health and Wellbeing, Creative Arts – where students are able to specialise in a particular aspect. All students will continue to study the core subjects of English, maths, science, modern foreign languages and PE and will be guided into appropriate exams and accreditation routes according to their aptitude and ability.
An integral part of the vision and mission of Manchester Communication Academy is that all students gain an effective programme of careers activities from year 7-11 to help them make informed decisions on progression routes and that they are fully prepared to sustain their destinations of choice. Our programme aims to fully meet all the 8 Gatsby benchmarks (see policy) and meet all statutory duties effectively.
Our careers programme and how it is monitored and evaluated, is fully explained in our careers policy (below). The majority of our careers activities take place during a weekly 'aspire' curriculum, more information on this programme and the latest activities can be found by clicking the link below
Click here for more information on 'Aspire '' curriculum.
Click here for the MCA Provider Access Policy
MCA is working towards the Quality in Careers Standard, we have just completed Stage One. To find out more click here
Click here for the latest DFE destination data.
Click here for the Parent's Guide to Careers
Understanding T Levels
T Levels for Students
T Levels Guide
Student's Guide to Pathways
Parent's Guide to Pathways
The pathways planning at MCA identifies the potential career and progression routes for students, into further and higher education, apprenticeships, work based training and employment. This is reinforced within the curriculum areas and is evidenced in the planning documents. Click on the logos to find out more about the companies.
Our planning takes account of the local labour market intelligence with regard to employment opportunities and our focus on STEAM subjects reflects the needs of the national and global economy, and the requirements of our sponsor BT.
Our sponsor BT is one of the largest employers in the region and nationally aims to recruit over 3000 apprentices by 2020. Please click the links below to find out more.
BT North Video click here
BT Economic Impact Report 2019 click here
All curriculum areas have identified a range of external partners to provide careers guidance and support to students. Please click on the icons below
Click here for information on careers in business and accounting
Click here for information on careers in law
Click here for information on careers in IT
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES TO SUPPORT Y11
Resources to help prepare you for post-16 courses.
We have some resources available that will support and help to prepare you for the following college A-level courses:
English, Media and MFL
Creative and Performing Arts
Science, Maths and Engineering
Social Science and Humanities
IT, Computer Science and Business
Choose a progression sheet (see below) that interests you and choose tasks to complete. You can use one of the 'Progression Log' sheets to show what you have learnt and create a portfolio that shows some of your thinking and work.
Y11 Stepping Stone
ENGLISH, MEDIA AND MFL
Resources to help you prepare for English, Media and MFL A Level – 20 points per box. You will need to complete two course, listen to one podcast, read one article and watch one TEDtalk to complete this sheet. Don't forget to record it into your progression log (Attached above)
CREATIVE AND PREFORMING ARTS
Resources to help you prepare for Creative and Preforming Art A Level – 20 points per box. You will need to complete four courses, listen to two radio programmes, watch four TEDtalks, read three articles and listen to two podcasts to complete this sheet. Don't forget to record it into your progression log (Attached above)
SCIENCE, MATHS AND ENGINEERING
Resources to help you prepare for Science, Maths and Engineering A Level – 20 points per box. You will need to complete four courses, listen to five radio programmes, read two articles and watch four TEDtalks to complete this sheet. Don't forget to record it into your progression log (Attached above)
SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES
Resources to help you prepare for Social Science and Humanities A Level – 20 points per box. You will need to complete three courses, listen to three radio programmes, listen to two articles and watch two TEDtalks to complete this sheet. Don't forget to record it into your progression log (Attached above)
IT, COMPUTER SCIENCE AND BUSINESS
Resources to help you prepare for IT, Computer Science and Business A Level – 20 points per box. You will need to complete four course, three radio programmes, three articles and five talks to complete this sheet. Don't forget to record it into your progression log (Attached above)
Resources to help you prepare for Sports art A Level – 20 points per box. You will need to complete two courses, listen to two radio programmes, read two articles, watch seven TEDtalks and listen to two podcasts to complete this sheet. Don't forget to record it into your progression log (Attached above)
National Careers Service: Careers Advice – Jobs Information - www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk
Plotr – Careers advice and Guidance, Employability Skills, Job Profiles - www.plotr.co.uk
National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) – Apprenticeships - www.apprenticeships.org.uk
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) - www.ukcat.ac.uk
UCAS – Home | Helping you into university and college in the UK - www.ucas.com
Not going to Uni? - www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
Advice for Parent Links - Click here