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
MCA'S CAREERS WEEK
We engaged with National Careers week in partnership with RBS, by launching our focus during Aspire time on the Monday morning. All of our students discussed their career choices with their progress tutor and were introduced to the national careers service website (https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk). They also recorded their career aspirations for our reception display.
We plan to run an additional careers week in June, whereby the curriculum and timetable for one week will be designed to meet the bespoke needs of each of our year groups. The basis for these activities will be the MCA passport and each department will link one of these criteria to their subject for the day.
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.
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. All curriculum areas have identified a range of external partners to provide careers guidance and support to students.
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
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