Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Careers Guidance

Careers Programme Outline:

Careers education forms an integral part of our wider enrichment curriculum: a comprehensive suite of learning pathways, each geared towards provisioning our students with the skills needed to take their next steps in life. All OASB students benefit from 6 hours of enrichment a week at KS3 and 8 hours a week at KS4.

Across Years 7 & 8, students each complete a total of 12 extended, six week-long units of work, in collaboration with a range of external business partners. These projects encourage independent thought, as well as providing sector-specific acumen to help students begin to shape their careers path. Our list of KS3 external partners is outlined below:

Y7: EY, The Conrad Hotel, Build Studios, PwC

Y8: Globe BMG, Wahaca, Facebook, PwC

External provision varies between organisations. However, each six lesson unit guarantees at least a third of all content to be delivered by our external partners. We believe this approach provides our students with the broadest possible survey of career opportunities, giving them the chance to interact directly with professionals, while fulfilling a range of sector-relevant project briefs. Across all units of work, sessions are supervised and co-facilitated by a member of our permanent teaching staff, with all regular external trainers undergoing appropriate background checks.

At KS4, students begin to specialise their careers education, selecting a generalised field for more in-depth investigation. As with previous years, our young people’s development is strongly supported by a combination of permanent teaching staff and external sector expertise. Moving into Y11, students are given the autonomy to select and commit to a long-term project, developed and delivered by a wide range of professional associates. Throughout these mentoring experiences, students benefit from tailored 1-to-1 advice, as well as gaining a professional reference from their supervisor, upon completion. At all times, communication between external mentors and students is carried out through approved and comprehensively-monitored channels.

In addition to these transparently sector-linked units of work, we also develop students’ broader employability, through the explicit teaching of ‘soft skills’ during enrichment time. Students benefit from units linked to public speaking (working in partnership with Debate Mate), vocal projection and using persuasive language. Finally, we work to ensure that all students across KS3&4 benefit from 6 hours of tuition (as a minimum), linked to personal finance. These schemes, covering topics as diverse as budgeting, credit vs. debit and emerging financial technologies, form a cornerstone of our ongoing partnership with Young Money, as we work towards accreditation as a Centre of Excellence for Financial Education (more info available at:

Measuring Impact:

As an organisation, we first opened our doors to students in 2013. As such, our ever-developing careers programme has yet to return its first cohort of graduates. That said, we believe that our robust commitment to internal evaluation, in addition to our pooled experience of delivering high-quality careers education in previous organisations has helped us to forge a data-informed careers network which adequately supports all students. By applying the same models and metrics to our careers curricula as those that guide our core subject teaching, we’ve developed a programme which delivers profound impact.

We aim to more definitely review the effectiveness of our careers teaching upon the graduation of our founding cohort, in July 2020.

Oasis Academy South Bank Careers Plan

At OASB, our vision is that every young person has an opportunity to progress into employment, and to have a career with prospects. We aim for every student to develop strong values and characteristics that ensure they have happy and fulfilled lives. Please click here to view our careers plan.


Key contacts for careers education

KS5 Careers & Enrichment Lead: Michael Slavinsky


KS3&4 Careers & Enrichment Lead: Nick Bentley


External Links

Exploring Careers:

Videos of young adults explaining their day to day roles, as well as how they progressed to the job they are in

Student Ladders: 

Find and apply for work experience in a wide range of careers which range from 1 day to 2 weeks. Work experience is a great way to learn more about a future career and help you make a decision about it in the future

Exploring Pathways:

If you know you want to go to university, explore the courses available at all UK universities with UCAS subject guide. It will guide you as to what A-Levels you should consider taking, a summary of what it is like to study that subject, as well as what future careers you could progress onto

If you would like to train and earn a salary when you complete your GCSEs, then an apprenticeship would be the best option. The UCAS guide has all the information on the different types of apprenticeships, what entry requirements are required, and how to apply for them, while BBC speaks and interviews young adults in a range of apprenticeships
BTECs are a vocational training course, that will provide you with the specific skills to work in an industry. They are offered at a number of levels, and this guide explains the difference between them as well as what you can then progress onto when you complete your BTEC. The BBC site provides practical information – including combining A-Levels with BTECs – to help inform your post 16 pathways
Exploring Professional Skills: