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Work Experience

Work Experience

 Year 10 Work Experience

In Year 10 work experience is about giving students a general introduction to the workplace and experience what it is like to be at work. It enables students to understand how school subjects can be applied in the world of work and enables them to develop and practice employability skills. One clear benefit is how the experience builds self-confidence in students and can give them renewed focus in curriculum subjects. With regard to future career paths it can be used to confirm choices or change minds before students decide on post-16 courses. For some students work experience in year 10 had led to part-time work or apprenticeship opportunities.

Year 12 Work Experience

In the Sixth Form, there is an additional opportunity for students to undertake work experience during July of Year 12. Work Experience at this stage should be in the sector/role linked to students’ career aspirations. It is particularly useful for students applying for vocational degrees at university e.g., Veterinary Science, Medicine, Nursing and Teaching. It is also helpful for those students seeking an apprenticeship or other employment opportunities after their A-level studies.

Virtual Work Experience

There are many virtual work experience opportunities being offered to young people and Mrs Haines will continue to share these directly with students via school email. However, if you want to see what’s currently on offer Speakers for Schools is a good site that lists virtual work experience opportunities students can sign up to, that are run outside school hours. Students can register directly with Speakers for Schools to be notified of all their experiences on offer as they are advertised.

General Work Experience Information – 2021/22

Work experience information for employers

Work Experience -Health & safety Executive information


Employer Links

Burford School is proud to be supported by a vast array of employers from many different sectors who all contribute significantly to our careers education programme.

You can read more here

We are always looking for employer volunteers to support us – if you would like to support careers-related activities at Burford School, please get in contact with Mrs Haines, Careers Leader via email –


Apprenticeships and T Levels


An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.


It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.


Find out how to become an apprentice, what apprenticeships are available and which employers offer them here.


Students can sign up for an apprenticeship account at the Government apprenticeship vacancy site here. This will enable you to:


  • search hundreds of apprenticeships
  • save any apprenticeships you like
  • get alerts about new apprenticeships
  • apply for an apprenticeship


You can also find lots of information at Amazing Apprenticeships


T Levels

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A-levels. These 2-year courses, which launched in September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of approximately 45 days.


T Levels will become one of the main choices for students after GCSE alongside:

  • apprenticeships for students who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’.
  • A-levels for students who wish to continue academic education.


T Level courses include the following compulsory elements:

  • a technical qualification, which includes:
    • core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area
    • specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career
  • an industry placement with an employer
  • a minimum standard in maths and English if students have not already achieved them


T Levels have UCAS points and are an alternative qualification to A-levels for Higher Education.


For more information visit T Levels | The Next Level Qualification




Amazing Apprenticeships

Resources, support for and list of apprenticeship opportunities – good for all things apprenticeship!


Barclays Lifeskills :

Helps young people develop the skills they need to succeed in future careers

Aimed at people of all ages, this website will help you get the advice you need for future skills, careers, and work and life choices. Helpline available too: 0800 100 900, they will call you back if on a mobile.

Website for school and college leavers that lists apprenticeship and employment opportunities

Explore your career options and see where your degree could take you.

Useful careers information provided by Oxfordshire County Council for young people aged 8-19, including job and apprenticeship vacancies in Oxfordshire.

Website for helping students choose the right A’ levels, especially if you plan to go onto University.

Explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers and search for jobs, courses and advice.


Helping Your Child Begin Their Career Journey

Here is a handy guide for Parents and carers Help your child to begin their career journey.

One stop shop for help and advice with study and careers questions

Lots of useful information from employers. Find out what skills and qualities employers are looking for, get ideas on how to develop and demonstrate your skills, learn how to impress at interview and more!

The website for researching university courses, entry requirements, writing personal statements and more. Now also includes information on options after GCSE’s



Labour Market Information (LMI)

Labour Market Information effectively describes the world of work – ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, promotional prospects, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed, etc. Crucially for young people, LMI also covers future demand – what kinds of jobs will be in demand after leaving school and what kinds of skills will be needed?


It is important for students to have access to LMI so they can see what roles are available, what qualifications are needed, how much you can earn, what the progression routes are etc.


Students and parents can see LMI data for a wide range of career options supplied by the National Careers Service here.


LMI for Oxfordshire can be found here.

LMI for The Cotswolds can be found here.


Part-time Work

Please see here some frequently asked questions about part time work and child employment. You may not be aware that employers should apply for a work permit when they employ a child (anyone under school leaving age). If your child has a part time job (this does not include babysitting), you should have been asked to sign the work permit.

Child employment falls under the county council’s remit and you can find advice for businesses employing children here: Employing children | Oxfordshire County Council 

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