Careers Advice & Guidance

An exciting new approach to careers advice and guidance is underway at The Swanage School. The ‘employment through the curriculum’ initiative aims to deliver a range of employment related information alongside regular studies and to be accessible for all years and abilities.

Crew time (formerly tutor time) offers a dedicated opportunity to:

  • investigate career pathways – including Post-16 options and employment sectors/subject areas
  • book and engage with (virtual) work experiences in employment sectors such as health care, construction, aerospace engineering etc.
  • undertake a range of employer-led, skills and competencies training packages (leading to real qualifications) such as first aid at work, food hygiene, team communication, project management etc.
  • an option to participate in an ‘Extended Project Qualification’ that investigates an employment-led area of interest and leads to an additional GCSE or perhaps even an A/AS level qualification

The Careers Lead at the Swanage School is Alex Duke who can be contacted via the school office or by email.

Provider Access

This section sets out the school's arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at The Swanage School for the purpose of giving them information about the provider's education or training. 

All pupils in Year 7-11 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships - through events, assemblies, group discussions and visits;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact Alex Duke, Careers Lead on 01929 500599 or by email

Opportunities for access

The school offers a comprehensive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme. Please speak to Mr Duke, contact details above, to discuss a suitable opportunity to discuss your provision with students. The school can make available audio-visual and IT equipment to support provider presentations. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other course literature with the Careers Lead so that they are available for students. 

Useful Links for Careers Guidance

Morrisby Careers (formerly Fast Tomato
The Bournemouth and Poole College
Weymouth College
National Careers Service
Southern Universities Network
Become an apprentice
Young Enterprise
Careers & Enterprise company
Career Pilot
The Purbeck School sixth form                                
Lytchett Minster School sixth form                 
Poole Grammar School sixth form                 
Parkstone Grammar School sixth form
The Thomas Hardye School sixth form
Brockenhurst College