Parents & Carers

Careers Guernsey newsletter - Summer 2017

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Welcome to the summer edition of our parents and carers newsletter

It's the summer holidays, a time for us to reflect on our work over the past year, to plan for the next academic year and to recharge our batteries with the occasional trip to the beach! We are still open to the public throughout the summer and our Careers Advisers will be available to support your son/daughter during exam results.

In this summer edition newsletter we have some information for you about GCSE results day and Post-16 applications, as well as some of our usual features. As always, if there is any information that you would like included in these newsletters then please let us know.

Our next newsletter will be available in the autumn term.

You can also follow us @CareersGuernsey on Twitter to keep up to date!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!


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Year 11

Exam results season is upon us with students collecting their BTEC, AS and A-Levels, IB Diploma and GCSE results throughout August. Year 11 students will able to collect their GCSE results from their respective school on Thursday 24th August. A reminder that the grading for GCSE qualifications is changing, see diagram below. Some schools will notice that English Language is the first new GCSE to use the new grading system this year with all other subjects to follow suit over the next few years.

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Post-16 applications

By now, if your son/daughter has applied to Post-16 courses, they will be holding an offer letter. Post-16 offers for the Sixth Form Centre and the College of FE are subject to your son/daughter achieving certain grades in their exams. Below is some information about the entry requirements at the Sixth Form Centre and the College of FE and what to do should your son/daughter have any concerns with their Post-16 application.

Please note it is not too late for your son/daughter to apply to the Sixth Form Centre or the College of FE for a course starting this September. See contact details below for making a late application.

The Sixth Form Centre

A reminder that acceptance into the Sixth Form requires a minimum of 5 GCSE grades A*-C (or equivalent) including English Language, depending on your programme of study. Many courses have subject-specific entry criteria which can be found in the online prospectus, see link to the prospectus below.

Following receipt of GCSE results

If your son/daughter meets the entry requirements for the Sixth Form Centre and they have received a letter with written confirmation of their place, there is no need to contact the Sixth Form Centre for further verification.

If your son/daughter does not meet the entry requirements for the Sixth Form, they will not have a place confirmed. In this case they will need to contact Mr Kieran James at the Sixth Form Centre following receipt of their GCSE results. Mr James will be available in school between 9.00am and 12.00 noon on Tuesday 29th August, Wednesday 30th August and Thursday 31st August on telephone number 251126. Requests made after midday on 31st August will not be processed before the start of term. Should the telephone revert to answer phone, please leave a message so that he can return your call.

College of Further Education

Staff from the College of FE will be available at schools on results day to help advise students about their college applications. The College of FE will also be holding some information, advice and guidance days after GCSE results for people who have queries about their applications, for those who may wish to make a change to their application and for any late applications. The dates for these advice days are Friday 25th & Tuesday 29th August.

Following these days the College of FE will be running their enrolment days for all new students commencing courses this September, the enrolment days are Wednesday 30th & Thursday 31st August. Further details about the arrangements for the enrolment sessions can be found on the poster below.

The College of FE is open throughout the summer holidays, for queries contact 737500.

A reminder that our Careers Advisers are available throughout the summer holidays if your son/daughter wants support with their options, or Tel: 706565.

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Year 11 & Year 10

In consultation with schools we have now finalised our work experience arrangements for 2017-18, see details below to find out the work placement dates for your son/daughters school.

Work Experience Timetable for 2017-2018

  • Les Voies School - all year round (Years 10 & 11)

  • Le Murier School - November/March/June (Year 10 & 11)
  • St Anne's School, Alderney - 30 Oct-3 Nov 2017 (Year 11)
  • Les Beaucamps School - 19-23 March 2018 (Year 10)
  • La Mare De Carteret High School - 30 April - 4 May 2018 (Year 10)
  • Grammar School - 25-29 June 2018 (Year 10)
  • St Sampson's High School - 9-13 July 2018


The summer term was a busy time for GWEx (Guernsey Work Experience) with a number of schools going out on work experience. Thank you to all the employers for supporting work experience, in total over 400 employers gave placements to students during 2016-17.

Some more numbers from our work during 2016-17:

  • 1400 students participated in a work experience placement
  • 220 careers guidance interviews completed in schools & Post-16
  • 1600 people attended the EY Careers & Skills Show
  • 514 Year 6 students completed our Primary Careers Project
  • 40 Universities attended our HE Event in the spring
  • 385 Year 10 students participated in our Raising Aspiration Events
  • 1 office relocation!


The dream career for many young people

Games have come a long way since they were first introduced in the 1960s. Games designers have made it possible for us to battle the forces of evil, collect clues to solve mysteries and even manage our own football team! Handheld consoles and mobile technology also allow us to play word games, puzzles, quizzes or arcade games wherever we might be!

Working in computer games doesn't just mean developing games for the most popular consoles. Work is also available in the design and development of games for tablet devices, PCs, smartphones and the web.

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Career opportunities are available with independent games developers and with some games publishers who run their own games development studios. Employers range in size from those employing only a few people, to international companies that employ hundreds of staff. Some companies focus on only one area of production, such as animation or art work, and may only work on one aspect of a game, under contract to another developer.

Depending on your role, to work in games design and development, you may need:

  • a good imagination and creative skills
  • to be able to work well in a team
  • technical expertise - for many roles
  • problem-solving skills
  • perseverance and patience, as it can take several years to develop a new game!

All employers look for candidates who are passionate about computer games and enjoy playing them. Those working in games design also have to be aware of all the latest developments in technology and how these developments affect games and how they're played.

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Entry requirements

Building up a portfolio of your work will demonstrate your skills and commitment when applying for courses and jobs. Depending on the area of games design/development you want to work in, useful GCSE subjects include maths, science (particularly physics), computer science, and art and design.

With around 4-5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-5/4 (or equivalent) there are options to take A-Level subjects at the Sixth Form Centre such as Art & Design, Media Studies, Computer Science, Maths and Physics. The College of FE offers BTEC Level 3 programs in ICT and Art & Design which can provide a background for this type of work. There are also courses in Art & Design and ICT available at Level 2 which upon successful completion could lead on to a Level 3 program.

Most entrants to the industry hold higher education qualifications. At this level, foundation degree, HNC/D and degree courses are available in subjects such as computer games development, computer games technology, and games design. You should look carefully at the range of courses on offer, to see what each covers. In general, courses that lead to a BA degree usually cover creative areas, such as the visual appearance of games, whereas BSc courses are likely to cover more technical aspects of development and design, such as software development.

Some courses focus on more specific areas of the work. For example, there are specialist higher education courses in:

  • games programming; software engineering and game development
  • games art; graphics for games
  • computer games animation; games modelling, animation and effects
  • computer games design: story development.

To explore the range of University level courses see:

See the buttons below for further information on a career in games design. You can also contact us should you need some further advice and support

The feature career in our next newsletter is an Architect


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The Digital World

There are so many leisure, personal, medical and commercial applications for computers that it's impossible to imagine a world without them. For example, in the workplace they are used in:

  • the storage, processing and analysis of information
  • the wordprocessing and desktop publishing of documents
  • accounting, trading and financial forecasting
  • producing multimedia websites, DVDs etc
  • online sales and marketing
  • manufacturing processes

ICT professionals work in many different sectors such as defence, education, retail, transport, insurance and healthcare. There are many jobs at all levels from a help desk operator or computer salesperson to a software developer or a big data engineer.

Technology is always changing and the demand for ICT professionals is increasing as every sector needs their skills. Below are 10 digital careers that are in demand nationally:

1. Data Analyst

2. App Development

3. Digital Marketers

4. Coders

5. Software Development

6. Cyber Security

7. Cloud Computing

8. Project Managers

9. Web Developers

10. Circuit Designers

To find out more about these careers in demand and other opportunities in the digital industry, click on the buttons below.

Digital Greenhouse Pathways

Local profiles of individuals working in the digital and creative sector


UK Industry resource

A-Z of job profiles

National Careers Service England resource

The subject in focus in our next newsletter is Geography


Careers Guernsey is the careers service for the Bailiwick and is part of the States of Guernsey, Education Services. We provide free, impartial and independent careers advice and guidance - whatever your age. Find out more by visiting our website.
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