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Staff List and HOD Names

Mr C Mervyn – Head of Department

Mr M Vallely

Mrs D Vallely

Mr C Smyth

Mr B Armstrong

Mr D Convery

Mr J Hughes

Mrs K Rafferty

Mr U O’Hagan

Miss N Stitt

Mr D McGivern

Mrs C Gallagher

Aims of Department

The Careers Department in All Saints College continues to develop a wide range of innovative strategies to encourage every pupil within our school community to take ownership of his / her own individual career plan. A dedicated Careers Team has been built up within the school and strong links have been forged with local employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities. We strive to help our pupils and their parents to make informed decisions about subject choices and future career pathways. The aims of the Careers programme at All Saints College are:


  • To develop employability and enterprise skills, including teamwork and communication.

  • To help students to plan and take control of their future making informed choices at key points in their education.

  • To provide students with the relevant careers inspiration and guidance that is suitable to their personal needs including age, ability, attitudes and aptitudes.

  • To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of opportunities post 16 and post 18 including apprenticeships, school leaver programmes, Higher Education, Further Education, employment and training opportunities.

  • To help students reflect on their abilities, skills, aptitudes and attitudes, so that they can use this knowledge to consider their own personal development.

  • To provide students with impartial advice, in partnership with the Careers Service, about the options that are available to them.

  • To provide our students with up-to-date Labour Market Information

  • To provide equal opportunity of access to careers inspiration and guidance.

 To develop positive attitudes in our pupils towards study and work.

Outline of Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

Key Stage 3

Development of employability skills lessons are delivered at Key Stage 3 through LLW.  Employability lessons and opportunities, in relation to career progression within departments, are also provided in subject areas and through the Pastoral Programme. Particular emphasis is placed on:


  1. Introduction to Employability

  2. Working in the Local and Global Community

  3. Employability

  4. Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Skills

  5. Option Choices for KS4


Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students receive one period of Careers Education each week. Key Stage 4 students cover the following topics:


  1. Careers education

  2. Careers information

  3. Careers advice and guidance

  4. Work related learning

  5. Labour Market Information

  6. Development of employability skills


The Department also offers the OCN NI Level 2 Employability Skills Award.


Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 students receive two periods of Careers Education each week. Post 16 students:

  1. Research various third-level education options. These include: universities in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the USA and Continental Europe; Apprenticeships and Company School Leavers’ Programmes; Belfast Met and SERC; CAFRE; Institutes of Technology in the Republic of Ireland; Business Start-Ups; and Gap Years.

  2. Revise and update their CV

  3. Prepare for mock interviews

  4. Participate in the opportunities offered by the West Belfast Area Learning Cluster that includes University Open Days and Employment fairs

  5. Research Labour Market Information

  6. Benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers

  7. Formally plan and report on their work placement

  8. Compose a Personal Statement

  9. Receive training in applying through UCAS

  10. Students have access to on-going careers advice offered by the Careers Department and by the Careers Service


The Department also offers the OCN NI Level 2 Employability Skills Award.

Career Opportunities

The Careers Department offers a wide range of opportunities, to our Key Stage 4 and 5 students, to sample a range of different career opportunities particularly through our links with the Business in the Community organisation. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are afforded the opportunity to sample the world of work through specific work placements. This placement provides a worthwhile insight into a working environment.

Additional Information

Careers Service

Apprenticeship Providers

Local Further and Higher Education


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