Careers information and guidance is available to all. At the Warren; we want all students to make good choices for the future – ‘informed decisions are good decisions’

Your School Careers Advisor is:

Miss Lyus

You can contact her Monday to Thursday at lunchtime in the Music Department


Careers is to help students think about and plan their future; Careers is to help students find out which pathway is best for them. To enable good understanding and positive attitudes, we aim to engage with parents and give them access to Careers: Bill Law’s ‘Community Interaction Theory’ states how our perceptions about careers are gained from within our communities. By working in partnership we hope to ensure positive outcomes for all our students.

At Warren we aim to provide timely, impartial advice and guidance.


Careers information is provided to students in different formats –

In person through:

  • 1:1 interviews are available in year 9 and year 11 to look at future pathways.
  • 1:1 Careers interviews are available in year 12 & 13 to students who are unsure what they want to do.
  • Careers sessions are provided to students through PSCHE lessons and presentation lessons given to each tutor group at each transition stage
  • Future Pathways programme at sixth form.
  • Careers information and pathways are included in schemes of learning at every key stage annually.
  • Careers trips to a range of places including Careers Events, Insight days and to visits to Further and Higher Education Colleges

In written form through:

  • a noticeboard outside the library
  • Careers books, magazines and information is available in the library.
  • University/ Futures area within the sixth form common room.
  • Future Pathways programme at sixth form.

Interactively through internet links:

  • FAST TOMATO – an Online Career Guidance platform for 12-18 year olds which students all have access to and are able to repeat and explore as they wish.
  • Google Classroom
  • Useful websites



Pathways is the term used to refer to the different paths students may take. At secondary school these will occur at KS4 & KS5. Pathways are the qualifications with their levels and the routes that students can take to acquire them.

Look at the ‘Levels and Qualifications’ table showing these pathways.

Choosing an appropriate pathway will involve choosing an appropriate course and where to do it.









For a full description of qualifications click below:



What is the difference between GCSE and BTEC?

  • GCSEs have more exam assessment. BTEC have different grades: Pass, Merit and Distinction
BTEC Pass(P) = GCSE C/5 BTEC Merit(M) = GCSE B/6 BTEC Distinction(D) = GCSE A/8 BTEC Distinction*(D*) = GCSE A*/9

What is a pass at GCSE?

  • Grade 4 is the lowest pass to be accepted. Grades 5 + are ‘Good’ grades; Grades 1-3 are needed for L2 qualifications


What is the difference between BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Extended Diploma?

  • BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas can be taken alongside A Levels. Extended Diplomas are the equivalent to 3 Levels.

The passes have points which can be used to qualify for university courses:

In applications submitted for 2018 admissions onwards, the Level 3 BTEC Nationals (QCF) will qualify for the following UCAS tariff points. :



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