Careers Provision at DGS

Careers at a Glance at DGS and Didcot Sixth Form

Much of our DGS Careers work is centred around fulfilling all of the Gatsby Benchmarks.  We are delighted to say we are one of the leading schools in Oxfordshire, based on our progress towards the Benchmarks.

DGS careers journey

D6 Careers Journey

Information and Guidance at DGS

Careers signpostHead of Careers at DGS is Mr George

DGS also employs the services of a Careers Adviser, from Adviza, Angela. Angela has an office in the Wellbeing Centre and is in school every Wednesday. On Wednesday lunchtimes, Angela runs a drop-in session to which students from all years are welcome. Angela provides impartial careers information, advice and guidance.

Contact Angela via: 07827 947326 or Email:

Useful WebsitesUnifrog

Unifrog: Excellent careers website that can be used for researching Jobs, Colleges and 6th Forms (including typical pay, future labour market prediction by job and qualifications required), recording career interactions, writing your CV and Personal Statement, and applications for Apprenticeships. Lots of useful interactive career tools, including a career matching personality test and lots of useful articles about almost anything to do with careers.


Information on your option choices at 13, 16 & 18 as well as over 1000 jobs and careers. Look at the 'eCLIPS Section'  to find out about average salaries, predicted levels of emplowment in the future and more. Suitable for years 7-13.

Log in details: Password: CareersDGS123

Useful careers information provided by Oxfordshire County Council for young people aged 8-19, including post-16 options and job and apprenticeship vacancies for Oxfordshire.   

Local and national Apprenticeships and Traineeships, including a search facility for finding opportunities to match your needs. Unifrog also has a great section on Apprenticeships.


A really good website for helping you choose the right A levels, especially if you plan to go onto University.

The website for researching university courses, entry requirements and more. Now also includes information on options after GCSEs and on higher/degree level Apprenticeships.

A new type of qualification, which you can study for Further Education, are T’Levels.  Go to the link above and then scroll down to view short videos explaining what they are. 

A Guide to Qualifications

and What They Mean in Terms of Levels

The more qualifications you gain and the higher the level of your achievement, the more options will be available to you in the future.

Learning doesn't stop when you leave school. It's important to continue developing your skills and knowledge throughout your life. Qualifications act as markers along the way, showing what you have achieved and what you can do.

Once you have left full-time education, there are different ways to gain qualifications - by assessment in the workplace, by studying at home through distance learning, by using computer packages at an open-learning centre, or by attending classes on a full-or part-time basis. There is a wide range of subjects, study options and qualifications, and you may find there are several routes to achieving your career ambitions.

Whichever qualification/s you choose, first take a careful look at the entry requirements. Discuss with teachers/tutors and others who know your abilities your chances of meeting those requirements, then aim for your personal best. To enter some careers, gaining the right qualifications is essential. For others, certain combinations of qualifications may be useful or preferred.

There are qualifications in literally thousands of subjects; they also come in different sizes and levels. In very simple terms, qualifications can broadly be divided into three types:

  • Academic - covering knowledge of such subjects as geography or English
  • Broad-based, work-related, vocational - covering a broad area of work (such as business or health and social care)
  • Job-related, occupational - covering the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to learn about or train for a specific job or job area.

Qualifications can be compared in terms of level (i.e. challenge/difficulty) and size. The levels are:

  • Entry level (split into entry 1, 2 and 3)
  • Level 1: e.g. GCSEs at grades 3-1
  • Level 2: e.g. GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • Level 3: e.g. A level at grade A-E
  • Levels 4-8: HE (higher education) qualifications (including degree, Higher National and postgraduate qualifications) and certain professional qualifications.

For a detailed list of qualification and their level, go to:













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