My courses and careers

This compulsory award category will form the foundation of everything else you learn. Exploring education and career opportunities will help you to focus on where you want to go and what you want to do after school or college.

As part of your education and in planning for your career you are developing skills. Every lesson gives you the chance to develop skills such as researching for your history essay or developing your problem solving skills in maths. With career planning you can develop the ability to investigate and evaluate your career options by attending career fairs, university open days and job or apprenticeship interviews.

For this category we need you to demonstrate these skills, which will help to define the path that will shape your future.

You’ll be encouraged to talk about your skills and ambitions with the people who know you best, whether friends, parents, carers or teachers.

Activity ideas

Get to know whoever’s responsible for giving careers advice in school or college and pick their brain – that’s what they’re there for.

Activities that count towards this category include mock interview training, post 18 options research such as attendance at UCAS fairs and university open days.

You can find useful information and advice about what to do next on the National Careers Service website – whether that’s continuing on to higher education, signing up to an apprenticeship or becoming an entrepreneur. Careers near here provides a wide range of local career opportunities. If it’s a gap year you’re considering, check out the information and advice on the Prospects and UCAS websites.

How to enter

To enter the Embark award simply complete 18 STAR activity records in total. 6 of these must be in the ‘My courses and careers’ category. You then need to write one reflective statement. Explore other categories and find out more about how to enter.