Careers Support

It is vital that young people are given the best education, advice and guidance on all the education and training opportunities available to them post-16. Here at Co-op Academy Swinton we have a dedicated Careers Adviser, Ms Loughnan, to give our students Careers Guidance from Years 8-11 through one-to-one interviews and drop-in sessions. Ms Loughnan is in the Academy on Mondays and is based in room HU7.

Personal interviews with our Careers Adviser are held with students in Years 8, 10 and 11. In Year 8 all our students meet with the Careers Adviser in the Spring Term to discuss their Pathways Choices and ensure they choose the relevant subjects for their chosen career paths. In Year 10 our students are provided with whole class seminars on the world of work, followed up by personal interviews on request.

In Year 11 all students have a personal focused interview in the Autumn Term, an action plan is put in place and a follow up interview planned for the Spring Term. In September each year we also hold our annual Careers Information Evening for Year 11 students and their parents/carers. Representatives from local colleges, work-based training providers and members of the Learning Skills Council always attend the event.


We have a careers section in the library with a range of careers information and college/university prospectuses which our students can access during library time. There is also a careers notice board in Lower Hall which has information on college open evenings, apprenticeship vacancies as well as general careers information.

We work closely with many local colleges and universities and often feature links to their latest information.

The University of Manchester offers a number of Pre-University schemes that give students a taste of higher education learning, life and the opportunity to earn a reduced A-Level offer to study with them for their undergraduate degrees. You can apply during sixth form but keep a look out for when applications open after receiving your GCSE results! Visit them at:

Inspiring CEIAG Gold Award Status

We are delighted to announce that we now have the ‘Gold Standard Inspiring IAG Award’ in recognition of the careers education, information and guidance we offer. Inspiring IAG is a quality award which focuses on careers education, and/or information, advice and guidance (CE/IAG). The award has been designed to enable organisations who work with young people to not only deliver and be recognised for good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance, but to also assist them to meet legislation, prepare for inspection and provide a better service.