Careers & Options Advice

Our Careers Department aims to ensure that students have accurate and up-to-date information to help them reach an informed decision, having considered a range of options. The careers department provides the resources to enable our students to explore and develop their career aspirations. 
The broad range of skills and talents that we have encountered in our students over the years have given us experience in a wide range of career routes, higher education courses and vocational options. 

We encourage our students to explore careers options from an early age and work hard to link them to contacts or alumni who are already working in the areas in which they are interested. We work closely with the academic and pastoral teams to support and guide students in achieving their career aspirations.

Students have a wealth of opportunities to discover a wide range of careers. There is our biennial Careers and Higher Education Convention, which is well supported by nationwide and overseas universities, as well as large and small companies and individuals.


One of the distinct advantages of the Careers Department is the access that we have to such a diverse and successful network of former pupils.

There are frequent speakers in school giving career related talks and we look forward to welcoming back ex-pupils to share their experiences with current students.

Our pupils make an impact everywhere, in every continent and in every profession. The assurance, tenacity and warmth of them impresses employers and admissions officers in equal measure.

Whether they are eminent medics, leading journalists, international sports stars, award winning actors, renowned academics or dedicated public servants, it is fair to say that Bury Grammar School has proudly played a part in the success of so many ex-students who are making a difference to our society.

Years 7 & 8

Our Year 7 students take part in a cross-curricular careers project, which explores the world of work.Students research a variety of careers and go on to lead and manage their own Careers Fair, which our Year 6 students enjoy visiting.

At BGS Year 8 is the crucial GCSE options year. Parents and students are invited to the Year 8 Options evening, which is followed by individual options interviews with senior staff, ahead of making their GCSE choices. Students are encouraged to research subject/career links in advance of their option choices.

Years 9, 10 & 11

Throughout Key Stage 4, visits for aspiring Oxbridge applicants are arranged during their GCSE courses and potential applicants for Competitive Courses will start a structured programme of preparation and advice led by our Competitive Courses Coordinator.

In Year 10 students have the opportunity to complete a week of Work Experience in the summer term. Students are encouraged to find placements based on their career interests

In Year 11 students are invited to attend our Sixth Form Open Evening, which signals the start of the A Level Options process. 
Sixth Form experience days give a taste of the next stage of the BGS journey and provide a valuable opportunity to work with our highly skilled Sixth Form team who offer support and advice on their next steps.

sixth form

In Year 12 students are encouraged to apply for ‘taster courses’ and also to arrange their own university Open Day visits.  

Sixth Form students can hone their debating and leadership skills, whilst exploring potential careers, by taking part in numerous events and competitions, for example, the Sir Rhys Davies Mock Law Trial and the Young Enterprise competition

In Year 13 all students are offered practice interviews, and additional support is offered to students applying for courses that have specific requirements
BGS sixth formers get specialist help for the rigorous university admissions tests, such as the BMAT, LNAT and UKCAT.