Careers 2017-08-09T11:09:21+00:00


Careers education is delivered across the school in many ways:

Personal support

Pupils receive one period per week of personal support by their guidance teacher from S1- S4.

Part of this is dedicated to a comprehensive progressive careers education package. Guidance staff advises pupils on the most appropriate learner journey and give them up to date careers information regarding their aspirations for a positive destination.

Personal & Social Education

In S5 and S6 pupils receive one period a week. Again there is a strong careers focus. A wealth of external speakers promoting employment, training, further and higher education visit the school. Pupils are also given the opportunity to visit careers fairs and other awareness raising events. A UCAS class runs weekly to support those who are applying for University.

Curricular Departments

All departments try to prepare pupils by incorporating skills for life, learning and work within their courses. They will also provide up to date careers information regarding their subject and what careers success in their area may lead to. They may also work with business partners or other appropriate agencies. This area has been enhanced in recent years since the launch of, “Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce”.

Work placements/Volunteering

From S4 onwards pupils are given the opportunity to experience a work placement at a time and place suitable to their specific learner journey. This may be one full week placement in S4 or it may be an afternoon per week all year whilst the pupil is in S6. The purpose is to help the pupil confirm their career aspirations, raise awareness of the work place and help to develop appropriate skills and attitudes.

Skills Development Scotland

Careers Advisers

Throughout your time at school you’ll have to make some big decisions about your future, and that’s where Skills Development Scotland’s highly qualified Careers Advisers come in.

Christine Maxwell and Liz Martin are based right here in the school to give you the careers support you need throughout your time with us.

Through a combination of group sessions, one-to-one interviews and drop in clinics Christine or Liz will help you understand how your personality, interests and values are key to making the right career decisions. They can also help you understand how to develop and use your talents and skills, explore where they could take you, and identify who can help you along on your career journey. All to help you plan for and manage your career.

To find out more about the support on offer please contact:

Christine Maxwell                                                 Liz Martin

Email:                   Email:

Telephone: 07917 815114                              Telephone: 07789 942228

Or speak to your guidance teacher for further information.

You can also visit us on for information on local events, training and job opportunities, job search hints and tips, or to contact the South Ayrshire Careers Team on 01292 281421.

My World of Work

My World of Work is Scotland’s online careers information and advice service – offering tools to help you choose a career. You’ll also find information and advice on topics like CVs and interviews, learning and training, job vacancies and apprenticeships. If you’re a parent, there’s advice on how to support your child as they make career decisions. To find out more go to, follow @mywowscotland on Twitter or My World of Work on Facebook. From Skills Development Scotland.

Focus West

Ayr Academy is the only South Ayrshire School which participates in the Focus West programme.

University students speak to pupils in S1 and S2 and try to raise their aspirations within education. In S3 a group of approximately thirty pupils are identified and are supported and encouraged. They are taken on college/university visits. This continues in S4.

In S5 there is a large input into the S5 PSE programme , “Routes for All” which continues to support and motivate pupils to choose higher of further education.

In S6 the pupils who are applying for University experience an intensive programme called, “Top Up” which supports and encourages pupils in the University applications. If they complete an assignment then they achieve additional UCAS points. As a successful graduate of this programme their University entrance grades can be slightly reduced.

MCMC group

A group consisting of many agencies meet monthly to support the most vulnerable pupils in gaining a positive destination.