Careers education, guidance and work experience is an important curricular area within the whole school environment.  It is our aim to ensure that all pupils receive a programme of guidance that will prepare them for further education, training, employment and life as an adult member of society. All pupils, according to their ability and level of maturity will have the opportunity to follow a programme in careers education, guidance and work experience. Pupils from Year 9 onwards will have a ‘Transitional Plan’ in line with the Code of Practice and the pupil and parents are able to discuss continuing education options with a careers advisor on a regular basis.



Life in our Sixth Form consolidates pupils’ prior study, broadening and developing previous skills and experiences. It builds on their knowledge and understanding and helps raise aspirations and confidence in order to prepare the pupils for smooth transition into life after school.

The curriculum covers functional skills –Literacy, Numeracy and ICT, independent learning and living skills, PSHE and the world of work. The pupils’ achievements are accredited by OCR, WJEC  and Agored.

Pupils also have the opportunity to attend Cardiff and Vale College for taster vocational courses if appropriate, we currently run taster sessions in Motor Mechanics.

Pupils have access to a shared gym, sports hall, trampolines, coffee shop and library in school. Those pupils following a more sensory pathway will have use of a range of specialist rooms including a UV room, Touch Therapy, atmospherics, Holodeck and the hydrotherapy pool.

During their time in the Sixth Form pupils will undertake enrichment activities from community participation and enterprise to PE, music and drama. Where feasible they will carry out either in-school or external work experience / work awareness placements accredited by AQA as appropriate, and some will be able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Options to suit everyone

  • Learning options are more flexible and have been developed to suit individual interests, abilities and learning styles.

  • Pupils can choose from a broad range of qualifications and pathways some of which are new.

All options lead to a choice of pathways so young people can progress to further learning and/or work.

All learners are encouraged to make choices and decisions about their own lives and learning. For part of the week, learners join different groups to follow courses of their choosing which includes Design Technology, Art, Music, Photography, Bike Maintenance, Film and Media, Radio Broadcasting, Catering, Hair and Beauty, Animal Care and many more.

These courses tend to have a vocational focus and help students understand the world of work. Pupils will take part in their first work tasters during their time with us in 6th form, some going out into the community, others taking up opportunities within school. Our own coffee shop gives learners opportunities to develop their work skills in a familiar setting and to practise their social communication skills in a supported environment. In addition to this we have our very own off site commercial catering business ‘Bocs Bwyd’. This gives our students the opportunity to work in an authentic, customer facing working environment, whilst developing a supported employment model, seeing the students as co-workers and preparing them for the world of work outside of school.

YYD have achieved the Careers Wales mark for our provision in careers and the world of work.  This was reaccredited in 2021, when we received special commendation for our vocational provision.