Arthur Mellows Village College

Delivering learning for life within an aspirational culture

Careers Guidance and Information

Welcome to the careers section of our website.

NB. The careers information on our website will be reviewed on an annual basis at the end of each academic year.

‘Students receive high-quality, individualised information and guidance about careers so that they can choose the further education or training options that will match their interests and abilities, and help them access any intended future career paths.’ Ofsted 2014

At AMVC, our aim is to help students to choose a career that is right for them. We are fully committed to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all of our students and evaluate our practice against the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks. CEAIG is an integral part of our provision for all students and it is taught within the PSHE (Personal Social Health and Education) curriculum within all key stages, although there is some cross-over into subjects. For further details on how careers information is integrated into the school please select the link below; this careers plan is supplemented by additional activities throughout the year.

Careers Framework - PHSE at AMVC

All students are entitled to independent and impartial advice and guidance. This could be via a designated website, PHSE lessons, careers events or our dedicated Careers department.

The Team

Staff Member

Job Title

Mr N Steele

Senior Manager with responsibility for Careers and Work Experience

Mrs Z Young

PHSE / Careers Co-Ordinator

Miss J Stark

Sixth Form Careers

Mrs S Clarke

Work Experience Co-Ordinator

Whilst the Careers Team are available to support students through their career decisions, we recognise that our students also receive support in making decisions for their future education and careers from parents/carers. There are a number of useful guides available for parents to support their child through to making the right decisions:


The Role Of Parents

Target Careers Parents' Guide to Supporting Careers

Career Alchemy - Advice for Parents and Teens

UK Careers - Parental Advice


The qualifications available to students are changing. There are many qualifications available to suit students who have different ways of learning.

Current Guide to qualifications

CEIAG in Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Year 9 is an important year for students; they get to choose which subjects and qualifications to study within Key Stage 4, albeit the academic traditional GCSE qualifications or the revised rigorous vocational qualifications of Technical Awards. This is the first opportunity that they get to make decisions that may affect their future career. Our students are thoroughly prepared for this during their PSHE lessons, assemblies, informal information advice and guidance session with their progress tutor, options evening and careers convention.

It is important for students to choose the right courses as they can: determine the sixth form that they go to; determine the qualifications that a student may take at Level 3; be used to assess if a student is suitable for a particular course at University; or affect the career a student is suitable for in the future.

CEIAG in Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11)

As soon as their GCSEs and Technical Awards are under-way students begin to look towards the next transition in their lives. PSHE lessons and assemblies are used to inform students of their choices post-16. Their choices are: full time study in a school, college or training provider; an apprenticeship, traineeship or supported internship; or full time or volunteering (20 hours or more) combined with part time accredited study.

To assist with this process, students take part in a mock interview in Year 10. They complete an application form and CV and are then interviewed by a local employer who has been kind enough to give up their time to help our students.

Later in their courses, Year 10 students take part in work experience. This is normally during the final 2 weeks of the Summer term. Students can self-place (by finding a placement that interests them and work there as an employee) or they can select from the vast database of employers we have access to. 

Finally, Year 11 students begin to think about and choose which subjects and qualifications to study within Key Stage 5. A typical student who opts for the academic A level route undertakes 3 A levels along with an additional qualification such as STEP Mathematics, Core Mathematics, and the Extended Project Qualification. If a student did not achieve a grade 4 or above in English or maths at GCSE, they are required to continue to study these subjects regardless of the pathway that they have chosen.

At this stage, students also decide upon where they would like to study. This may be AMVC’s Sixth Form or it may be a Sixth Form College or Further Education College within our vicinity. In the past, our students have gone on to study at a range of institutions, including, New College Stamford and Peterborough Regional College, in addition to AMVC’s Sixth Form.

‘Every young person will be presented with two choices after the age of 16: an academic route, traditionally via A levels and university, leading to graduate jobs, and a technical route for those seeking to gain the technical knowledge and skills required for entering skilled employment.’ (Careers Strategy, December 2017). Currently, there are a wide range of vocational qualifications, however there are changes afoot with the introduction of T Levels. T Levels, together with Apprenticeships, will provide a high quality technical experience for young people.

T Levels are a high quality technical route for young people. They include an industry placement and give students the knowledge and practical skills needed to progress into skilled employment or higher levels of technical training. First teaching of T Levels begins in September 2020 with the first three pathways: construction (building, services, engineering pathway); digital (software applications design pathway); and childcare and education (education pathway).

Further information can be found on the Post-16 Options page of the careers area of the website.

Students can request an interview and help from our Careers Advisor, at any time.

CEIAG in Key Stage 5 (Year 12-13)

During sixth form, AMVC students receive a wealth of information on higher education, Apprenticeships and careers opportunities.

Throughout Year 12 and Year 13, students have careers talks and feature talks that can include: employability workshops, studying abroad, alternatives to higher education, working abroad, gap years, CV writing, UCAS, student finance, Apprenticeships and work experience.

During Year 12 students participate in higher education days which includes visits to two contrasting universities; and they attend the UCAS and Apprenticeship conventions. They are encouraged to attend Higher Education open days and our post-18 Information Evening, and students are supported through the university (UCAS) application process.  Students are also encouraged to organise work experience placements relevant to their studies.

In Year 13 students continue to research their next step and attend visits and interviews for universities, colleges, apprenticeships or work.

Sixth Form students can request an interview and help from our Careers Advisor, at any time.