Matthew Arlnold School


Careers Information Advice and Guidance

Careers Lead      Miss Frankie di Palma

Careers Administration Support Miss May Elamin

Both Miss di Palma and Miss Elamin can also be contacted by telephone through the main reception 01865 862 232

Careers Advice and Guidance Services

Careers Education Policy

Careers Advice Information - For Parents/Carers

Careers Newsletter

eCLIPS - an online tool that offers a wide range of information about careers

Comprehensive careers information

With clear and impartial descriptions of jobs, entry requirements and training options, including live-streamed information from LMI for All, eCLIPS provides users with all the information they need to make informed careers decisions. It caters for all abilities and stages with information ranging from basic to in-depth descriptions with links for further exploration.

There's help for users looking for career ideas, with leaflets providing a broad overview of career areas, careers linked to school subjects and an interactive career matching tool. In addition, eCLIPS provides a wealth of advice to help young people choose study and employment options, and prepare for the world of work.

Information You Can Trust

Schools and careers professionals have trusted eCLIPS for over 30 years. The information on eCLIPS is researched and written by our team of experienced, professional careers authors and is regularly updated to reflect the latest developments in education, training and the labour market. Over 700 industry experts are regularly consulted and asked to comment.

Quick, easy and unlimited   

Students and parents can ask Miss Elamin ( for the logon details and Password


Useful Links for Teachers, Students and Families

BBC Bitesize Careers  A very useful website with lots of job ideas and information

MyWorldofWork Helpful for parents and carers too

GoConstruct Showcases the many career opportunities available in construction and the built environment. 

Labour market information Oxfordshire   Find out about trending careers in Oxfordshire

NotGoingToUni Explore options outside of the traditional university route

UCAS Alternatives to going to university

OXME Oxfordshire Education, Employment and Training Services

Local volunteer centre 

Free courses

Government Kickstart scheme A temporary employment programme

Find Your Future Oxlep website

Get Into Medicine

Get into Law

UCAS Higher education and university applications 

Russell Group Informed Choices

The Student Room

University of Bristol (Various options - online support and various taster events)


Virtual Open Evening at Abingdon and Witney College


City Of Oxford Open Day



Work Experience Information 

NHS Work Experience Update

National Apprenticeships 

Apprenticeships Information Sheet

Information from the Success at School careers advice service

Apprenticeships these days come in all shapes and sizes. With an apprenticeship, you could train to be a solicitor, engineer, journalist, pharmacist or graphic designer—and that's just for starters. You will also be paid a wage, and any qualifications you undertake as part of your apprenticeship—including a university degree—will be paid for by your employer.

This short video provides a good overview:

Back to basics

An apprenticeship is a paid job with training. Apprentices also work towards relevant qualifications while on the job. There are four type of apprenticeships:

  1. Intermediate: Equivalent to 5 GCSEs
  2. Advanced: Equivalent to 2 'A' Levels
  3. Higher: Equivalent to a higher education qualification, and can include a foundation degree, bachelor's (aka undergraduate) degree, or even a master's degree (a postgraduate qualification)
  4. Degree: All degree apprentices work towards a bachelor's or master's degree.

What are the basic requirements?

A basic level of literacy and numeracy is required to undertake any apprenticeship. If you don't have any GCSEs in English or Maths, you may be able to—depending on the apprenticeship—work towards a "functional skills" qualification while they do their apprenticeship. There are also traineeships students can undertake if they do not qualify for an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship statistics

Apprenticeships vs. University

This short video should help you understand whether apprenticeships or university might be better for you.

How to find an apprenticeship

Useful Links

 OxfordshireApprenticeships Local current apprenticeship vacancies and information

ApprenticeshipListings Government apprenticeship website for all of England

AmazingApprenticeships Current apprenticeship vacancies and information

ApprenticeshipGuide Current apprenticeship vacancies and information

InstituteForApprenticeships Apprenticeships and technical education

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

National Careers Service letter on apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships 2021

Higher and Degree Vacancy Listing for 2020 Recruitment

Apprenticeships on the Student Room