Matthew Arlnold School


We provide access to the right information on career choices at the right time so that our students can make appropriate and well informed choices about their future.

We work with various tools and partners to fully prepare our students for the next stage in their further education and employment.

Careers Education Policy

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

Adviza Careers Guidance Portal

Whatever year you are in it’s never too soon to start researching your ideas for the future. There are a range of options and qualifications available to you and the portal will help you to find out more.  You'll find lots of useful information and links to support you so that you are equipped to make the right decisions when choosing your study options and employment routes.

Adviza have some brilliant employer webinars coming up in the next few weeks and months, for students and parents, that are bookable via the Adviza Portal.

Please contact with your/your child's name and year group and we will email you the login details. 

Labour Market Information


Find Your Future by exploring the different employment sectors available with OxLEP Skills (Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership). With 12 zones under one virtual roof- the new online careers platform makes it easy to explore and learn what local and national businesses have to offer. 

Click on this link to:

  • Explore the different employment sectors available in Oxfordshire 
  • Connect with local and national employers
  • Research post 16/18 options including colleges, apprenticeships, T Levels and universities 
  • Discover tips on the skills employers are looking for, CV writing and how to succeed at interviews  

Careers Advice

Mrs Barbara Lonergan is our Careers Adviser from Adviza

See her PowerPoint introduction to Careers interviews for year 11 students here

Careers Advice Information - for parents/carers here

Events - Year 11

College as your next step in 2021?

Watch Virtual Open Evenings from your local colleges.

Abingdon and Witney College Virtual Open Evening


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:

A Parent's Guide to Apprenticeships Video

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:

University vs Apprenticeship: what's right for my child

How to find an apprenticeship

 Useful Links

Virtual Routes into STEM is an innovative course that provides Year 9 and Year 10 students with a clear understanding of the amazing opportunities offered by STEM based careers. The course allows students to recognise the variety of opportunities available to them after taking their GCSEs, it will provide access to key information on different pathways: College and University and Apprenticeship routes through industry. The course is suitable for all academic abilities – all that is required is a genuine interest in STEM subjects.


  • Experience multiple colleges, universities, and employers across the country. 

  • Have the freedom to explore the course at their own pace, taking control of their learning. 

  • Students will understand the diverse routes available to them after studying their GCSEs – including apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships talks.

  • Experience a diverse range of live Q&A sessions during the half term. 

  • Gain their Bronze Industrial Cadets award.

 The registration for our May and July courses is now open! 


Apprenticeship vacancies
For any students considering an Apprenticeship, there is a comprehensive list of vacancies across a range of employers for them to start looking at. The following links all offer an excellent insight into apprenticeships and how to find them: