Careers Information for Students

Careers & Work Related Learning at Madeley

As a student at Madeley you have the right to access Careers Information, Education and Guidance (CIAG) as well as the opportunity to gain experience of the world of work in personal development lessons, subject lessons and through work experience in Year 10.

Who can I get careers information and guidance from?

Mr S King - Faculty Leader of Science & Innovation & Creativity

Mr King is the director for Careers Information and Guidance and Work Related Learning. He is responsible for designing the Careers curriculum for all students at Madeley School.

Mrs J Kretschmer - CIAG and Work Related Learning Coordinator

Mrs Kretschmer is the Careers Information and Guidance and Work Related Learning Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating the Careers curriculum for all students at Madeley School. She organises careers visits and post-16 information sessions where post-16 colleges give options/careers talks to students from Year 7-11.

Mr J Knight - Careers Advisor

Mr Knight is our careers advisor from Changing Education.  He is in school on Wednesday to offer careers advice and guidance to students. You will have one or more career interviews with him during your time at school.

Form Tutors

Your form tutor will help you in making career choices for the future.

Subject Teachers

Your subject teachers will help you in making careers choices. A lot of your lesson will focus on careers and work related learning skills in their subject.


Ask your parents/carers for support with making career choices.

Year 10 Work Experience Placement

In Year 10 you will complete a week long work experience placement in July. There is a lead up programme prior to the placement to help you develop the key employability skills required to be successful at your chosen workplace.

What are my options for Post-16 Education and career choices?

There are a range of options available for continuing to study, Post 16. You will need to apply for either A Levels, or a Level 3 course of study. Most post-16 education establishments will require you to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Band 4 (some courses of study will have further requirements). 

What do the different levels of study mean?

Confused about study options and levels?

Level 1 – GCSEs at grade D and below/band 4 and below
Level 2 – 5 or more GCSEs at grade C and above/band 5 and above
Level 3 – A Levels, AS Levels, BTEC Level 3

For more information of the full range of qualifications and their levels visit the National Careers Service.

Choosing what to study

This takes careful consideration and research. You will need to consider the subjects you are strong in, that keep your interest and that they enjoy. There is more information about subject related careers on the Our Curriculum section of the school website.

There are plenty of helpful websites to help you decide your future career options. There are links to these websites below. A lot of the websites will ask you to complete a career profile to best match you to careers that you might be successful at/enjoy.

Post-16 Schools and Colleges

There are a number of local schools and colleges which will offer a wide range of courses and provision such as A Levels, Apprenticeships and work-related (vocational) studies. You can find prospectuses for many of the schools/colleges online. You can look at these websites for further details on what they offer, and for details of their open days and application process. Some of these can be found below.

Haberdashers' Adams Grammar School
Newcastle-under-Lyme College
Reaseheath College
Cheshire College
St Joseph's College
Stoke 6th Form College

Traineeships and Apprenticeships

A Traineeship is an introduction-level programme that combines a work placement with training. Information about Apprenticeships can be found below.

What is an Apprenticeship?
National Apprenticeships Website 
The Apprenticeship Guide
Interserve Learning and Employment


You can enter employment, however because of the changes in Raising the Participation Age (RPA) you cannot take a job that does not have recognised accredited training as you need to continue in learning until the age of 18.

What are my Post Year 13 options?


Many students will consider University as a natural progression from their level 3 studies. The following websites are an excellent source of information.

Complete University Guide
Which? University

Higher/Degree Apprenticeship

An alternative to University, these Higher Level Apprenticeships are advertised on the National Apprenticeships Website.


You can enter employment.

How do I write a CV?

Advice and guidance on writing a CV can be found below.

Example CVs (Target Jobs)
How to write a CV (Prospects)
How to write a CV (Reed)
Your CV (Help4Teens)

Interview Techniques and Tips

Advice and guidance on interview techniques and tips can be found below.

Interview Advice (National Careers Service)
Interview Techniques (Target Jobs)
Interview Techniques (Reed)
Interview Tips (Prospects)