Careers Information


Welcome to the careers section of Altwood Church of England School’s website. We hope you find this page informative. If you have any queries about careers that are not satisfactorily answered in the careers section then please contact Mr Fair who will be able to assist.

Useful websites

The site provides industry specific careers advice that looks at 24 sectors and 24 websites. Browse employers and get information on graduate schemes, graduate jobs, apprenticeships, placements and internships.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This web-based service offers confidential, helpful and impartial advice, supported by qualified careers advisers.

TES Growing Ambitions provides information and advice to help channel the aspirations

Website for Science, Engineering and Technology careers. This website is designed to encourage young people to study STEM subjects and to pursue a career in the SET sector. It has loads of information and news about STEM subjects, industry sectors, apprenticeships, colleges, universities and leading employers.

An online library of career specific film information and news. Links to apprenticeship schemes.

How to write a winning application

Useful hints and tips on how to write a winning application, and maximise your chances of securing that apprenticeship.

Find an apprenticeship

Follow the link below to register and apply via the new service:

A government sponsored website for apprenticeships. Register online to find out about vacancies in your area. Apprenticeships provide routes into a wide variety of careers and enable you to earn while you learn.


Local Apprenticeship Providers

QA for ICT apprenticeships:

HIT for catering and Hospitality apprenticeships:

Paragon Skills for a range of apprenticeships in childcare, health and social care, retail, business and admin, customer service and hairdressing:

Here are some useful resources from the National Apprenticeship Service.

The guide below is full of hints and tips on how candidates can work their way through registering, searching and applying for jobs on the Apprenticeship vacancy website.

We now have a new ‘How to Apply for an Apprenticeship’ film available on Youtube at the following link:

Apprenticeship Vacancies App

Candidates can now download an App called AV Search to a Smart phone to easily search the thousand’s of apprenticeship vacancies available, click Google Play (for Android users) or Apple App Store (for iOS/iPhone users).

For ideas about the alternatives to university.

Alternatives to university

Local Colleges of further Education Bracknell and Wokingham college Berkshire College of Agriculture The Henley College Reading College

Why careers in traditional trades are on the rise among young Britons

Jobs once considered old-fashioned by young people are seeing a revival of interest. Many working or contemplating a career in an office bemoan the unhealthy aspects of sitting staring at a computer screen all day. But there are alternatives. These four young people have eschewed careers in offices for skilled trades: butchery, carpentry, shoemaking and tailoring.


Gateway website for researching and applying for HE in the UK.

Guide to finding a university or college course online. Includes a questionnaire that can help you identify a course that suits you.

Click on careers advice/options with your subject for ideas. Graduate jobs, postgraduate courses, work experience and careers advice.

Find out where your choices are in the UK university rankings and get detailed information on courses

University and course information and student reviews

An independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance, etc. Informal style, fun to read, opinions (not facts) are always identified in italics.

Useful for comparing student satisfaction rates and % in graduate jobs after 6 months.

What to study and where to go – a comparison website for higher education.

Which A levels do you need for the degree you want to study?

Year 11 students looking at their long term future may want to consider where their choice of A levels or Level 3 BTEC will take them in Higher Education.

Which? University has published a guide to help students choose subjects based on the degree they wish to study. Click here: study?utm_source=teacher_newsletter_gcse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=main1


College Open Information

Reading College Tel: 0800 036 8888
Berks College of Agriculture (BCA) Tel: 01628 824444
East Berkshire College Tel: 0845 3732500
Henley College Tel: 01491 579988
UTCTel: 0118 938 1020