St Peter’s has previously been awarded the Inspiring IAG Gold Award for its Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance to all its pupils. All of our published information is reviewed annually, the next review is currently taking place.

"St Peter’s is an aspirational school and seeks to empower students with a sense that anything is possible; CEIAG plays a fundamental role in this. The delivery model of CEIAG is a varied and mixed one but also has a personalised approach, including offering a well organised and supported alternative provision offer. I am delighted to recommend that St Peter’s Catholic High School achieves the full award of The Quality in Careers Standard, as delivered by Inspiring IAG." - Inspiring IAG Assessment Report Summary



St Peter’s Careers Lead is Mrs C Welch who can be contacted at or on 01942 747693.

St Peter’s also has a dedicated Futures Coordinator, Mrs N Maloney, to support and help all pupils make informed and aspirational decisions about their future. Mrs Maloney can be contacted at or on 01942 747693.

We also have an independent Careers Advisor in school every week; all Year 11 pupils will have at least one appointment during the first half of the year. There are also drop-in sessions at lunchtime for all other pupils.

At the core of all the careers work is the belief that quality CEIAG has a positive effect on student engagement, attitudes and outcomes and the careers programme is comprehensive; CEIAG is delivered through Curriculum for Life (C4L) lessons and extra-curricular programmes.

For the summary of the careers programme please click on the CEIAG in C4L and Extracurricular events links below.

For how the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils please click on the 2020 Activity Report and the Evaluations from young people, staff and parents/carers.

If you think you could add to our outstanding provision, by providing further careers support for our pupils please see the Provider Access Policy on our Policies page to contact us and make arrangements.

Please find below details of our Activity report for 2020.

Wigan’s Aspiring Futures Team produce this report which is a snapshot of activity at a particular point in our student’s post school careers.

Here is some feedback from the many visits and activities we hold each year. A photo gallery from the events is below.


Year 10 - Skills NorthWest, Manchester - Feedback

Name three things you enjoyed about today’s visit?

  • Activities
  • Finding out about NEW careers
  • Talking to colleges & Universities and people with experience

Has attending the Skills Show made you think of any new Career Pathways?

  • The overwhelming response to this question was yes!

Year 9 - The Big Bang, Leigh

  • “I really enjoyed the workshop experience as it gave me a good insight on Careers, and further education like apprenticeships”
  • “I loved being able to experience Science experiments like dissecting”
  • “It was great getting the Career advice and the types of activities that were there to show you what you can do in College.”

Year 9 - Medical Marvels

  • “I loved learning about the medical machines”
  • “It was really practical and everyone got involved”
  • “I enjoyed the talk about different Careers that are available”

Year 10 - College Visits

What new skills did you learn during Sampling days?

  • “I learnt to work with people I wouldn’t normally work with”
  • “Time management”
  • “I became better at communication and leadership whilst sampling at College”
  • “I really enjoyed the practical subjects I had chosen as it was the first time I had tried them”

Did Sampling Colleges help you with your choices for the future?

  • “Yes, it was great to get an idea what College is like”
  • “Definitely, I was able to see what each College offered and the difference between them”
  • “Yes, it helped expand my views on the skills I need to succeed.”

Year 11 - Careers Fair & Mock Interview Evening

  • “I was able to get information from someone who worked in the particular field that I want to go in to. This was useful as my interviewer answered all of my answers with detail and had lots of great advice.”
  • “It was useful as it gave us an idea of what a real interview will be like when we leave school”
  • “It was a good confidence booster for a real interview”
  • “There were a lot of different colleges and apprenticeship companies. This helped me keep my options open for the future. The college and companies that I visited gave me an idea of what grades I needed to achieve at GCSE level.”

Parents View

  • “It was good for pupils to meet all various career types of people and ask questions”
  •  “I thought that the mock interviews were an excellent idea”
  •  “Lots of informative stalls on careers and universities. Well set up good talks”
  • “The careers fair was very well set up and easy to access. The mock interview was  punctual and a great experience for any student.”

Years 8, 9, and 10 - Careers Fair

  • “We got to meet people from the colleges and look at different courses which can help us pick our subjects for GCSE”
  • “I found out about what it is like when you leave high school and go to college and  university."
  • “The information was handy to know”
  • “I found that there are a lot of amazing jobs out there for me”
  • “I found this useful because you learned what each college does with the kind of job you want to do. They also answered every question you asked.”
  • “I found out more about the courses that I could take for the job that I want to do when I'm older and which colleges supply them”

At St Peter’s we have a dedicated Futures Coordinator in school each day. Mrs Maloney works with all year groups to make sure they have the maximum amount of exposure to Industry, Employers and Further Education that we can give to our pupils.

We have introduced Career plans in Years 7 & 8 to find out what our pupils are thinking of when they leave school. This information is invaluable when we organise regular Employer led drop in sessions, which give all years the opportunity to meet with and ask questions. Also year’s 9, 10 and 11 attend Careers Fairs, Skills shows, Apprenticeship events and College days!

Our own Careers Fair takes place in October with local Colleges, Employers and Industry leaders attending. It is a fantastic way for all of our pupils to find out more about what is available to them in the future.

We also have an independent Careers Advisor in school every week, Mrs Diane Norburn; all Year 11 pupils will have at least one appointment during the first half of the year. There are also drop-in sessions at lunchtime for all other pupils.

Year 11 also have an opportunity to be interviewed for their dream job during our ‘Mock Interview’ evening. Professionals from their chosen industry interview the pupils giving them invaluable experience of a professional interview along with the opportunity to ask questions.

Mrs Maloney

The documents below outline St Peter's C4L lessons and extra-curricular mapped against KS3 CDI Framework

C4L Lessons and Extra-Curricular




College led assemblies


Career planning (START)


St. Peter’s Careers Fair


Mock Interview Evening


Lunch-time Career, Industry & Vocational Cafes


Options Café


West Lancs Careers Fair


GM Higher University Visit


Skills Northwest Careers Fair


Sampling days at colleges


Industry Visits


University Visits


Business Challenges/Medical Marvels


Apprenticeship Show



Having a dedicated person in school each day allows us to attend numerous other events each year.
We are regularly invited in by local colleges to experience college life, explore vocations and expand the pupils’ aspirations.


What are A levels?

A levels are traditional qualifications offered by colleges and 6th Forms.  They mainly focus around academic subjects and are considered to be excellent general academic qualifications that are valued by employers and universities alike.

What to expect...

A Levels can give young people a chance to find out about their favourite GCSE subjects in greater depth or perhaps study one of the subjects that many schools and colleges only offer at A Level such as Law, Economics or Psychology.  Expect lots of time reading and writing assignments. A Levels are good qualifications for entry to higher education. Each A Level earns UCAS tariff points, which count towards entry for university.

How are they assessed?

A levels are assessed through examinations. Some courses may have a small amount of coursework, but this depends on the subject. You will need to ask for each subject before making your final decision.

What can they lead to?

A Level students usually intend to progress to university after their studies. This is not the only choice as the need for Higher Apprenticeships has increased along with applying for regular work.


What are T Levels?

T Levels are two-year technical programmes, designed with employers, to give young people the skills that industries need. The 'T' stands for technical and from 2020, T Levels will give 16 to 19 -year olds a technical alternative to A levels. One T Level is equivalent to 3 A levels and include industry placements of minimum 45 days.

What to expect?

T Level programmes will provide students with broad knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for employment in an occupation or industry related to their field of study.  They will have an opportunity to develop specialist technical skills relevant to at least one occupation and they provide a progression pathway to skilled employment, higher or degree-level apprenticeships and higher-level education.

How are they assessed?

Continual assessment using practical observations.  Written assignments and an Employer led project.

What can they lead to?

You can progress onto University after completing the course, alternatively a Higher Degree apprenticeship.


What is a vocational course?

Level 3 BTECs (and OCR, City and Guilds) are vocational qualifications available in a wide range of subjects. People choose these courses if they are interested in learning more about a particular sector or industry. The qualifications offer a mix of theory and practice and can also include an element of work experience.

What to expect...

Most courses are 1 or 2 years. Level 3 vocational qualifications can be studied instead of, or in combination with, A Levels. At Level 3, many of these qualifications are awarded UCAS tariff points for entry to higher education.

How are they assessed?

A range of different assessment methods are likely to be used - such as assignments, tests, observations of learner performance, role-play, work-based assessment, production of visual or audio materials and products. Generally, assessment is less exam-based and more coursework and project focused.

What can they lead to?

Vocational qualifications prepare you for further learning and work but you can also study for higher level qualifications at University, you will need to check the entry requirements for courses as they do differ.


What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is work based learning. An apprentice is employed by a company who also provides a college education to achieve further qualifications. You can attend college from 1 day a week to block release depending on the nature of the job. Traineeships are usually approx. 16 weeks of on the job training to improve the employability of a student prior to embarking on an apprenticeship.

What to expect...

You can attend college from 1 day a week to block release depending on the nature of the job. You will be paid, normally minimum wage, and apprenticeships can be from 1 - 4 years in length.

How are they assessed?

Continual assessment during the apprenticeship both at work and college. Details will be confirmed with your employer.

What can they lead to?

Most companies continue the employment of the student after apprenticeship completion. Some companies also offer further education up to degree level.


A Levels

T Levels



Entry Requirements

These depend on the subject. Most courses ask for a minimum of 6 GCSE’s grades 4 and above. There are some exceptions, so always check each college.

Most courses ask for a minimum of 5 GCSE’s graded at 4-9 including Maths & English and the subject you are studying

You must be between 16-24 years old. Each apprenticeship has different requirements so research is advised. The better GCSE results you get, the more opportunities you will have.

These depend on where you study, the subject and the level of the qualification. To do a Level 2 course you will generally need four GCSE’s at grade 3-9, a Level 3 course will require five GCSE’s at grade 4-9.

Local Providers

  • St John Rigby College
  • Winstanley College
  • Wigan & Leigh College
  • Runshaw College
  • Bolton College
  • Carmel College
  • St Helens College
  • Deanery Sixth Form

Wigan & Leigh College

St John Rigby College

Runshaw College


Applying for an apprenticeship is like applying for a job. You must register with the National Apprenticeship Service to be able to view most of the vacancies in the area. There are also training providers who can help with the search:

  • St John Rigby College
  • Wigan & Leigh College
  • Deanery Sixth Form
  • West Lancs College
  • Runshaw College
  • St Helens College
  • Carmel College
  • Bolton College

For more information

For general information about A levels, visit:


For information on what A level some University courses require,visit:


Speak to your subject teachers.


Make an appointment with the Careers advisor.

For more information Introduction of T Levels - GOV.UK (


Speak to the Careers Advisor/Futures Coordinator

For general information on apprenticeships, visit:


To apply for an apprenticeship in the area, register at:

Visit the websites for all thecolleges that you are interested in.


Attend the open events and experience subjects.


Look through the prospectus and get to know the courses you are interested in.

The National Careers Service website

College Websites:

St John Rigby College
Winstanley College
Runshaw College
Wigan & Leigh College
West Lancashire College
Carmel College
St Helens College
Deanery Sixth Form
Wigan Warriors College
Myerscough College

Training Providers:

Alliance Learning
Waterside Training
The Skills Company
NLTG (North Lancs Training Group)

Apprenticeship Websites:

Career Map
LearnDirect Apprenticeships
NHS Apprenticeships
The Apprenticeship Guide
The Telegraph - Ultimate Guide To Apprenticeships
The London Apprenticeship Company
CITB Apprenticeships

Job Search Websites:


Research Tools:

Cascaid - New Kudos
How To Write An Outstanding Student CV
How To Pen An Eloquent Cover Letter
List of Key Skill to include on a CV

Useful Publications:

Working in the Engineering and Manufacturing Industry
Accountancy, Banking and Finance
Information Technology
Postgraduate Directory
Work Experience and Internships
National Careers Week - The Digital Guide
Discover Creative Careers
UKFT (Fashion & Textiles)
Retail Choice (Retail Careers)
How To Become A GP
How To Become An A&E Nurse In The UK
How To Become A Fertility Clinician
How To Get Into Investment Banking
How To Become An Accountant
How To Become An Intellectual Property Analyst
How To Become A Construction Manager
How To Become A Criminal Solicitor
How To Become A Family Lawyer
How To Become A HGV Driver
What Qualifications Do You Need To Be A Dog Groomer?
How To Become An Architect

Offsite Provision:

Fir Tree Fisheries
Tyler Lee Hair Company
Midstream (West Lancs) Ltd

Other Websites:

Summer Paid Jobs
Not Going To Uni
My World of Work

Learn Live - Live Jobs Feed

Other Information

Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the occupation. Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up other occupations and compare. You can also select 'display the UK average' and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.


Updated: Jan 2022