OMA Careers Program

At Ormiston Meridian Academy students have access to a wide range of careers activities. We actively work with a number of local further education providers and employers. Every year group is taught about potential career pathways through our in depth PSHE programme. Topics covered include; Potential Career choices, alternatives to college and 6th form, Post 16 options, Interview Skills, CV’s and Personal Statements, Personal Finance and option choices (year 8). These are delivered by a dedicated team during PSHE sessions.

Monitoring of Careers

Careers at Ormiston Meridian Academy are evaluated annually. The careers team use the annual NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures to assess the effectiveness of the careers programme. In addition to this OMA works closely with the local council to evaluate our programme. In addition to the we are currently working towards achieving the quality award in careers. This award is accredited by the local council.  All involved in the careers program assess the effectiveness of the programme annually. In 2018 Ormiston Meridian Academies NEET figure was 0%. All careers activities are measured against the Gatsby Benchmarks though our internal self evaluation process. Date of next review: July 2019.


  • Mr G. Davies – Co-ordinator of PSHE, SMSC and Careers
  • E. Waldron Careers advisor
  • The careers team can be contacted or call 01782 377100
Careers Policy Provider Access

The Careers Service offers information, advice and guidance, around post 16 opportunties, to young people in education, employment and training. The service is aimed at 13-19 year olds (up to 25 for those young people with Special Educational Needs). However, we are starting to work more closely with younger pupils in support of their post 16 planning.

The Careers Advisor Elisabeth Waldron is available to students Monday and Tuesday all day room F12 in the LRC.

What Options do I have?:

Vocational Learning –BTEC Diplomas

  • This is a mixture of hands on learning, classroom learning and work experience
  • You are assessed through course work and exams
  • Courses directly relate to a career are like childcare, social care, I.T., hospitality and public services
  • There are different kinds of Diploma (level 1,2 and 3) depending on your GCSE results.

Academic –A Levels

  • Are more classroom and exam based and you usually choose 3 or 4 subjects
  • Most are now Linear and you study for 2 years before taking you’re A level exam
  • You can choose subjects that you did at GCSE or you could choose different subjects that you have not done before like law, psychology and sociology
  • To get onto most A Level courses you will need to achieve 5 GCSE’s at grade A* – C (grades 9-4) including Maths and English. Some colleges may ask for B(5) grades so check individual college entry requirements


  • This type of learning involves on the job practical training
  • You would usually go to college or a training provider one day a week then work 4 days a week with a company
  • You can do an apprenticeship in many career areas to find out more look on the apprenticeship web site:-
  • You may have to find your work placement yourself and competition for vacancies is high so you will need a backup option such as a full time college course, a study program or a traineeship


  • If you are ready for an apprenticeship but may benefit from some work experiences to help you secure a placement, a traineeship may be suitable

Study Programme

  • Designed to help you to improve your skills to be ready for a traineeship or apprentice

Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Opportunities

Please feel free to come along and discuss these options. Below are some links you may find useful.


Useful Careers Information

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H.E.  F.E.   Training

Ormiston Meridian Academy are pleased to work with The Following Further and Higher Education Providers.

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