Careers education at OMA aims to ‘ignite futures’ by connecting learning to real life contexts and ensuring students are fully prepared for an ever-changing, demanding modern world. We provide in-depth knowledge regarding the vast range of opportunities and experiences that are available to them as young adults; further education, university, apprenticeships and ultimately employment.

Monitoring of Careers

Careers at OMA are evaluated annually (August 2021). NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) figures are used to assess the effectiveness of the careers programme. In addition to this OMA works closely with the Local Authority to evaluate our programme. Through the close relationship with the Local Authority, OMA has been developing its careers programme to achieve the quality award in careers. This award is nationally accredited and is measured against the Gatsby Benchmarks.

OMA Careers Program

At Ormiston Meridian Academy (OMA) 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 sixth form, post 16 options, interview skills, CV’s and personal statements, personal finance and option choices. These are delivered by a dedicated team during PSHE sessions.

NEET Figures

The most recent NEET figure was 0%


The careers team can be contacted [email protected] or call 01782 377100

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 in 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 your A level exam
  • You can choose subjects that you did at GCSE or you could choose different subjects that you have not done before e.g. 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 programme 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 apprenticeship

Careers Policy                                         Provider Access                                     Advice and Guidance

Ormiston Meridian Academy Careers Service

The Stoke-on-Trent Careers Service offers information, advice and guidance, around post 16 opportunities to young people within our academy. The service is aimed at 13-19 year olds (up to 25 for those young people with Special Educational Needs). The Careers Service will support students during their time at OMA as well as during their transition to further education providers.  The Careers Advisor is available to students all day on Monday and Wednesday in room F12 of the LRC.

Careers Education Lead:

NSCG - Apprenticeship Opportunities

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

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