Welcome to Cardinal Heenan's careers guidance pages.  The objective of the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) team is to ensure each student is given the information and support needed to successfully continue their personal and career development having completed their studies with us.

We all have a role to play in a young person's development and this section is designed to support parents/carers, teachers and students.

While we cannot guarantee a perfect destination pathway for all our students we aim to provide them with the information and knowledge they will need to allow them to make informed decisions with confidence and understanding.

One of the ways we help with this is via our annual industry day event which gives students in Year 8 and 11 the opportunity to meet and question employers and employees to help them to decide their future career/ study path.  The world is awash with opportunity but research is vital when planning for the future.

College or Sixth Form, Travelling, University or Apprenticeship?

The answer will very much depend on the individual with the individual responsible for making each key decision.

You can use our future planning chart to help you decide what options are suitable for you:

Medical School

If you are interested in a career in medicine, you should read this guide to applying to medical school, from a final year student at the University of Liverpool:

Key Stages 3 & 4

At Cardinal Heenan, we offer opportunities for students to take part in work-related learning. Work-related learning is defined as planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding useful in work.

We hope you find this information helpful and welcome any feedback. You can contact us via Email:


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the official national training board for the UK construction industry; last year they helped over 3500 people gain apprenticeships in lots of different construction roles.

There are many opportunities for young people in this industry, some will be based on the traditional craft trade and others on new and developing techniques.

Apprenticeships are based around three key elements working, studying at college and functional skills and take two years to complete an Intermediate Apprenticeship with an addition year to achieve an Advanced Level qualification.

If you are interested in an apprenticeship with CITB you can start the application process by applying online at:

After this you will be invited to take a CITB Skills Learning Exercise test (SLE). If you are successful CITB will then contact you with details of vacancies suitable for you.

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