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Cardinal Newman College employ professionally trained careers advisers who have extensive experience supporting young people into Higher Education and employment/apprenticeships.

The Careers Team:

Careers Leader/Manager – Faye Mawdesley

Careers Officers – Jenny Smith, Shamim Khan

Senior Leader Team, Careers Lead – Kelly Illingworth-Turner

Careers Link Governor – Andrew Wygladala

The team follow a professional code of conduct, and have achieved the Quality in Careers Standard, ensuring all students receive impartial and confidential support that  is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance” and complies with the DfE’s Statutory Guidance.

How to Access the Service

During term time, the careers staff are generally available 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday – Friday for drop in enquiries.

To arrange a 1-1 appointment please contact the team by email or phone 01772 460181 Ext: 2014

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

The careers team offer 1-1 advice and guidance appointments and this may suit students who are unsure about their career pathway and would like to explore their options, or students who want to discuss their ideas further.   All sessions are confidential and the information is only shared between advisers and the student.

This service is available to ALL current students or anyone thinking of studying at Cardinal Newman College – contact the careers team to make an appointment.

Students are also encouraged to email the team or drop in if they have a question that they feel could be resolved quickly.

All students have access to the Careers student share page which contains lots of useful information, links and resources to support with career/progression planning.

Careers Sharepoint 


National Careers Service


Not Going to University 

Careers – A guide for students

Careers Education

All full time students have access to a programme of careers education tutorials throughout their time at Cardinal Newman. Careers staff work closely with pastoral staff to plan careers sessions that include a diverse range of topics relating to careers and employability.

Careers Calendar 2021/2022

National Careers Benchmarks (Gatsby)

Cardinal Newman value the importance of careers guidance for young people and work within the Gatsby benchmarks framework to ensure good practice.

Gatsby Benchmarks

Higher Education/UCAS

The careers team provide advice and guidance on higher education programmes including honours degrees, foundation degrees and post graduate opportunities.

Through the tutorial programme they provide support on a range of higher education topics including researching courses, writing an effective personal statement, Higher Education funding, UCAS Apply/Track.

The careers team also support learners who are studying Higher Education programmes at Cardinal Newman.

UCAS Guide

Apply Guide

Personal Statement Guide

Labour Market Information

It is important that students need to be informed about Labour Market trends in order to make informed decisions when planning their future career.  Local and national information is available to help them explore and make decisions about their future.

The following links provide initial support –

Office for labour Market Statistics

Information for Employers

It is of great benefit to students if they can engage with employers and employees and experience workplaces, particularly when aligned to their studies (curriculum).  Preparation for the world of work and gaining knowledge of the employability skills they will need is vital in helping students understand the skills needed for their future, and support in achievement academically. 

Your company, staff and guidance have an essential part to play in helping our student’s achieve this.  If you or your company could help, even with just an hour of your time, please contact our Careers Leader, Faye Mawdesley.

Information for College Staff

What roles should teachers play in careers guidance:

Teachers Role in Careers Guidance  

Careers Sharepoint  

Gatsby Benchmarks  

Careers Entitlement Statement

Cardinal Newman is committed to ensuring that high quality, timely, accurate and impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance is provided to support students to make informed decisions about their future.  This includes supporting them to develop both academic skills and employability skills for progression to higher education or employment.

Careers Statement of Service

Policy Statement on Provider Access

In addition, the careers team abides by the following:

Inspiring IAG Code of Practice

CDI code of Ethics

A copy of the college Careers Education, Information, Advice, Guidance, Enterprise & Employability Policy is available on request.

Information for Parents

Parents have a key role to play in the decision-making and the general career path your children choose to pursue.  The video below is a useful guide to the support your son/daughter receives at Newman and  will inform you of the processes so you too can offer support at home.

Advice For Parents And Guardians | UCAS | Parent Guide To University

Help shape their career (

Parents: what is a Degree Apprenticeship? – Parents Advice | AllAboutSchoolLeavers

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Cardinal Newman College,
Lark Hill Road, Preston, Lancashire. PR1 4HD