Careers Information, Education, Advice and Guidance

Please find a list of college open evenings attached. It is important that you visit potential colleges so that you can make an informed choice about your destination after school. The college application process has begun, don’t miss out on your preferred choice by leaving it too late.

Open Evenings please click here.

There is variety of support available here at Prestwich Arts College when it comes to considering your future career. Pupils should make an appointment by emailing Mrs Farrington-Evans, rjf@prestwich.bury.sch.uk  for career guidance.

Once you've had an appointment please leave us your feedback at Careers Evaluation Student Survey.

Careers, Information & Guidance Policy
Provider Access Policy
Code of Practice
Head Teacher Letter of Commitment
Meet and Greets with Access Creative College


Bury Careers Event 2019

Bury Careers Event 2019 (back)

Mr Kevin Welch our Independent Careers Advisor

I am extremely passionate about supporting and helping people to make informed realistic choices about their future plans. Choosing a career is not an easy thing to do. I feel that people can be supported through the careers guidance process to enable them to have an understanding of how their aptitude, skills and qualifications link to their hopes and ambitions.

I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Careers Guidance in 2003 and began working as a Personal Adviser for the Connexions Service in Bury. I supported young people between the ages of thirteen and twenty five who had a wide variety of different needs. My role progressed to Team Manager which gave me further insight into the careers service wherein I worked closely with various agencies, supported staff and planned and worked on several projects linked to young people.

The variety within my careers work has allowed me to develop a wealth of experience working with young people and adults. I have completed this work in a range of different settings including secondary schools, youth centres, colleges, training providers and SEND provision. 

I now manage Realistic Choices which delivers support, advice and guidance to students in the Bury area. My work in schools has included one to one careers guidance, group work, careers events and option choice support.


Kevin Welch  B.A  PG.D.C.G

Registered Careers Manager 

Realistic Choices

Careers strategic plan and structure



Statement of Policy

Link Governor

Senior Leadership Overview


Head of Yr 11

Year11 College Links

Realistic Choice (Independent Careers Advice)

PA2 Behaviour, Emotional and psychological Support

Destination Figures Analysis

Bespoke Activities & Targeted Interviews

Head of Personal Development

Curriculum Input

Careers Co-Ordinator (NVQ Level 6) : In-house Career Information & Guidance across Year Groups 8-11 (NVQ Level 4)

Bespoke guidance for young people with special educational needs, looked after children and more able students


Career information & guidance



Career information & guidance



Career information & guidance


Director of House & House Manager


Director of House & House Manager


Director of House & House Manager


Consultation and Collaboration

International Liaison and Collaboration

School attendance team

Inclusion support team

Form tutors

Student voice

Parent Voice

External Liaison and Collaboration

Business links

"Greater Manchester Higher"

a) Gateways Programme

b) The National Collaborative Outreach Programme, NCOP

“The Bridge”

a) Bury Trio

b) Virtual Wallet

i) Opus,

ii) BeReady,

iii) Positive Steps,

“Salford Foundation”

the Aspire Mentoring Programme

HE Colleges & Universities

Careers Programme : Provision Mapping and Careers Entitlement

The following documents will help you when you are creating a Curriculum Vitae and completing application forms for employment and/or college:

Creating a CV
CV Sample Template
Completing an Application Form
Writing a Personal Statement


Careers advice - explore careers, information and resources | National Careers Service


Exams are over! Here's your end-of-term check list



Creative Choices website

The Guardian - University Guide

Apprenticeship Vacancies

Prestwich Arts College BeReady Careers Website