Career pathways

Our career pathways maps show you a typical route through the various stages of learning and on to your chosen career.

At Activate Learning, we provide every student with a career pathway – a plan, with clear, practical steps you can take to achieve the career of your dreams. 

Our career pathways show you typical routes through the various stages of learning, what you will learn along the way and the career options that may be available for you. Progression is available across a number of levels, meaning, with your hard work and determination, the sky's the limit. 

Explore the pathways below to find out more about the typical job titles and salaries associated with each career.

Unsure which career pathway to go for? Our impartial careers advisers can be contacted at our colleges. Email or call 0800 612 6008 for impartial information, advice and guidance to guide you towards your future plans. 

Access to Higher Education

Discover how far an Access to Higher Education programme could take you - with career pathways available across the arts, business, science and nursing and social sciences.


From a junior administrator to a finance director, our accountancy programmes can unlock the key to the right career for you.


Our A-levels career pathways lead into undergraduate study in business, science, communication or social sciences.

Animal management

Prepare for an exciting career in the animal industry with our hands-on, specialist programme.

Visual arts and design

From photography to event management, creative director, artist in residence or arts teacher - explore a career pathway in Art and Design.

Beauty therapy

From a beauty therapist to an advanced treatments consultant or a spa owner, our beauty therapy career pathway will take you where you want to go in your chosen career.

Business and enterprise

From office assistant to a senior manager in an organisation, our business programmes will equip you with the skills and knowledge for careers in business and enterprise.


With our career pathway in construction , you can progress to self-employed trade specialist, an apprenticeship or a project-manager role, among others.


If you want to work as a nursery worker, SEN teaching assistant or setting manager, this could be the right career pathway for you.


From a motor mechanic to a chartered engineer, if you are passionate about engineering, this career pathway will show you the options available.


From a furniture production operative to a furniture designer or production director, explore where a career pathway in furniture could take you.

Hairdressing and barbering

From working as a hair salon reception assistant, to a role as an artistic director or trichologist expert, our career pathway map shows job role options for a career in hair and barbering.

Hair and make-up artistry

Combine creativity and customer focus with a career in hair and make-up artistry

Health and social care

Discover rewarding careers in health and social care, from care worker, residential care manager or social worker to phlebotomist, nurse or speech and language therapist.

Hospitality and professional cookery

From a commis chef to an apprenticeship or a role as a head chef, explore where a career pathway in hospitality and professional cookery could take you.

IT and computing

From an helpdesk analyst to a technical specialist or to a director of IT operations role, explore where an IT and computing career pathway could take you to.


From an apprenticeship in creative and digital media to a media support technician, a games designer or a web developer, explore where our media career pathway could take you.

Motor vehicle

From assistant mechanic to vehicle inspector, master technician or general manager. Discover where a career pathway in motor vehicle can take you.

Performing and production arts

From sound operator to musical theatre performer, music technician, music journalist or arts producer or director. Find out where a career pathway in performing and production arts could take you.

Protective services

From infantry soldier to naval helicopter engineer, and from door supervisor to police community support officer, probation officer or solicitor, explore where a career pathway in the protective services could take you.

Sport, exercise science, fitness and therapy

From a career as a personal trainer to sports massage therapist, football coach or fitness instructor - explore where a career pathway in Sport, exercise science and fitness can take you to.


From cruise ship steward to airport information assistant, airline cabin crew, events manager or city centre manager. Discover where a career pathway in tourism can take you.