Careers and Higher Education

The Felsted Professional Guidance Department provides clear, appropriate and individual advice, information, support and guidance to students so that they can make informed choices as they progress through the school.

We identify 4 pathway routes for them to research and advise them to prepare for two of them to keep options open.

  • UK University
  • International University
  • Degree Apprenticeship
  • Direct Workplace entry
     

 

Oxbridge & Competitive Applications

We are able to support any pupil wishing to apply to leading universities, including Oxbridge. Whilst the entry process does not get any easier, we have had good success with pupils gaining interviews and places over the past few years. Those pupils wishing to apply should make themselves known as soon as possible to the Professional Guidance Department as there are strict deadlines for applications and testing. They should also apply to the Andrew Society, an academic society which helps pupils to expand their knowledge, critical thinking and debating skills, very useful for competitive applications.

International Applications

Recognising the increasingly diverse outlook of all Felstedians and the fact that we have a number of  international students in the Sixth Form, we have developed a programme to support international applications. Students are able to consider options as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, Canada, USA and closer to home in places such as the Netherlands, France and Italy. Staff have expertise in applications to all these areas and enlist expert support and visits from worldwide university outreach teams as well as experts in the field. 

Apprenticeships

Increasingly popular as a post school option, degree apprenticeships offer students the opportunity to ‘earn and learn’.  More and more apprenticeships are becoming available each year, with Felsted leading the way in terms of advice in this area. We have had a number of top students choose this route having been successful in their application, for which we are able to offer much support with both the online testing and interview techniques. Please note that the interview process for this route can be time consuming during the final year of study, including time taken to attend interviews, so we recommend time is managed carefully so grades are not affected.   

Direct Work Place Entry

We are able to support pupils who prefer to step directly in the world of work and several do choose this option. We are able to guide students in their areas of interest, provide them with contacts through our Felsted Network and support them with their applications.

The L6 Career Talk was a good morning. I am extremely glad we attended to find out what’s on offer and what the girls need to do. You made what could have been a very dry subject, an entertaining and informative one. Thank you

In addition to a student weekly drop in clinic on a Friday from 4pm until 6.30pm, parents are invited to presentations and information evenings. Individual appointments with members of the Professional Guidance Department are also available for parents and students to discuss university & career options.

All Lower Sixth attend a UCAS fair and a Careers Day where they learn about the options available including CV writing, interview techniques etc. Pupils are also encouraged to attend Felsted Network evenings, of which there are several throughout the year, focusing on different industries hosted by parents or former Felstedians in the relevant field.  

We advise students to attend Open Days in the school holidays as much as possible to avoid missing important lesson time.

All pupils have support with their applications and every UCAS entry is checked by the Director of Professional Guidance before submission. 

It is worth following the department Twitter accounts @FelstedCHE and @Enterprise_Fels for up to date careers and opportunities.
 

 

The Careers Advice Team

A dedicated team of five experienced members of staff make up the Careers Advice Team, each with a different focus of specialty.

Director of Professional Guidance: Ms Louise Scofield

Responsibility for the overview and management of all aspects of Careers and Higher Education, including UCAS, Apprenticeships and Jobs. Ms Scofield provides support and guidance to all students from Yrs 9-13, and can advise students about any aspect of their future.

Email: lms@felsted.org / Tel: 01371 822668

Director of Business, Enterprise and Apprenticeships: Mrs Joy McArdle

Mrs McArdle is available to advise students about opportunities with post 18 employment, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. She also supports the rest of the team with devising the Careers Education programme.

Email: jema@felsted.org

Head of Competitive Applications: Mrs Meredith Atkinson-Wood

Mrs Atkinson-Wood is the principle person to support all students applying for competitive courses, especially Oxbridge and US University applications. This includes preparation for entrance examinations and interviews.

Email: maw@felsted.org

Medical, Veterinary & Dentistry Applications Adviser: Miss Alexandra Simpson

In addition to her role as Director of Lower Sixth and Exams, Miss Simpson is available to advise and support students making applications to Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry courses, including preparation for entrance examinations and interviews.

Email: alfs@felsted.org

Careers Advice and Guidance Tutor: Mrs Nicola Sunshine-Harris

Mrs Sunshine-Harris is available to offer impartial careers advice and guidance to all students in Yrs 9-13. This can include help with options decisions and with career and university decisions. She also supports Ms Scofield with the UCAS applications process. Mrs Sunshine-Harris works Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Email: nmsh@felsted.org

Higher Education & Careers Administrative Assistant: Mrs Nikki Pritchard

Email: careersadmin@felsted.org

The level of careers support the students get from the school is truly remarkable and we have impressed on our girls how important it is to use the resources at their disposal and listen to the advice on offer.