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. 


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.

Case Studies

Oxbridge and Competitive Applications

Will Barker - Oxford University

Felsted’s Head Boy in 2018 overachieved his offer from Oxford, gaining three A*s and a B grade in Economics, History, Psychology and Maths respectively to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Read More about Will Barker - Oxford University
Imogen Gander - Cambridge University

Imogen Gander achieved 43 points in the IB Diploma in 2018, meeting her offer to read Classics at Girton College, Cambridge. Imogen, who has ambitions to be a Barrister after university, was an academic and music scholar at Felsted.

Read More about Imogen Gander - Cambridge University

International Applications

Rebecca Earl - Wofford College USA

Rebecca Earl gained a highly prestigious golf scholarship to Wofford College, South Carolina, last year where she is studying psychology alongside competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division 1 Women’s Golf Competition.

Read More about Rebecca Earl - Wofford College USA

Degree Apprenticeships & Direct Workplace Entry

Silas Turner Jones - Marshall Aerospace & Defence

Silas Turner Jones secured A Levels in Maths, Physics and Design Technology (AAB grades) in 2019. However, instead of taking the traditional university route like many of his peers, Silas chose the increasingly popular 'earn and learn' pathway, securing an engineering apprenticeship with Marshall Aerospace & Defence in Cambridge.

Read More about Silas Turner Jones - Marshall Aerospace & Defence
Elle King - Paralegal Apprenticeship

Elle King secured A Levels in English, Psychology and Economics plus a B grade in her EPQ (extended project qualification) in 2019. Elle secured a paralegal apprenticeship with Kennedy's Law, a global law firm.

Read More about Elle King - Paralegal Apprenticeship
Luke Johnson - Deloitte’s

Luke Johnson accepted a place with Deloitte’s on their BrightStart Higher Apprenticeship Programme. Bypassing university and leaping straight into a professional ‘earnwhile- you-learn’ career, Luke will be a qualified accountant within five years.

Read More about Luke Johnson - Deloitte’s
William Alexander - The Dyson Institute

William Alexander was one of the first undergraduate engineering students to be accepted at the Dyson Institute of Engineering & Technology in 2017. Set up by Sir James Dyson OM CBE himself, with support from the Government, William sailed through a tough day of assessments and a final interview to be awarded one of only 32 places.

Read More about William Alexander - The Dyson Institute

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: / 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.


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.


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.


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.


Higher Education & Careers Administrative Assistant: Mrs Nikki Pritchard


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.