Careers Access Policy

TOO MANY OPTIONS? A chat with your Careers Adviser can help ...

Will Crowhurst, Fernhill School careers adviser, is available to support students if they have any questions about careers, jobs, college, sixth form, university, apprenticeships or anything else to do with your future. 

You can contact him by email:

Year 10 Careers College Apprenticeships and More

Career Companion is a one-stop-shop portal for all your careers needs.  It includes information and links to thousands of articles, tools, and resources on everything to do with your future options.  You can look at careers resources by year group, further education and choices after Year 11, university, apprenticeships, work experience, watch short films on different jobs, and labour market information where you can explore salary information and future trends for all jobs and careers.

 You can access Career Companion by following this link: <>

 To take a quiz that will give you career suggestions based on your likes/dislikes follow this link and enter the code BQVM

 To explore careers related to subjects you enjoy in school follow this link (the password is NOOSTO29) 


Can’t decide between A levels and BTEC courses? Unsure about whether to do an apprenticeship? What’s the best career for me? – It’s hard to choose!

Year 11

In Year 11 you will need to make some big decisions affecting the rest of your life. Help and support is available from a number of sources, including your school Careers Adviser, Will Crowhurst. Will can take you through all of your options for after Year 11, including A levels, vocational courses and apprenticeships and if appropriate, help you to start job hunting. To make an appointment, speak to Mrs Murdoch in the Library or email Will at:


Help with choosing your A levels at Studential

Find out more about all sorts of jobs under the 'Job Profiles' link at the National Careers Service

Careers Advice at Key Stage 4
  • Years 9, 10 and 11 The Higher Education Outreach Network (HEON) is working with students in these year groups to raise aspirations.
  • Year 10 Careers Day in the Summer Term
  • Year 11 Post 16 Options Evening September
  • Year 11 Mock Interviews Autumn Term
  • Year 11 College Assemblies and Drop In Advice Sessions Autumn
  • Year 11 Individual Careers Meetings with Will Crowhurst
College Applications

Help is available in the library after school every Monday and Thursday.

All students are required to stay in some form of education or training until the age of 18; this can be in college, through an apprenticeship or a work place with recognised training.

Students must apply for a college place by Christmas at the latest.

Popular courses fill up quickly.

We strongly advise all students to apply to TWO colleges, for back-up and choice.

If considering an apprenticeship, also apply for a college place, again as a back- up and to maintain choice.

Basingstoke, Farnborough and Guildford College offer apprenticeship routes. The Sixth Form College does not offer apprenticeships.

Go to college Open Evenings. All the information is sent to parents via parent mail,  tutors and is provided at the Post 16 Options Evening held in September.

College Open Events

Colleges (the Sixth Form College, Farnborough especially) will ask if students have visited their open evening, as this indicates that the student is making an informed choice.

Useful  websites

Apprenticeships | Get Your Career Going | GET IN GO FAR

Work Related Learning

Fernhill School is fortunate to have secured the services of an Enterprise Advisor from Scottish Southern Energy (SSE), which has been facilitated by Enterprise M3.  SSE is working with specific students to develop their employment skills.  They have also supported Year 11 mock interviews and the Careers Day.    Businesses - how to help Fernhill School

Students take part in Industry Days, STEM days and Women into Science Days. Students are also encouraged to pursue work experience opportunities, especially during the long summer holiday. It is particularly important that students wishing to pursue a career in, for example, medicine or veterinary science do so. Students may seek suggestions from Mrs Murdoch or our Careers Adviser, Will Crowhurst.

Years 8 and 9 Introduction to Careers

Students in these year groups use a range of online, print and visitor resources to identify their strengths and opportunities to set career goals. Year 9 students visit the Futures Fair held at Farnborough College of Technology. Community theatre groups also visit Fernhill School to deliver inspirational careers based dramas and workshops.

Careers Coordinator

Mrs S Murdoch