Careers Programme

Miss. Lucy Giles

Careers Lead

Telephone: 07522448104 Email:

Careers Information

Careers information on our subjects can be found on individual subject pages on our curriculum page.


Ferndown Upper School careers programme runs through Years 9 to 13 with support targeted for students making key stage 4 option choices and post 16 options.

At Ferndown Upper School we ensure that all students have at least 1 meaningful encounter with an employer, are provided with information about the full range of options available to them at Key Stage 4 and 5 and beyond.

Ferndown Upper School students are able to access a wide range of high-quality education and training across the area during Years 9,10,11 and in the sixth form. This page offers links to useful resources to help the transition process and careers and guidance information. Important information, advice and guidance are available to all students.

Following student voice feedback Ferndown Upper School offer Careers education through a series of off timetable events which we call ‘Drop Down Days’.  On these days students do not attend their regular lessons, but receive high-quality independent advice and guidance from trained professionals.  

Ferndown Upper School has an impartial Careers Lead, Lucy Giles. If your child would like an appointment please contact Lucy via email

Alternatively, students can book an appointment with their pastoral manager, tutor or Head of House. Sixth Form students should contact Nadia in the John Thornton Study Centre to book an appointment.

All students are surveyed annually to enable us to review the effectiveness of our careers programme.

Careers Education is so important to us that we begin careers input with all our Year 8 students in the local feeder schools. This includes activities on personal finance and the job market.

Ferndown Upper School has a nominated Enterprise adviser who works with the school to support us with effective employer engagement.

Ferndown Upper School has been recognised for its commitment to Careers Education and Guidance:

  • NCS Champion School
  • STEM Ambassadors Award
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company Award
  • RNLI Engineer Award
YearCareers Programme for Years 9 - 13
9Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:


Careers off Timetable Events:
Exploring skills
Make informed decisions about KS4 Options/Transitions
Attend Year 9 Options Evening
What do I need to do and who do I ask?

Community Day – July When requested Year 9 are entitled to a 1:1 interview

10Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:

Careers off Timetable events:

Careers and Finance drop down event

Developing personal profile

Employability skills workshop

What do I need to do and who do I ask?

11Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:

Careers off Timetable events:

Decision making – what is available post 16?

Entry requirements

My Plan A and Plan B

Personal Statement writing

Interview Skills practice and preparation

Making a good Application

Application deadline dates

What do I need to do and who do I ask?

6th form lesson shadowing

Information on college Open Days

12Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:

Careers off Timetable events

1 week of Work Experience

UCAS launch

Personal finance presentation

Apprenticeship launch

Bournemouth University HE fair

Progression Day

13Students have the opportunity to take part in the following:

Careers off Timetable events

Support with applications to UCAS

Support with applications for apprenticeships

Support with applications for employment

UCAS student finance tour to help navigate student finance applications

FUS maintains accurate destinations data records on our Year 11 and 13 leavers.

We encourage parents and students to access and use up to date information about the labour market, future study options and career paths to inform support you can give to your child.

  • National Careers Service website – click onto the ‘Job Profiles’
  • ‘Careersbox’ – job sector video clips and ‘Icould’ – try out the Buzz Quiz to get some career ideas for you.
  • ‘Start Profile’, website where you can explore job sectors/individual job titles in the ‘World of Work’ section, it has some information on job market data. Students can also generate career ideas in the ‘About me’ section. Users need to create an account to be able to use this free website – register first
  • Prospects website aimed at graduates and those aspiring to graduate level careers, contains lots of information on careers related to degree subject areas, graduate job hunting tips, vacancy job search and job market data




UK website to search and apply for apprenticeship vacancies, students need to register on this site to be able to apply for vacancies:

Apprenticeships guide for parents


  • Reed website – information on average salaries (UK wide) across different industry sectors:
  • ‘Career Pilot’ website that has a section called ‘Careerometer’ where you can compare different job titles with regard to pay levels, hours worked per week, numbers of new recruits needed in the future, quite useful:-
  • As listed previously in this list, the ‘Prospects’ website contains job market information for graduate-level job types and the ‘Start Profile’ website also includes some general information on the ‘job market’ for specific job titles. National Careers Service job profiles has labour market trends.

Government report (LMI summary for 2012 – 2022) produced on the projected labour market/trends for Dorset