Careers & Colleges Information

Here you can find out about the Careers offer at ALNS. When you have opportunities to learn about Careers in each year at school and links to local colleges and up to date information about events in school.

Students are entitled to careers education, information, advice and guidance which is both impartial and confidential. At Key Stages 3 and 4 students are able to access an interview with an independent careers advisor. For students identified within priority groups, provision is made through the Assistant Head: Inclusivity, Head of Key Stage 3 and Head of Key Stage 4. Our school’s career leader is Mrs V Etherington who can be contacted through the school phone number (023 9236 4536) or via email – [email protected].

There is also the opportunity for students to have access to careers advice from independent and local institutions, including Portsmouth College, Highbury College, Southdowns College, Havant College, Fareham College and Chichester College. Strong ties are made with three local Universities through in-school presentations, events, campus visits and published on-line information.

The aim of our Careers Programme is to ensure that all students have access to impartial careers information and guidance throughout each academic year.

Latest News 

Sparsholt College – Registration is now open for our Live Online Open Event on 15th November.  The registration page can be accessed by using

Also, applications for September 2021 are now open and the application form can be found at

Portsmouth Uni – Year 11 Next Steps News Letter to receive tips and guidance to help prepare for exams and next steps sign up  here

Year 10 & 11 Next Steps Assembly, students have big decisions to make as they explore their next steps here

BAE Apprenticeship Applications – Advance Apprenticeships (Entry Requirement 5 GCSE’s Grade  Applications are open for a variety of apprenticeships with BAE click here.  When searching for vacancies, you will need to click on each job role to see Portsmouth vacancies. CLOSING DATE 28TH FEBRUARY 2021.  Please note the Intermediate Apprenticeships will be advertised soon

Airbus – Year 10 & 11  , there is a very limited opportunity with Airbus for Year 10 and 11 to apply for  ‘Aerospace Virtual Work Experience’.  It involves around 10 hours of activities that students can complete at a time that suits them – meaning they don’t have to take time off school (or eat into lesson time).

The free virtual work experience lasts for one week and would involve Admiral Lord Nelson School students (virtually) meeting a variety of team members working in areas anywhere from space to civil aviation. They’ll also learn about sustainability and manufacturing and they’ll complete work and assignments to get an understanding of what life at Airbus is like.  Student’s will receive a certificate directly from Airbus themselves, which is something they can use in both their CVs and personal statements.

To apply click on the following link –

College Information Apprenticeships Book A Careers Interview
Flying Start Portsmouth Understanding Qualifications National Careers Website
Careers & Options by Subject Year 8 Options Which Job & A -Z of Jobs 
Careers Pilot Help With Making Decisions Labour Market Information
Information for Parents ALNS Alumni Careers Survey
Baker Clause Key Stage 3 Programme Key Stage 4 Programme
Careers Policy Universities  The Uni Guide

Resources for Teaching Staff

Our KS3 Careers Programme

In years 7-9 students will develop their skills for success through the Aspiring Futures Programme, Personal Development Days and additional events. Students will learn how to transfer these skills into lessons, to increase their awareness of personal strengths and interests to support learning and development.   Our Careers education and guidance programme will help students to make informed choices about their future. The programme includes:
  • Skills for Success.
  • Understanding what sort of learner are they, what are their personal skills and qualities.
  • Achieving their potential.
  • Develop research skills to investigate opportunities.
  • Implement basic career plans.
Year 7
Skills for Success (AF Programme)
Raising Aspiration Assembly (Steve Cunningham)  Steve Cunningham is blind and delivers and inspirational assembly to students about overcoming adversity.
STEM Day (PD Day 3)  Opportunity for students to spend the day taking part in various activities linking curriculum areas and investigating career opportunities and raising aspirations.
Careers Fair (February)  Parents and students are invited to attend this Careers Fair to meet local colleges, training providers and employers to see what opportunities are available post 16.
Southampton University Visit  HE exploration.
Year 8
Skills for Success (AF Programme)
Languages At Work Day ( PD Day 1)  Students hear from a local employer working on a European Space programme to understand the importance of languages as being part of the EU and career opportunities available , students also hear from visitors about their travel experiences and volunteering opportunities overseas.
Careers Day (PD Day 2)  This involves students taking part in a carousel of activities and talks from local employers about career opportunities, qualifications required, training required, and development opportunities. Activities include team building assignments and career investigation using Kudos.
Southampton University Visits  HE Exploration.
Careers Fair (February)   Parents and students are invited to attend this Careers Fair to meet local colleges, training providers and employers to see what opportunities are available post 16.
Portsmouth University Visits  “Why Higher Education?” Event.
STEM Day (PD Day 10)  Opportunity for students to spend the day taking part in various activities linking curriculum areas and investigating career opportunities and raising aspirations, building on Year 7 experiences.
Year 9
Skills for Success (AF Programme)
Southampton University Visits  HE Exploration.
Careers Fair (February)  Parents and students are invited to attend this Careers Fair to meet local colleges, training providers and employers to see what opportunities are available post 16.
Post 16 options, Careers Exploration in Aspiring Futures sessions  Students have the opportunity to investigate careers using Kudos, LMI locally and nationally, post 16 options, Apprenticeships and cost of going to University. These sessions are designed to help students make informed choices about their future.
Stock Market Enterprise Day (PD Day 6) New event introduced for 2016. The focus of the day will allow students to work in small groups, develops personal learning & thinking skills. To gain an understanding of monetary value, profit & loss.

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Our KS4 Careers Programme

In Year 10 and 11 there will be opportunities for students to further develop their knowledge and skills needed to make successful choices and manage transitions to Post 16 options through the Aspiring Futures Programme, Personal Development Days and additional events. Our Careers education and guidance programme will help students to make informed choices about their future.

The programme includes

  • Understanding yourself and others around you in more depth.
  • Realising and achieving potential.
  • Further develop research skills in investigate opportunities available.
  • Implement Career plans.

Students have access to staff in the Information Centre at all times if they have any questions or require information about any aspects of Careers investigation and information. 1:1 appointments are available to students, we aim for every Year 11 student to have had at least one interview with our external impartial careers advisor.

Year 10 Year 11
Skills for Success (AF Programme) Skills for Success (AF Programme) Looking at LMI, local and national information, CV writing, prep for work activities, financial activities
Young Apprenticeship Programme Young Apprenticeship Programme For one of the option choices students have the opportunity to attend Highbury College each week for either Motor Vehicle, Hair & Beauty or Childcare Course. Construction is being introduced for 2016/17
Post 16 options Assemblies College Assemblies (4) and Apprentice Assembly  Students are introduced to an impartial College Talk in Year 10 which outlines the process and opportunities available. In Year 11 students hear from 4 local colleges each Portsmouth, Highbury, Southdowns, and Havant who are able to promote their open evenings, taster days etc. In Year 10 students also have a dedicated assembly about Apprenticeships again outlining the process and careers opportunities, this is repeated again in Year 11.
Careers Fair (September) Careers Fair (September) Students and parents are invited to attend an Information Evening about expectations in Year 10 and 11, where a Careers Fair is also present so that they have the opportunity to speak with a number of employers and training providers
Assemblies To remind students to complete applications, where support is available to discuss any problems they may be incurring that could hinder their decision making
Work Experience Launch (November)  Students and Parents are invited to attend the Work Experience launch where the process is outlined, expectations and hear from student’s previous experiences. Students complete a number of activities during Aspiring Futures to support this process
Girls University Event (Chichester University) Girls University Event (Chichester University)  Event to raise aspirations for girls for example running their own business, girls into engineering
Careers Fair (February) Careers Fair (February)  Students across all year groups are invited to attend, opportunity to speak with employers, colleges and training providers
University Challenge Day (PD Day 5 & 6) Languages Day (Portsmouth University) All events are aimed at raising aspirations and to give a University taster experience, to understand opportunities and courses available, financial implications
Southampton University Visits
Prep for Work Day (PD Day 7)  Employers support this event with 1:1 interviews. Students produce a CV during Aspiring Futures which are handed to the interviewers beforehand. All students receive written feedback on their interview skills and techniques. Students take part in other activities during the day to support going out on work experience, communication skills, team work, financial workshop
College Taster Day (PD Day 9)  Students select which college they would like to have a taster day at, they also select which sessions they attend
Work Experience for 2 weeks  All students take part in 2 weeks of work experience, we aim for as many students as possible to receive a visit subject to staff availability, at the very least calls are made to employers and/or parents to see how things are progressing
1:1 Careers Interviews  1:1 Careers Interviews Year 11 have the opportunity of 1:1 careers interviews with our impartial careers advisor, these are followed up by Information Centre staff where required.   1:1 interviews are started with Year 10 once Year 11 students have left, these are followed up again in Year 11.   However any student at any time can request a 1:1 meeting
Support with Apprenticeship Applications Students are offered support with College and Apprenticeship applications either small groups or 1:1. Progress is check at regular stages when updating our student tracker. Some students require additional support to attend interviews, assessments, this is provided by Information Centre staff
Support with College Applications
Year 11 students are offered ongoing support through the summer, on results day, certificate evening and at any point once they have left ALNS to ensure that they are engaging in education or training. We liaise with colleges for any students who may be experiencing difficulties with the transition.
Students identified as being at Risk of NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) are given extra support and referred to the Student Progression Officer from PCC who will provide 1:1 support throughout the Summer in which Year 11 students leave school
Other activities available to students are

  • Medical Taster Day at QA Hospital
  • Career pathway talks from local business people and employers
  • Mentoring by University Students
SEND students have 1:1 impartial careers interviews for the TAC meetings in Year 9, end of Year 10 and Year 11 where required other 1:1 sessions are arranged plus support with attending interviews, arranging specific taster/bespoke sessions to ensure a smooth transition from school to college/apprenticeship

Other resources we offer

In addition to the above programmes across Key Stages 3 and 4, we also offer:

  • Challenge Club
  • Additional STEM events facilitated by Universities and other organisations
  • College subject specific events
  • University subject specific events
  • Tutor Mentoring: Tutors may refer students who need specific careers advice   The meeting will be recorded for future reference.
  • Referrals: Assistant Head: Inclusivity, Head of KS3 or KS4, SENCO, may refer students to the Information Centre or to agencies associated with the school who can further offer support
  • Parental Engagement: Parents are invited to attend the following events across all year groups
    • Careers Fair(s)
    • KS 3 Option Evening
    • Work Experience Launch
    • 1:1 Career Interviews with their child
    • University Events (offered in conjunction with their child attending a HE Event)
    • Parents Evenings where Careers Information and Advice is available
  • Online Resources (access available from home)
    • Kudos
    • National Careers Website

Local Colleges

These are just a few of the Colleges or 6th Form Colleges you may wish to look at for Post 16 options.

We recommend that you attend open evenings at these establishments in Year 10 and Year 11 to get a really good insight as to what is on offer.

Prospectus and application forms are available from the Information Centre. If you need any help with completing these please speak to Mrs Etherington.

Chichester College

Westgate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1SB

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 01243 786 321


Fareham College

Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, PO14 1NH

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 01329 815 200


Havant Sixth Form College

New Road, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1QL

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 470 621


Highbury College

Tudor Crescent, Portsmouth, PO6 2SA

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 383 131


Oaklands Sixth Form College

Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville, PO7 7BW

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 259 214


Portsmouth College

Tangier Road, Copnor, Portsmouth, PO3 6PZ

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 667 521


South Downs College

College Road, Waterlooville, PO7 8AA

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02393 879 999


Sparsholt College

Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 01962 776 441


Portsmouth College

London Road Road, Portsmouth, PO2 9D

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 120 200


Apprenticeships Through Employers

Airbus Defence and Space

Aerospace Company
Anchorage Road, Portsmouth, PO3 5PU

PHONE: 02392 705 705


BAE Systems

Aerospace Company
The Airport, Portsmouth, PO3 5PQ

PHONE: 02392 226 000



Car Manufacturer
BMW House, Portsmouth, PO3 5FF

PHONE: 02392 007 718



Telecommunications Company

EMAIL: [email protected]



Technology Company
North Harbour, Portsmouth PO6 3AU

Phone: 01962 815000


Marks & Spencer

Retail Company
163 Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 1EA

PHONE: PHONE: 02392 825 241



Car Manufacturer
Bilton Way, Portsmouth, PO3 5FH

PHONE: 02392 424 000


Rolls Royce

Car Manufacturer



Electric Utility Company



Car Manufacturer
599 London Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9QZ

PHONE: 02392 661 321


Apprenticeships Through Training Providers


1 The Challenge Enterprise Centre, Sharps Close, Portsmouth, PO3 5RJ

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 696 572


Care Learning Centre

Monks Brook, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BF

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 01983 533993


Catch 22

1-6 City Buildings, Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 4BD

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 861228


Fareport Training

Westfield House, 28a Lower Bath Lane, Fareham, PO16 0DH

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 01329 825 805


HTP Apprenticeship College

1000 Lakeside, Western Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 374 752



5a Arundel Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1NB

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 733 877



1 Gordon Mews, Gordon Close, Portslade, BN41 1HU

EMAIL: [email protected]
PHONE: 02392 882 581


Advice and options by subject

In this section we will link to each department’s own post-16/careers advice sections as they are completed.