After Sixth Form


A full programme of careers guidance is provided for you. While most students apply to study Higher Education degree courses, we also offer support and guidance for those seeking alternatives including apprenticeships and full-time paid work after leaving school. You will have the opportunity to join a Google Classroom dedicated to career opportunities that you are encouraged to join and review regularly. In addition, all Year 12 students are encouraged to take advantage of the regular Wednesday afternoon enrichment opportunities, during which a number of external speakers are invited to present on their chosen career paths. We work alongside Youth Connexions who provide advice and guidance for young people as they consider their post-18 options.

For students considering Higher Education, your university application needs to be completed by November of Year 13 and sent to UCAS. We begin the process with our ‘Post-18 Pathways’ evening for you and your parents held towards the end of April/beginning of May of Year 12, during which we present an overview of Higher Education and Apprenticeship opportunities. We also dedicate time during the following weeks to provide further support for you. Preparatory work should be undertaken during the Summer holiday so that you are in a position to make necessary adjustments to and conclude your Post-18 application by our November deadline. Every Sixth Form student receives a Higher Education support booklet and detailed guidance on how to use ‘UCAS apply’ on-line.

You will have the opportunity to visit a maximum of three universities on open days during term time and we require a written request prior to each visit. Some universities and courses will call you for interview on a formal or informal basis. We ask your parents/carers to inform us in advance of this necessary absence by letter/email.

For students considering an Oxbridge application (which also includes Medicine, Veterinary science or Dentistry at any UK institution), we provide a separate support programme to help you prepare for your application that begins at the start of the summer term in Year 12. We also offer guidance on preparation for University interviews, including mock interviews conducted by external partners.




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The University Application Process


Destinations 2022


Students have successfully secured higher level apprenticeships and exciting work opportunities.

Ross has secured an apprenticeship with M&G, Savings &Investments, London. It is a Level 4 Business Analyst qualification, with the company BPP undertaking the actual apprenticeship side of it. He will undertake an18 month course in which he can be enrolled into M&G as a permanent employee if all goes well regarding his studies and work. His time is split 80% work/20% study, so one day a week is strictly study with no work. Ross undertakes a hybrid working system, so it’s a very flexible system, regarding working from home and in the office. Ross underwent a 6 stage application process to secure his position!

Rosie has secured a 3 year Level 4 Apprenticeship in Management Consulting with IBM, following a 5 hour telephone interview.

Eva is working for Cancer Research UK on an 18 months Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration, hoping to convert it to a Level 4 or above in Events Management once she has completed the Level 3. Eva filled in lots of application forms, then had to answer audio-based questions followed by a 45 minute in-person interview in order to secure the role.

Jonah had an offer of Chartered Management apprenticeship with AON, a Higher apprenticeship but they will fund any education he chooses for 12-18 months. He also had a final interview with Amazon for a degree apprenticeship in Client Relationship.

Two students who completed Year 13 at Richard Hale have joined the staff whilst they take a gap year before starting university in 2023. George is supporting students with their studies in the Maths and Economics departments. Cian is working within the Student Support Centre as a Teaching Assistant. He provides support for students in a range of lessons and before school, at break and lunch.

Caelum is undertaking a Degree Apprenticeship at Stevenage Science Park with Catapult Cell and Gene Therapy. He is an Operations and Quality Technician Apprentice

Saad’s offer is a 48-month-long programme where he works in Data Curation and Integration to gain a degree in Data Science from Anglia Ruskin University whilst working at Roche.


His feedback on the application process is here:

I have several experiences with applying for degree apprenticeships. They are all different which is probably one of the difficult things about applying as it means you often find yourself repeating the same thing (I know for certain I had more than enough competency-based interviews), or having to do something you are completely unfamiliar with. For Roche, I filled in an online application which after being reviewed meant I was invited for a video interview. This is where I watch some videos with questions and have to record my answer. After that, I was invited to an assessment centre. This was the first time I had done something face to face with everything else being online so far. The assessment centre consisted of a Logical Test, then giving a presentation I had prepared earlier, doing some short interviews and finally a group task.”

Below you can see what some of the 2021 leavers went on to do after leaving RHS.

Katie is a Laboratory Scientist Apprentice (MCT) on a five year course with Pfizer, who is paying for the entire University course, in addition to paying a salary of £16,500 per year. There are also foreign travel options. Katie secured this one apprenticeship, out of 4,000 applicants.

Joe is a CAD (computer aided design) Electrical Technician Apprentice, working for Phoenix, which has been operating for 90 years in London. Its latest project is Battersea Power Station; stages 2a and 3, following earlier work with Netflix, Facebook and Amazon. Joe is using computer programs such as Revit and Auto CAD, which are the main forms of CAD programming used in the Mechanical and Electrical industry.

Henry is working for London’s Currie & Brown (international property development/consultancy) as a Project Management Apprentice undertaking a Quantity Surveying Degree through a college associated with Reading University. It is a four year programme, with the option of a fifth year to undertake further professional qualifications. This is a salaried position, with Henry’s course costs covered by Currie & Brown.

Oliver has secured his dream job at BMW Group as a Level 6 Engineering Apprentice. This position is based in Birmingham for the next four years.

Joe is a Construction Apprentice, employed by The Hill Group. This is a 5 year apprenticeship with a day a week to complete his Degree, under Westminster University.

Finlay has secured a position as a Marketing Executive on the Emerge programme for a large marketing firm called Essence. The programme is a two-year fixed contract during which time he will be rotated through all the different departments of the business to see which facet suits him best. Finlay will gain two years’ work experience and receive a competitive salary, plus bonus.

Max has embarked on an exciting year-long contract as a Superyacht Deckhand and is currently based in La Ciotat (South of France).

One former student has joined the staff to work during his gap year as a Maths and Economics instructor.

80% of students in Year 13 who applied to university gained a place at their first choice institution. Six students gained places at their insurance choice and one through Clearing. Students secured places at a wide range of institutions on a whole host of courses. Two students secured Oxbridge places to study medicine and computer science, while we also have students who have gone on to study natural sciences, mathematics, English, chemistry, psychology and a whole range of other subjects. A third of the students will be attending Russell Group universities.  Most importantly students have secured places at institutions that they feel will provide them with the qualifications and experience they desire.

Aberystwyth UniversityZoology
Anglia Ruskin UniversityBiomedical Science (with Placement year)
Anglia Ruskin UniversityBusiness with Marketing
Aston University, BirminghamLaw LLB
Bournemouth UniversityBusiness & Management
Bournemouth UniversityMultimedia Sports Journalism
Cardiff UniversityBiochemistry
Cardiff UniversityGeology
Cardiff UniversityInternational Relations and Politics
Cardiff UniversityPolitics
City, University of LondonInternational Politics
City, University of LondonJournalism, Politics and History
Durham UniversityMathematics (3 years)
Durham UniversityMathematics (4 years)
Durham UniversityNatural Sciences
Falmouth UniversityImmersive Computing
Imperial College LondonBiotechnology with German for Science
Keele UniversityChemistry with Foundation Year
Keele UniversityGeology
King’s College London, University of LondonMathematics
Leeds Beckett UniversityBusiness & Management
Leeds Beckett UniversityMedia, Communication, Cultures
Leeds Beckett UniversitySport Marketing
Liverpool Institute for Performing ArtsSound Technology
Loughborough UniversityChemistry (with placement year)
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityAdvertising and Brand Communications
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityBusiness and Marketing
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityCriminology
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityEthics, Religion and Philosophy (with Foundation Year)
Manchester Metropolitan UniversitySport and Exercise Science
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent UniversityProfessional Policing
Queen Mary University of LondonChemistry
Queen Mary University of LondonEngineering with Foundation
Queen Mary University of LondonInternational Relations with Business Management
Solent University (Southampton)Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science
Solent University (Southampton)Yacht Design and Production
Swansea UniversityCriminology and Social Policy
The University of EdinburghTheoretical Physics
UCFBInternational Football Business
University of BathEconomics
University of BirminghamBSc Human Sciences
University of BristolEconomics
University of BristolMedical Microbiology
University of CambridgeComputer Science
University of CumbriaCriminology with Forensic Investigation
University of East Anglia UEAAccounting and Finance with a Year in Industry
University of East Anglia UEAChemistry with a Foundation Year
University of East Anglia UEAEconomics
University of East Anglia UEAEconomics and Finance
University of East Anglia UEAMarketing and Management with a Year in Industry
University of EssexJournalism and Criminology (Including Placement Year)
University of GloucestershireCriminology
University of HertfordshireAerospace Engineering with Space Technology
University of HertfordshireBusiness and Marketing
University of HertfordshirePolitics & International Relations and History
University of HertfordshirePrimary Education
University of HertfordshireSports Development
University of LeedsBusiness Management
University of LeedsBusiness Management and the Human Resource
University of LeedsEnvironmental Science
University of LeicesterPhysics with Foundation Year
University of LeicesterPsychology with Cognitive Neuroscience
University of LiverpoolChemistry
University of LiverpoolChemistry
University of LiverpoolInternational Relations
University of LiverpoolPsychology
University of NottinghamArchitectural Environment Engineering
University of NottinghamChemistry
University of NottinghamEnglish
University of OxfordMedicine
University of PortsmouthSport Management
University of ReadingBusiness and Management (Marketing) with placement year
University of ReadingGeography (Human and Physical) with Professional Experience
University of ReadingReal Estate
University of SouthamptonChemistry
University of SouthamptonGeography
University of SurreyAerospace Engineering
University of SurreyInternational Tourism Management with Transport
University of SussexNeuroscience
University of SussexPsychology
University of WarwickIntegrated Natural Sciences
University of WarwickMathematics
University of WinchesterPhysiotherapy
University of YorkBiochemistry
University of YorkBusiness and Management (with a Year in Industry)
University of YorkEconomics