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.




The Which Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Application Guide




The University Application Process


Destinations 2021


Students have successfully secured higher level apprenticeships and exciting work opportunities, including:-

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.


Three former Year 13 students have joined the staff. Sam is working as the Art Technician on a one-year maternity cover placement and has a place at university next year to study computer games design. Georgia and Dan are both undertaking the a one-year placement with us to qualify as a Teaching Assistant for PE and another subject. Dan is additionally supporting in Science and Georgia in many subjects as she elected to be linked to the SSC.

75% of students in Year 13 have accepted places at university. 107 students gained places at their first choice. Two students were accepted by their insurance choice; one student successfully gained a place through clearing. Students secured places at a wide range of institutions on a whole host of courses. Two students secured Oxbridge places to study Chemistry and History, while we also had students who have gone to study Medicine, Engineering, Human Sciences, Law 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.


University of SouthamptonGeology
University of WarwickMathematics
University of SurreyEnglish Literature
Liverpool John Moores UniversityMechanical Engineering
University of WarwickChemistry
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness Management (Accelerated)
University of KentPolitics and International Relations with a year in North America
University of BrightonGeography
Nottingham Trent UniversityHistory and International Relations
University of CumbriaBusiness Management with Marketing (with sandwich placement)
Liverpool John Moores UniversityForensic Science
UCL (University College London)Human Sciences
University of CambridgeHistory
University of StirlingCriminology and Politics
University of PlymouthMarine Biology
University of YorkEnvironmental Science
University of LincolnGeography
Nottingham Trent UniversityLaw with Business
University of YorkPhilosophy
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness Management and Marketing
York St John UniversityAccounting and Finance with Foundation Year
Royal Holloway, University of LondonComputer Science
Kingston UniversityDrama
University of SheffieldMechanical Engineering with a Year in Industry
Loughborough UniversityMarketing and Management (with placement year)
Durham UniversityPhysics
University of East LondonComputer Games Design: Story Development
University of YorkLaw
UCFBFootball Coaching & Talent Development
University of ManchesterEconomics and Finance
Bath Spa UniversityMedia Communications
University of ManchesterLaw
Leeds Beckett UniversitySport and Exercise Science
University of YorkCriminology
University of SurreySport and Exercise Science
Swansea UniversityMedical Engineering with a Foundation Year
University of PortsmouthPhysics, Astrophysics and Cosmology
Kent and Medway Medical SchoolMedicine
University of NottinghamManagement
Bournemouth UniversitySport and Exercise Science
University of EssexStage and Production Management
Anglia Ruskin UniversityPhilosophy
University of LeicesterPhysical Geography and Geology
University of SheffieldEnvironmental Science
University of ManchesterPhilosophy and Politics
University of NottinghamComputer Science with Year in Industry
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness Management and Economics
University of YorkBusiness and Management with a Year in Industry
University of OxfordChemistry
Leeds Beckett UniversityInterior Architecture and Design
Leeds Beckett UniversitySport Business Management
University of NottinghamEconomics and Econometrics
Northumbria University, NewcastleArchitecture
University of LeedsBusiness Management
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandDigital Media
University of BirminghamEconomics
St George’s, University of LondonBiomedical Science
University of PlymouthBiological Sciences
University of StirlingLaw (LLB)
University of LeedsBiology
Ravensbourne University LondonDigital Film Production
University of NottinghamChemistry
University of PlymouthMarine Biology and Coastal Ecology
Bournemouth UniversityAccounting and Finance
Loughborough UniversityPsychology with Criminology
University of YorkPhilosophy, Politics and Economics
University of SussexEconomics and International Relations
University of ExeterInternational Relations with Study Abroad
Aston University, BirminghamBiological Sciences
Bournemouth UniversityInternational Tourism and Hospitality Management
Loughborough UniversityArchitecture (with placement year)
University of LeedsLaw
University of BrightonPsychology with Counselling Studies
Abertay UniversityBiomedical Science
University of ReadingInternational Business and Management with Year Abroad
University of BirminghamMathematics and Computer Science
University of PlymouthElectrical and Electronic Engineering
University of YorkBusiness of the Creative Industries
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityBusiness Psychology
Newcastle UniversityBusiness Management
University of LiverpoolBusiness Management with a Year in Industry
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandBanking and Finance
University of ChesterBiology and Sport & Exercise Sciences
Nottingham Trent UniversityCivil Engineering
Middlesex UniversityNeuroscience with Foundation Year
Leeds Beckett UniversityGeography
University of LincolnBiomedical Science
Edge Hill UniversitySports Therapy
University of PortsmouthCriminology and Forensic Studies
University of NottinghamArchitecture
University of BathMathematics
Manchester Metropolitan UniversitySports Marketing Management
UCFBFootball Business & Marketing
UCL (University College London)Economics
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandAccounting and Business Management (with Foundation year)
Imperial College LondonMechanical Engineering
Nottingham Trent UniversityBiomedical Sciences
University of PlymouthOcean Exploration and Surveying
University of NottinghamComputer Science with Artificial Intelligence
University of BrightonMusic Business and Media
University of HertfordshireAerospace Engineering
University of BirminghamHistory and Politics
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandBusiness and Management
University of ReadingEcology and Wildlife Conservation with Foundation
University of NottinghamPhilosophy
UCL (University College London)Economics
Anglia Ruskin UniversityFine Art
University of East Anglia UEAPharmacy

Information for University and College Admissions Teams (for September 2021 entry)


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