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 2020


We are very proud that the vast majority of our students were able to access their chosen post-18 pathway. Students have gone on to employment, both locally and further afield, with two students joining the armed forces. Richard Hale students are undertaking gap years, including pursuing sport – football and cricket – in the States and Australia. Against stiff competition and following a lengthy application process, students have been successful in securing highly-sought after Degree Apprenticeships with a range of employers and institutions. We wish all our students well in their chosen pathways and would love them to keep in touch and come back to talk to the current Sixth Formers about their experiences.


Post-18 Alternative Destinations


Deloitte 4 years Chartered Accountant Degree Apprenticeship
Royal Marines
Football in Georgia State, USA
Government Economics Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme, University of Kent
MPI Hertford – full time employment. Business Degree Apprenticeship Jan 2021
Audio Production in 2021
Undertaking an apprenticeship at Pinewood School to qualify as a Teaching Assistant
Sales Executive / Business Degree Apprenticeship – holiday golfing company
Spending extended time playing cricket in Australia; University place deferred until 2021
Level 4 Marketing, Fashion &  Journalism 1 year
Oaklands College – Level 3 Devt Tech Knowledge
Degree Apprenticeship – Digital/ Online Marketing

University Destinations


Anglia Ruskin UniversityParamedic Science
Bath Spa UniversityCreative Writing
Birmingham City UniversityBusiness (Marketing)
Bournemouth UniversityBusiness and Management
Bournemouth UniversityMarketing
Bournemouth UniversityForensic Science
Bournemouth UniversityBusiness and Management
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandGeography
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandAerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies (with Foundation Year)
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandEconomics
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandComputer Science
Canterbury Christ Church UniversityMechanical Engineering
Cardiff UniversityLaw and Criminology (Integrated)
Coventry UniversityApplied Biosciences
Coventry UniversityAerospace Technology
Durham UniversityLaw
Durham UniversityLaw
Imperial College LondonMechanical Engineering
King’s College London, University of LondonEnglish
Leeds Beckett UniversitySports Coaching
Leeds Beckett UniversityPsychology
Leeds Beckett UniversitySports Coaching
Leeds Beckett UniversityEconomics & Finance
Liverpool John Moores UniversityBusiness Management
London School of Economics and Political Science, University of LondonEconomics
Loughborough UniversityMechanical Engineering (with placement year)
Loughborough UniversityGeography and Sport Science (with placement year)
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityBiology (Single Honours)
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityPsychology (Foundation)
NorlandEarly Years Development and Learning BA (Hons)
Nottingham Trent UniversityProfessional Policing
Nottingham Trent UniversityBiological Sciences
Nottingham Trent UniversityMarketing
Nottingham Trent UniversityEconomics
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent UniversityExercise, Nutrition and Health
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness
Nottingham Trent UniversityCriminology
Nottingham Trent UniversityAccounting and Finance
Nottingham Trent UniversityCriminology
Nottingham Trent UniversityFinancial Mathematics
Oxford Brookes UniversityEnglish Literature
Oxford Brookes UniversityArchitecture
Solent University (Southampton)Popular Music Production with Foundation Year in Popular Music
Solent University (Southampton)Film and Television
St George’s, University of LondonBiomedical Science
Swansea UniversityApplied Medical Sciences with a Foundation Year
Swansea UniversityEconomics and Business
Swansea UniversityBiology with a Foundation Year
UCL (University College London)Chemistry
UCL (University College London)Law
University of BathMechanical with Automotive Engineering (with placement)
University of BathArchitecture (with placement)
University of BathMathematics
University of BathChemical Engineering (wth placement)
University of BirminghamInternational Business (4 years)
University of BrightonGraphic Design
University of BrightonGraphic Design
University of BrightonParamedic Science
University of BristolVeterinary Nursing and Companion Animal Behaviour
University of CambridgeMusic
University of East Anglia UEAGeography
University of East Anglia UEAEnglish Literature
University of East Anglia UEAComputing Science
University of East Anglia UEAPhysical Education
University of East Anglia UEABusiness Management with a Year Abroad
University of GloucestershirePrimary Education with QTS (ages 3-7)
University of HertfordshireBusiness with European Language (French, German, Spanish)
University of HertfordshireComputer Science
University of HertfordshireEnvironmental Management and Ecology
University of HertfordshireOptometry
University of HertfordshireModel Design (Model Effects)
University of KentComputer Science
University of KentFinancial Mathematics with a Year in Industry
University of LeedsNatural Sciences
University of LeedsProduct Design
University of LeedsEconomics and Finance
University of LeedsComputer Science (Digital & Technology Solutions)
University of LeedsLaw with International Legal Studies
University of LeicesterGeology
University of LincolnInternational Business Management
University of LiverpoolChemistry with Research in Industry
University of ManchesterEconomics and Finance
University of ManchesterGeography
University of ManchesterBiology
University of NottinghamMathematics (4 years)
University of NottinghamChemistry
University of NottinghamIndustrial Economics
University of NottinghamEconomics
University of NottinghamVeterinary Medicine
University of NottinghamChemistry with a Year in Industry
University of NottinghamChemical Engineering including an Industrial Year
University of PortsmouthArchitecture
University of PortsmouthMarine Biology
University of SalfordAcoustical and Audio Engineering
University of SheffieldComputer Science
University of SouthamptonEconomics
University of SurreyPhysics
University of SussexBusiness, Management and Economics (with a foundation year)
University of WarwickMathematics and Philosophy
University of WarwickEngineering
University of WarwickBiochemistry with Placement Year
University of WinchesterCyber Security
University of YorkNatural Sciences
University of YorkSocial and Political Sciences
University of YorkComputer Science (with a year in industry)
University of YorkChemistry with a year in industry


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


How did the pandemic affect school opening and teaching provision?

How was our usual university application process affected by school closure?

How has the pandemic made it harder for us to predict grades for Year 13 students in 2020-21?

How has exam and grading confusion impacted upon Year 13 vocational students in the Class of 2021?

What impact will ongoing uncertainty about exam content in summer 2021 have on teachers’ ability to confidently predict grades?