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Careers and University

Students on medical work experienceWe encourage all of our Sixth Form students to aim high and to explore a range of exciting future options. This means that we expect all of them to consider university as well as higher-level and degree-level apprenticeships.

Our students use Unifrog - a powerful careers education platform which supports exploration of university and apprenticeship pathways, and applications to both. They are supported by our Careers and Work Experience manager, and those applying to competitive universities have expert help in the completion of their applications and preparation for admissions tests and interviews from our Academic Enrichment Coordinator.

Typically around three quarters of our Sixth Form students go to university, and around a third of these go to one of the top research universities that make up the Rusell Group - a figure significantly above the national average. Over the past ten years, our students have secured approximately twice as many places at Oxford and Cambridge as is typical for a state school Sixth Form. Meanwhile our location and strong links with local employers in the science, technology and engineering sectors have helped many of our students secure exciting apprenticeships. 

Examples of 2023 apprenticeship destinations

Degree Level Apprenticeship with BMW - Engineering Technician Apprentice

Degree Level Apprenticeship with UKAEA - Electrical Engineering

Degree Level Apprenticeship with ISA - Product Design

Degree Level Apprenticeship with STFC - Mechanical Engineering

Higher Level Apprenticeship with STFC - Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Higher Level Apprenticeship with Crown Packaging- Technician

Higher Level Apprenticeship with BMW - Control Technician

Other local apprenticeships with Motorlux Ford / Irun Solutions / business administration / electrical / plumbing and carpentry businesses.

List of 2023 university destinations

University of Nottingham Philosophy, Politics and Economics
University of Exeter Mathematics
University of Cambridge History of Art
University of Birmingham History
University of Bath Biochemistry with professional placement
Durham University English Literature
University of Oxford Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)
University of Bath Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
University of Birmingham Medicine
St George's, University of London Clinical Pharmacology
University of Bristol Mathematics and Philosophy
University of Bristol Mathematics
Cardiff University Law and French (Integrated)
University of Exeter Geography
University of Nottingham Veterinary Medicine
University of York History
University of Exeter History
University of Bath Architecture with professional placement
University of Southampton Law
University of Plymouth Geography with Ocean Science
University of Sheffield Mechanical Engineering
University of Manchester Biochemistry
University of East Anglia UEA Children and Young People's Nursing
University of Salford Media Technology
Cardiff Metropolitan University Sport and Exercise Science
University of Plymouth Law
University of Birmingham Business Management
Royal Holloway, University of London History
University of Southampton Marine Biology
Bristol, University of the West of England Filmmaking
University of Warwick English Literature
University of Plymouth Geography
University of Birmingham English Literature
University of Southampton Human Geography
University of Exeter Mathematics
University of Portsmouth Psychology
Nottingham Trent University Chemistry
Bristol, University of the West of England Psychology
University of Gloucestershire Education, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs 
University of Manchester Chemical Engineering with Energy and the Environment
Bath Spa University Business and Management (Law)
University of Bristol Geography with Study Abroad
Cardiff University Human Geography and Planning
Cardiff University History
University of Bath Biomedical Sciences with professional placement
Manchester Metropolitan University Criminology and Sociology
University of Southampton Business Management with Placement Year
Leeds Beckett University Accounting & Finance
Aberystwyth University Computer Graphics, Vision and Games
Newcastle University Geography
University of Leeds Diagnostic Radiography
Bristol, University of the West of England Psychology with Criminology (with Foundation Year)
Newcastle University Sport and Exercise Science
University of Bristol Social Policy with Study Abroad
University of Gloucestershire Human Geography
University of Portsmouth Sport and Exercise Psychology
Cardiff University Accounting and Finance with a Professional Placement Year
University of Nottingham Ancient History and History
Aberystwyth University Psychology
University of Liverpool Environmental Science
University of Winchester Forensic Investigation
University of Birmingham English Language and Linguistics
University of Sussex International Development with a Language
Cardiff University Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Plymouth Psychology with Clinical Psychology
Manchester Metropolitan University Education
University of Liverpool Biological Sciences
University of Manchester Children's Nursing
University of Exeter Law with Business with Professional Placement
University of Bristol Mathematics and Physics
Coventry University Aviation Management
University of Nottingham Medicinal and Biological Chemistry
University of Gloucestershire Clinical and Health Psychology
University of Warwick English Literature
University of Nottingham Engineering and Physical Sciences with Foundation Year
Bath Spa University Educational Psychology
University of Reading Real Estate with Urban Planning and Development
De Montfort University Law LLB
Falmouth University Graphic Design
Plymouth Marjon University Osteopathic Medicine
Plymouth Marjon University Sport and Exercise Science
Manchester Metropolitan University Educational Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University Criminology
University of Kent Law and Criminology
University of Warwick Modern Languages
Liverpool John Moores University Film Studies
Brunel University London Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year
University of Liverpool Screen Industries and Entertainment
University of Birmingham History
Loughborough University Geography
Bristol, University of the West of England Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies (with Foundation Year)
Bath Spa University Film and Screen Studies
Bath Spa University Film, Television and Digital Production
University of Liverpool History
University of Kent Health and Social Care
University of Birmingham Film and Creative Writing
University of Plymouth Criminology
Loughborough University Design (with placement year)
University of Glasgow English Literature
Royal Holloway, University of London English and Philosophy
University of York English/History of Art
Bournemouth University Biological Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University Marketing
Buckinghamshire New University Criminology and Forensic Studies
Buckinghamshire New University Fashion Design
Bath Spa University Journalism and Publishing
University of Surrey Veterinary Biosciences with Foundation Year
University of Brighton Primary Education 3-7 with QTS
Oxford Brookes University Film
Cardiff University Ancient History
University of Northampton Engineering (with Foundation Year)
University of Brighton Psychology and Criminology
Swansea University Geography with a Foundation Year
University of Birmingham English Language and Literature
University of Sussex Life Sciences (with a foundation year)
University of Leicester Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience
Manchester Metropolitan University Accounting and Finance
Anglia Ruskin University Primary Education Studies
De Montfort University Fashion Communication and Styling
University of Glasgow Environmental Geoscience
University of Leeds Environment and Business
Bournemouth University Psychology
Bristol, University of the West of England Biological Sciences
University of Bristol Biology
Oxford Brookes University Biomedical Science
BIMM University Popular Music Performance & Event Management