Post 18 Options

Our students progress onto a variety of different options after their A Levels including university, higher level apprenticeships and employment.

University Applications

Information and advice regarding the University Council for Admissions (UCAS) is given to students through the Pastoral System beginning in the Spring Term of Year 12. This process continues for more than a year until each student who wishes to be, is placed by the time examination results are published. Support provided includes a Post 18 Options Introduction Day in the Summer Term of Year 12 where we have a variety of visiting speakers. Mrs Gillson is a highly experienced and skilled UCAS coordinator and is available to support students with their applications throughout the process. Students also have the opportunity to visit the Higher Education Fair at Birmingham NEC in the Summer Term of Year 12. King Edward VI Sixth Form students currently at university or in employment return to school to give advice and information to students. There is also an opportunity for all students to attend a Russell Group university and experience taster sessions.

One to one support is given by form tutors during tutor time and during a dedicated Post 18 Option progress check during the Autumn Term of Year 13. Tutors and teachers will give advice on personal statement drafts as well as providing subject specific references. All applications are rigorously checked before being sent to UCAS. We are proud of our very high levels of success with university applications, including those to Oxford and Cambridge and Russell Group universities.

Applicants for Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Students applying to Oxbridge or for courses in medicine, law or veterinary medicine work closely with

Miss Williamson throughout Years 12 and 13. In addition to input from tutors, where is a variety of extra support provided. Students are given additional advice on their personal statements and application forms to ensure they meet the earlier deadline of 15 October. We also provide students with mock interviews and specific subject interviews such as a mini medical school for medical applicants. Students are also given suggested reading and viewing and provided with a wide selection of books exclusively for Sixth Form students upstairs in the Learning Resource Centre. In the Spring Term of Year 12, students are encouraged and supported in their applications to a variety of summer schools and master classes to enrich their educational experience and give them an experience of studying at a higher level at prestigious universities.

We have had a great deal of success with our higher level applications. Our successful students are keen to return to school and inspire current students to aim high and apply for these institutions.

Apprenticeships and Employment

We recognise that further education is not the route for all students. We therefore are keen to support those students who wish to undertake an apprenticeship or employment. Support is provided through the Careers Service and personal tutors to make such applications. References are written by subject teachers and collated by tutors. We have a number of students who have successfully secured places on higher level apprenticeships and professional employment in areas such as accountancy and business.

University Destination of School Leavers 2019

University                                                        Course

Nottingham Trent University      Business Management and Economics
Cardiff University      Engineering with Foundation Year
University of Lincoln      Pharmacy with Science Foundation Year
University of Wolverhampton      War Studies
University of Sheffield      Korean Studies with Japanese
Liverpool John Moores University      Computer Science
University of Sheffield      Mechanical Engineering
University of Southampton      Acoustical Engineering
Swansea University      Computer Science
University of Birmingham      International Business with Language (4 years)
Bangor University      Marine Biology
Birmingham City University      Criminology
Loughborough University      Marketing and Management (with placement year)
Nottingham Trent University      Professional Policing
University of Sheffield      Business Management and Japanese Studies
Liverpool John Moores University      Business with Marketing
Loughborough University      Criminology and Social Policy
Bournemouth University      Games Design
University of Oxford      English Language and Literature
Nottingham Trent University      Sport and Exercise Science
University of Leeds      Mathematics
Sheffield Hallam University      Psychology
University of Sheffield      Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University      Business with Marketing
University of Manchester      Accounting
University of Liverpool      Law
University of Birmingham      Law
University of Liverpool      Geography and Planning
Nottingham Trent University      Business Management and Marketing
University of Birmingham      Political Science and International Relations
Liverpool Hope University      Law
University of Wolverhampton      Children’s Nursing
Nottingham Trent University      Zoo Biology
Loughborough University      Accounting and Financial Management (with placement year)
Liverpool John Moores University      Business Management
University of Liverpool      Psychology
University of Nottingham      Finance, Accounting and Management
University of Liverpool      Psychology
University of Bath      Chemical Engineering (wth placement)
University of Southampton      Law with Psychology
University of Gloucestershire      Primary Education: 5-11 Keystage 1/Keystage 2
Nottingham Trent University      Business Management and Entrepreneurship
University of Exeter      Computer Science and Mathematics
Liverpool John Moores University      Fine Art
University of Leicester      Law
University of Liverpool      Criminology
Liverpool John Moores University      Criminal Justice
Nottingham Trent University      Professional Policing
Keele University      Education and English Literature
University of Nottingham      Electrical and Electronic Engineering including an Industrial Year
University of Surrey      Sport and Exercise Science with Foundation Year
University of Birmingham      Mathematics
University of Leicester      Marketing
Durham University      General Engineering
Staffordshire University      Visitor Attraction and Resort Management
University of Birmingham      Nursing (Adult)
University of Birmingham      Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University      Criminology and Sociology
Sheffield Hallam University      Criminology
University of Birmingham      Law
Keele University      Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)
University of Sheffield      Accounting and Financial Management
University of Bath      Architecture (with placement)
Nottingham Trent University      Design for Stage and Screen (Design for Film and Television)
Sheffield Hallam University      Biology
Birmingham City University      Psychology
Lancaster University      History (Study Abroad)
University of Exeter      Geography
Harper Adams University      Rural Property Management (with Placement)

In addition to the students studying at University, other destinations included:


t         Apprenticeships in Accountancy, Engineering, Banking, Estate Agency, Police, Business Administration, Education Administration and Construction

t         Service applications with the RAF and Marines

t         Employment across a number of industries

t         Continuing Education



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Gap Year and then University 13% 9% 8% 15% 8% 15%
Further Education 1% 2% 3% 1% 7% 5%
Employment / Apprenticeship 14% 13% 11% 8% 9% 6%
University Abroad 1% 1%
Services 1% 1% 3% 3%