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. We work alongside Services for Young People who provide advice and guidance for students 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 at the start of the summer term in 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.

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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Students have successfully secured higher level apprenticeships and exciting work opportunities. Below you can see the apprenticeships being undertaken by leavers.

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.”

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.

90% of students in Year 13 who applied to university gained a place at their first choice institution. Thirteen students gained places at their insurance choice and four through Clearing. Students secured places at a wide range of institutions on a whole host of courses. One student secured a place at Oxford to study biology. Two students have gone to study medicine, 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.

University Destinations 2023

Aberystwyth UniversityComputer Science
Arts University BournemouthModelmaking
Arts University BournemouthVisual Effects (VFX) for Film and Television
Bath Spa UniversityFilm, Television and Digital Production
Bournemouth UniversityMultimedia Journalism
Bournemouth UniversitySports Therapy
Bournemouth UniversityBusiness & Management
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandBusiness Management and Marketing
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandBusiness Management and Marketing
Bristol, University of the West of EnglandFilm Studies
Cardiff Metropolitan UniversityMedia and Communications
Durham UniversityMathematics (4 years)
Durham UniversityPhysics
Edge Hill UniversitySoftware Engineering
Imperial College LondonEconomics, Finance and Data Science
Leeds Arts UniversityGraphic Design
Leeds Beckett UniversityMarketing Management
Leeds Beckett UniversitySport Marketing
Leeds Beckett UniversitySports & Exercise Therapy
Leeds Beckett UniversityApplied Sports Studies in Rugby League
Leeds Beckett UniversitySports Journalism
Leeds Beckett UniversityFashion Marketing
Leeds Beckett UniversitySport and Exercise Science
Leeds Beckett UniversityPrimary Education (3-7) with Qualified Teacher Status
Leeds Beckett UniversityQuantity Surveying
Leeds Beckett UniversitySport and Exercise Science
Leeds Beckett UniversitySports & Exercise Therapy
Loughborough UniversityMechanical Engineering (with placement year)
Loughborough UniversitySport and Exercise Science
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityAdvertising and Brand Communications
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityInternational Relations
Manchester Metropolitan UniversityBusiness Management
Nottingham Trent UniversityChemistry
Nottingham Trent UniversityHistory with International Relations
Nottingham Trent UniversityMedia Communications and Culture
Nottingham Trent UniversityHistory
Nottingham Trent UniversityPsychology
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness
Nottingham Trent UniversityForensic Science
Nottingham Trent UniversityPsychology
Nottingham Trent UniversityMedia Communications and Culture
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent UniversityChemistry
Nottingham Trent UniversityLaw
Nottingham Trent UniversityProduct Design
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent UniversityBusiness Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent UniversitySoftware Engineering
Queen Mary University of LondonBSc Accountancy
Solent University (Southampton)Sports Journalism
Swansea UniversityAerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry
Swansea UniversityChemistry
UCL (University College London)Law
UCL (University College London)Politics and International Relations
University of BirminghamPhilosophy
University of BirminghamLaw with German Law
University of BirminghamComputer Science with Digital Technology Partnership (PwC)
University of BrightonAerospace Engineering
University of BrightonComputer Science
University of BristolHistory
University of East Anglia UEAHistory
University of East Anglia UEABiochemistry
University of East Anglia UEAMarketing and Management with a Year Abroad
University of East Anglia UEAGeography
University of East Anglia UEAInternational Relations and Politics
University of ExeterHistory
University of ExeterGeography
University of HertfordshireAerospace Engineering
University of HertfordshireSports Therapy
University of HertfordshireModel Design (Model Effects)
University of HertfordshireSport Business Management
University of HertfordshireComputing Technologies (Networks and Cybersecurity) Foundation Degree
University of HertfordshireBiomedical Science
University of KentChemistry
University of LeedsEnvironment and Business
University of LeedsBiochemistry
University of LeedsSport and Exercise Sciences
University of LeedsHistory
University of LeicesterBusiness and Management
University of LeicesterEnglish and History
University of LincolnChemistry with Science Foundation Year
University of LiverpoolChemistry
University of LiverpoolInternational Relations
University of ManchesterChemistry
University of ManchesterMedical Biochemistry
University of NorthamptonPsychology (Counselling)
University of NottinghamNursing (Mental Health)
University of NottinghamMedicine at Lincoln
University of NottinghamPolitics and International Relations
University of NottinghamChemistry
University of NottinghamCriminology
University of NottinghamCriminology
University of NottinghamPharmacology
University of NottinghamCriminology
University of NottinghamPhysics
University of NottinghamMedicine
University of OxfordBiology
University of PlymouthFilmmaking
University of PortsmouthMarketing
University of PortsmouthGeography
University of PortsmouthMarine Biology
University of ReadingBiochemistry with Professional Experience
University of ReadingConstruction Management and Surveying
University of SheffieldInternational Relations and Politics
University of SheffieldBioengineering
University of SouthamptonBusiness Analytics
University of SouthamptonGeography
University of SouthamptonPsychology
University of SouthamptonCriminology and Psychology
University of SurreyAerospace Engineering with Foundation Year
University of SussexDesign and Business (with a foundation year)
University of WarwickAccounting and Finance with Placement Year
University of Westminster, LondonLaw
University of Westminster, LondonLaw
University of WinchesterPhilosophy, Religion and Ethics
University of YorkComputer Science with Artificial Intelligence (with a year in industry)