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The majority of our students go onto University after their A levels but an increasing number of students are exploring Apprenticeships and other pathways. We support students in their applications to a wide range of Universities and courses. Our alumni go on to achieve success in a wide variety of subjects from traditional academic degrees to more vocational degrees from Marine Biology to Fashion Buying, at universities and providers all over the United Kingdom and beyond. 

Take a look at the ‘Destination Data’ section on the website to find out what our 2018 leavers did next.

For those students who choose not to go to University we have our own independent Careers Advisor who supports students to go on to employment in banking, accountancy, the Armed Forces, retail and many other areas.


Our University Application process is thorough and all students have the following opportunities and support.

  • Our biennial careers and Aspirations Fair (The next one will be in Autumn 2021)
  • A visit to the Higher Education Fair at Leeds Beckett University
  • A UCAS Next Steps week in June (including input on personal statements from Lancaster and Leeds Universities and an explanation of the electronic application system –
  • As part of our tutorial programme students can request personal sessions if requested
  • Subject and student references, written by subject staff and collated by personal tutors, into composite reference for UCAS form
  • A Finance Talk
  • ‘Higher Education Evening for Parents’
  • Internal deadline of October half term (in order for students to make early entry for places)


Apply+ is designed to support you through the UCAS application process.  All IGS students will receive UCAS support in school but Apply+ recognises that applications to some universities and courses require additional help.  This may be because of qualifying tests, interviews, work experience requirements or the need to extend your learning well beyond the classroom.

Students will be identified early if they are thinking of applying for highly competitive places.

This includes courses which usually includes an academic interview and/or specific work experience such as Oxbridge, University College and Imperial, London, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Law but not vocational degrees (art/acting/teaching etc). These students will be supported through their application through their Group Tutors/Curriculum areas.


You are encouraged to attend University Open / Taster Days as soon as possible. These will be available to apply for from February. It is expected that students will apply to Open Days which are held on a weekend or during holidays to avoid impacting on your studies.


The process of applying to Higher Education starts in Year 12.

Students are introduced to the UCAS procedure initially through tutor time, assemblies and finally, after Year 12 Study Leave, through the ‘Next Steps Conference’. Parents are also given information through the Higher Education Evening in June


We have regular visits from the local colleges who operate level 2/3 apprenticeships to inform the students the importance of this method of progression. We also have monthly bulletins to show all the local apprenticeship vacancies.


We have links with various GAP Year institutions including Project Trust, a charitable organisation which operates all over the world. If a student is planning to take a year out we encourage our students to undertake a calculated and well planned gap year.  Students do receive information on GAP years through our enrichment programme.


Careers guidance is an important part of the Post-16 Tutorial Programme.  The aim is always to raise aspirations. We arrange visits to the local UCAS Higher Education Conference at Leeds and Oxbridge Conferences. Alongside this we make students aware of alternative pathways, training opportunities and higher apprenticeships through the CEP programme.

This is brought together in a Next Steps Conference in the Summer Term of Year 12. This looks at Post-18 opportunities, applying for UCAS, writing personal statement and CVs.  During the year you will also have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers, local employers, Gap Year Providers etc. to help you make an informed decision about your future pathway.

Our Careers Adviser, Mrs Karen Mitchell, is also available for careers advice. Make an appointment through the Post-16 Student Support Managers. She can be found in her office room C10.


We encourage all Post-16 Students to engage in work experience to enhance their personal profile. For some students this will be a compulsory requirement for future pathways and for others it will enhance your application or help clarify your future pathway.

Try to find your own placement, however, if this is not possible see Mrs Jo Mitchell in her office in room C10 to identify your interests.

Before you embark on the placement you will need to decide on the rationale for the experience, complete all the necessary paperwork and forward all information to Mrs Jo Mitchell. At the end of the week you will be expected to complete a self-reflection process to include in your profile.

In recent years students have undertaken work experience at the BBC in London, in Spain and at local hospitals and national companies. The possibilities are endless.

Our A Level Spanish students have been travelling to Spain for a week’s work experience in February for about 8 years.  Every year has been a total success with students returning fired with enthusiasm for their studies and with their love of Spain renewed.

Participants have travelled to a variety of locations in Spain including Gerona, Tarragona, Segovia and more recently Burgos.  Students have had the chance to work in a range of work placements, for example cafés, radio stations, schools, nurseries, record shops, hairdressing salons and restaurants, including the one famous for its roast suckling pig (much visited by Franco!)


For 2021, the Challenge and Celebration week work experience will be 19th – 23rd July. Students will be expected to source their own work experience placement in a career area which is related to their studies. The deadline for completed forms is 1pm Friday 11th December 2020. Details from Mrs Jo Mitchell in C10



If you are looking to apply for employment where that be Post-18 or as a temporary part time job during your studies this should be completed using the CV tool on the Unifrog website. This will mean your tutor can support you in with the process. If you are not completing a University Application this is a requirement of your Year 13 studies.