University Entry

Achieving a degree from a good university is one of the best ways to secure a successful future career. The key factors in doing this are:

  • Choosing the right A levels
  • Being ambitious and hard-working
  • Developing independent learning
  • Achieving your full potential
  • Being well informed and supported in applying to university.

We have our own special course to help sixth formers to prepare themselves properly for application to university and a rich programme of extra sessions, including everything from degree apprenticeships to Oxford and Cambridge. We also have many close links with universities such as Durham and Newcastle, invaluable when we need guest lecturers, when students want individual advice on specialist academic matters or when students need practice interviews.

In 2019 more than four out of five of our students went on to University and over three quarters of these went to the most selective universities of the Russell Group and Sutton Trust 30. We also sent students to universities overseas and to take degree apprenticeships.

Advice to Higher Education Applicants

Prospective applicants need to research thoroughly and to seek advice. The following websites are intended as a starting point and to provide a handy reference. Please bear in mind that this list is not intended to be exhaustive and that new resources appear all the time. (The fact that a site appears here does not mean we have extensively vetted it – be careful with confidential personal details and in particular your personal financial information). For up to date and accurate course information you can only expect the universities own websites to be reliable.

Those uncertain about Higher Education should look at , & These sites contain articles with useful advice on a number of career-related issues and plenty of job postings and work opportunities.

The main site is for course searching, finance information, links to universities etc. as well as applying for entry which opens in June of the year before courses start.

Recent work on the value of a degree is based on earnings after five years based on universities and subjects.  It is experimental but interesting 

Finance is a major concern for those new to the system and anyone who watches the news. Start by watching this video:

More information can be found on student finance at:

Applicants ought to register with sites which provide guidance and opportunities to enhance applications. This includes:

Other useful general information can be seen at:

Most of the best sites can be linked to from UCAS.

On what to study look at:

For medics interested in researching the role of the doctor , Core values, skills and attributes needed, NHS values Then use the universities own sites - there is good advice provided to applicants.

Where to go look at first (and keep going back to it). League tables are very varied is the UK official source on entry profiles, student satisfaction etc. Use it for researching your choices and also when choosing between your offers in UCAS,,,,!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats, The QS international table is at and an alternative is (League tables must be used carefully and critically! Key points are to drill down to course level and to identify the criteria used and decide which matter to you.)

For Higher Education convention visit planning For open day dates look at

Student Life,, accommodation) – accommodation,

Videos about universities


Study and Work Abroad,,,

For study abroad (finance is much more complicated and also can mean paying much more without government funding e.g. loans!)

Gap Year,,,,,,,,,,,,,,