Higher Education

Higher Education Preparation

There is a wide selection of literature on careers and all forms of higher and further education and gap years available to the students.  Throughout the year, Post 16 students have university lecturers, admissions staff and graduated students who come in to give information and advice to our Sixth Formers.

American Universities: During the Autumn term we promote a few Saturday events which educate students about the opportunity to study in America.  Following this the University and Careers Adviser offers support and advice on applications throughout the year, including preparation for the SATs (American university admissions tests).

The UCAS Procedure: Beginning in the Summer term of Year 12, the students are introduced, through a series of seminar and talks, to the UCAS process. Advice is given on the procedures, and how to make an effective application. At the end of the Summer Term there is an extensive programme covering student finance, personal statement writing, gap years and how to make a success of university life. As the students move into Year 13, they are given full support through the application process from filling in the UCAS form to accepting offers and attending university.

Gifted and Talented Provision: In addition to the many specific gifted and talented enrichment activities that various departments run, we offer support for those considering Oxbridge and/or Russell Group University applications.

The Extended Project Qualification: We are delighted to offer the successful and highly valued EPQ: a qualification which equate to half an A Level.  Students undertake an independent project of their choice and present their findings to a panel of assessors.  This qualification is much respected by Russell group universities and enables students applying for highly competitive universities to add another dimension to their application. 

Oxbridge Evening: In the Spring term there is an ‘Oxbridge’ evening for candidates and their parents who are considering an application to Oxford or Cambridge. The evening is comprised of visiting speakers from the universities and an opportunity to ask questions. Click here for further information.

Interview Training: We are able to offer ‘Oxbridge’ interview training, and there is also provision for additional (and more general) training by an outside agency.

Work Experience: During the holidays Year 12 students are encouraged to spend time doing work experience. This plays an increasingly important part in university admissions and while it is a good idea to try to find a placement which is pertinent to your preferred university subject, it is by no means necessary. All work experience is valuable.

Gap Years: Gap years are increasingly popular and opportunities and advice are offered to students throughout the Sixth Form. Opportunities for voluntary work, teaching, working and travelling are advertised to students throughout the year by the Head of Sixth and the Head of Careers.

Careers Guidance

Our experienced team here includes the support of Connexions, a respected advisory service available to young people.  Careers guidance is always available at our school, and appointments and/or mentoring are organised according to students’ needs throughout the year.  Beyond the classroom, we provide students with diverse careers opportunities events, not only within our school but also in conjunction with other local schools.
Our excellent local and national business links mean that we utilise our Business College status to ensure that students have contact with a range of professionals from many different backgrounds.  Our aim is to provide all students with a diverse field of careers to choose from, whilst understanding the requirements for these fields.

Taster Week in Summer Term

An induction week is made available for students to sample activities and lessons from the courses that we offer. This is a great opportunity to experience life at STAGS, meet staff and make friends. It is expected that all students who have accepted places should attend this week.

Considering Oxbridge – student guide

2016 University Destinations

Destination Subject
Apprenticeship ICT Apprenticeship – Accenture
Apprenticeship Business Administration
Arts University Bournemouth Fine Art
Aston University Computing for Business ITMB
Aston University Business and Management
Aylesbury College Theatrical Hair and Make up
Bedfordshire Accounting and Finance
Bedfordshire Psychology
Bird Academy, Greenwich Dance and Theatre studies
Birmingham Drama and Theatre Arts
Birmingham History
Birmingham Biomedical Science
Birmingham Modern Languages
Birmingham City Criminology
Bournemouth Film Studies
Bournemouth Film Studies
Bournemouth Multimedia Journalism
Bournemouth Nutrition
Bristol Biochemistry
Bristol History
Bristol Classics
Bristol Geography
Bristol English
Brunel Law
Brunel Information Systems, Computing and Maths
Cambridge Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
City University Sociology
Coventry Media Production
Dundee Economics
Durham Maths
Essex Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Exeter Geography
Exeter Natural Sciences
Exeter History
Greenwich Law
Kent Multimedia Technology
Kent International Relations and Politics
Kent Drama and Theatre
Lancaster Spanish Studies & Geography
Lancaster Geography
Leeds Medicine
Leeds English and American Studies
Leicester Politics and International Relations
Lincoln History
Lincoln Accountancy and Finance
Liverpool History
Liverpool John Hope Maths
Loughborough Management Sciences
Loughborough Communication and Media Studies
Manchester Biology
Manchester Metropolitan International Politics with Japenese
Medway school of Pharmacy Pharmacology and Physiology
Middlesex International Politics
Newcastle Psychology
Newcastle Media, Communication and Cultural Studies
Nottingham Computer Science
Nottingham Biology
Nottingham Film and Television Studies
Nottingham Politics and International Relations
Nottingham Trent Business Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent Business Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent Costume Design and Making
Oaklands College Art Foundation
Oaklands College Art Foundation
Oaklands College Art Foundation
Oaklands College Art Foundation
Plymouth Mechanical Engineering
Portsmouth Psychology
Queen Mary’s History
Queen Mary’s History
Queen Mary’s English
Retail Training Academy Fashion Merchandising
Royal Holloway Geography
Royal Holloway Psychology
Sheffield Geography
Sheffield International Relations and Politics
Sheffield Speech Sciences
Sheffield Economics
Sheffield Hallam Food and Nutrition
Sheffield Hallam Software Engineering
Southampton English
Surrey International Events Management
Sussex Social Sciences
Sussex Psychology
Sussex Social Sciences
Sussex Zoology
Sussex Marketing with Management
University of Central Lancashire Asia Pacific Studies
University of East Anglia English with a foundation year
University of East Anglia English and Creative Writing
University of East Anglia Paramedic Science
University of Hertfordshire Children’s Nursing
University of Westminster Business Management
Warwick Maths
Writtle College Veterinary Physiotherapy
York Biomedical Science
York French with Linguistics