University, Apprenticeship and Post Sixth Form Applications

University Applications (UCAS)

At Kingsdale Foundation School Sixth Form, we are proud of the excellent links that we have with a range of top universities both in the United Kingdom and abroad which include Queen Mary, Imperial College, Oxford University and Harvard & Yale.

Throughout their time with us, there is a real focus for students on the transition to higher education, with our students participating in a whole programme of activities to prepare them fully for their UCAS applications. 

This extensive programme includes visits to universities all over the country throughout the year, as well as to the United States, as part of our successful Autumn excursion to Boston, including both Harvard and Yale.  We also operate a rolling programme of external speakers who visit the school to discuss a range of subjects linked to higher education, including student finance, personal statements and academic programmes.  Most recently, this has included speakers from Imperial College and Queen Mary Universitiy.  Students are also able to benefit to access to residential courses and extra tuition at our partner universities, including Imperial College.

In the academic year 2017-18, approximately 66% of our cohort matriculated to Russell Group or 1994 universities, including Cambridge University. Destinations and courses included:

University of Birmingham - Mechanical Engineering

Bristol University - Politics & International Relations

Manchester University - Spanish & Japanese

Oxford University - PPE

Oxford University - English Language & Literature

Queen Mary - Engineering

The University of Reading - Archaelogy

The University of Sheffield - Politics

St Georges, University of London - Medicine

Sussex University - Arts & Humanities

Art Foundation Applications 

In the Summer of 2018, all of our Year 13 Art, Textiles and Photography students went on to study at their first choice university for a Foundation Year in Art & Design.  Three students went to Kingston University, three to Central Saint Martins and one student to the private college DLD. One student was accepted directly to study for her degree at SOAS university.

This was an outstanding achievement. These courses are incredibly oversubscribed and we are very proud of these students and their hard work.

The work produced on all of our Art based courses in the Sixth Form continues to be of an excellent standard and students are fully supported as they progress on to develop their potential careers in this field.

Apprenticships and the World of Work

Although many of our students progress on to university after their time in our Sixth Form, an increasing number of students consider applying for higher level apprenticeships to learn a specific skill set while entering the world of work.  At Kingsdale we provide effective and personalised careers guidance and support, to assist our students in making choices which suit their aspirations, interests and abilities.

Recently we have assisted students to undertake higher level apprenticeships in sound engineering, accident and emergency medicine, vetinary science and civil engineering.  

Please contact Mr Unwin, Head of Learning for the Upper Sixth (Year 13), for more information about our dynamic programme for preparing students for Higher and Further Education.

For further details about studying at either Harvard or Yale, or for more information about proposed exciting excursion to these institutions in June 2020, please contact Mr Sear, Deputy Headteacher via


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