Careers - Sixth Form and Beyond

After finishing 6th Form, there are many different options that you could choose to take.  At the bottom of the page are useful links which explain what's on offer.

Don't forget that you can book to speak to Mr Targett and the best way to go about this is to speak to Mrs Howard (maths), who is the Sixth Form Careers Lead. Use your Unifrog login to help you do research and get further help.


We strongly advise pupils to follow Kent Choices on instagram, especially if they are interested in looking at apprenticeships : 

Your Options at 16+

There are many options available for students at Post 16 and Post 18, the following links can help you when exploring your options:


Options at 18

Thinking of a Gap Year?

Websites to help you research

Options with your subjects

The Complete University Guide

Alternatives to University



Applying for Post 16 options

Applying for Higher Education

Applying for Apprenticeships


Apprenticeships and Other Pathways


We strongly advise pupils to follow Kent Choices on instagram, especially if they are interested in looking at apprenticeships :

As tuition fees rise, and more young people find themselves looking for alternatives to university, many are turning to apprenticeships to get their careers off the ground. But are they a viable alternative?

The Myth: Apprenticeships are for students that didn’t get the grades for university.

The Reality: Apprenticeships are valuable, hands-on qualifications that allow young people to earn while they learn in a whole range of industries. Higher Apprenticeships even carry the same weight as a Foundation degree which can be converted into a full Honours degree.

The Myth: Apprenticeships are only for manual trade jobs.

The Reality : This is not entirely true, although there may be a wide range of apprenticeships in construction, engineering, IT services, which are very hands-on, there are also a vast choice of vocational trades such as law, fashion, media.


The Options

There are three tiers of apprenticeship:

· Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes

· Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes

· Higher – lead to NVQ Level 4 and above and increasingly to a full degree paid for by the employer

All apprenticeships are required to be at least 12 months long.


The National Apprenticeship Service advertises upcoming vacancies from the country’s biggest and best apprenticeship employers. It was launched by Anne Milton, Skills Minister, at the House of Commons on 26th June 2018 and is shown below :

Please also see the ASK Brochure here




A new scheme is giving young people the chance to train within law without studying for a legal degree!

The Level 4 Apprenticeship in Legal Services from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is equivalent to the first year of a university degree course.  It makes the route to becoming a paralegal much easier.

There is also an option to become a Charted Legal Executive Lawyer (similar to a Solicitor) but you specialise in one area of the law.

The scheme has 750 places this year and hopes to encourage people from all walks of life to enter the legal profession.

While there are no set entry requirements, firms are likely to impose on minimum requirements such as good GCSEs in Maths and English.

Firms get full funding for apprenticeships aged 16-18, while half the cost is paid for those aged 19-24.   Traineeships are being run in personal injury, insolvency commercial litigation and debt recovery.

You can apply now at or find out more by visiting


There are 100 places for school leavers to help shape the Government policy.  Various role in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Education, Cabinet office, Crown Prosecution Service, H M Revenue & Customs, Work & Pensions and the Ministry Of Justice.  Salaries will depend of the department and location but the minimum is £18,763.

All trainees will work towards a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

Applicants must have 5 GCSEs at grade A-C including Maths and English Language.  They must be aged between 18-21 on August 13 and be able to start September 2013.

Applications are open until 28th April at


Considering a Gap Year or working abroad?


What could I do?

Volunteer, Open University(part and full time); Princes Trust; Professional Training Schemes; TEFL; employment; Apprenticeship; College/Adult Education.

Higher Education

UCAS Applications

The UCAS portal for registrations for 2021 undergraduate applications. 

Pupils can start their applications from Tuesday 19th May. 

You’ll find everything you need here to help you with getting your UCAS application (how you apply for university) sorted from home. A lot of these tasks will be research based to help you discover what you want to study/where you want to study/how you want to study! The research tasks are for your own benefit so don’t skip them just because you don’t need to send anything to me – you will find this worthwhile in the long run.

University is not for everybody but if there is a part of you that is thinking you MIGHT be interested in going to university I would highly recommend you set up your account. Applications have to be sent off by the end of the year (December 2020) so it is vital that you try and get as much done using these guides as possible and not leave it all until we are back in school.

Work through the tasks in order so that you don’t miss anything out and email me if you get stuck with anything:

Good luck and enjoy – this should be an exciting time thinking about your future

Miss Hyde

Information booklet to help with your registration

Registration Form

Spotlight on You information pack

Thinking about uni information pack

Registration Walkthrough Videos

Below is the list of the qualifications and the units you are studying, however if you have any questions regarding current BTEC qualifications including units or need any previous results gained at St Georges, please contact Mrs Lewis, Exams Officer -


Help with Finances at Further / Higher Education


Student Finance for Education Click Here
Student Finance for Higher Education Click Here 
Student Loans Myth Busting Click Here 
Scholarships and Grants for University Click Here 
Dance and Drama Awards Click Here 
Support for students from overseas Click Here 
Advice on budgeting for College or University Click Here 
SEND Click Here 

Budgeting at University