We recognise the importance of not only supporting students in excellent exam results, but also equipping them to make a successful transition to university, apprenticeships and the world of work.
Future pathways discussions take place from the beginning of Year 12. We appreciate there’s some way to go, but encourage students to focus on their end goals and aspirations as we know this supports positive engagement and motivation in school.
Students attend weekly Personal and Spiritual Development workshops and during both Year 12 and Year 13 the programme for these centres around preparing for university, apprenticeship or job applications.
During PSD sessions, students explore topics such as “choosing the right post-16 destination”, “student finance”, “an introduction to personal statements” and “how to complete the UCAS form online”.
Students are also provided with a login for Unifrog, a fantastic research tool which contains guidance on universities, courses and careers. This is also the central log where students can record all activities and information necessary for their UCAS application.
PSD teachers are trained to support students in making effective applications
Our Luminaries Programme is aimed at those students who aspire to make applications to the most competitive universities or courses. This year, around 30 Trinity students have made applications to the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge or competitive courses with early deadlines such as Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.
Our Luminaries programme identifies these students early and guides them in the super curricular activities needed to set themselves apart from other applicants.
Whatever students’ aspirations, our Sixth Form and Careers teams support them with effective applications.
The majority of our students progress to university study following their completion of Trinity Sixth Form. Many students go to Russell Group universities to study a wide range of courses from Aerospace Engineering and Physics to Philosophy and Politics or Marine Biology. Each year we have a number of successful applicants for competitive courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.
We have also seen an increasing number of students who successfully take up degree apprenticeships and provide workshops and guidance in PSD lessons to support these pathways.
In 2023, some students progressed to more vocational undergraduate pathways, studying courses such as Landscape Architecture, Fashion Public Relations and Communications and Sports Business and Sports Broadcasting.
Below are some of the popular destinations for our students in 2023.
|University of Cambridge|
|University of Warwick|
|Imperial College London|
|King’s College London,|
|Queen Mary University of London|
|UCL (University College London)|
|University of Bath|
|University of Birmingham|
|University of Bristol|
|University of Exeter|
|University of Leeds|
|University of Liverpool|
|University of Manchester|
|University of Nottingham|
|University of Southampton|
|University of York|
|Anglia Ruskin University|
|Aston University, Birmingham|
|Canterbury Christ Church University|
|City, University of London|
|De Montfort University|
|Liverpool John Moores University|
|Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Nottingham Trent University|
|Royal Holloway, University of London|
|Sheffield Hallam University|
|The Engineering & Design Institute London|
|The University of Edinburgh|
|University College Birmingham|
|University of Aberdeen|
|University of Brighton|
|University of East Anglia UEA|
|University of Essex|
|University of Greenwich|
|University of Kent|
|University of Leicester|
|University of Northampton|
|University of Portsmouth|
|University of Reading|
|University of Sheffield|
|University of Stirling|
|University of Surrey|
|University of Sussex|
|University of the Arts London|
|University of Westminster, London|
All Sixth Form students can take advantage of excellent advice from our Careers team, by emailing [email protected]. The careers office is next to Room 73 on Upper Site. As well as regularly circulating opportunities to students, we can support with personal queries about future pathways.
We provide opportunities for our students to gain experience of university life through mentoring from current undergraduate students, visiting speakers such as university admissions officers and higher education evenings and fairs.
We also encourage students to gain first hand experience through visiting higher education providers themselves. Some excellent advice and opportunities can be found at: https://www.unitasterdays.com/
The University and College admissions service (UCAS) also run several university fairs each year and given our fortunate position close to the centre of London, we promote these and encourage students (where academic commitments allow) to attend.
The London ExCel centre hosts a comprehensive fair on 18th-19th March 2024 and we will send further details to parents and students closer to the time.