Higher Education & Careers

Nottingham High School

In the Sixth Form we build on the careers foundation laid from Year 9 onwards under the guidance of Mrs Poole, the Careers Coordinator.

From the start of Year 12, our Sixth Form students will start looking towards their future choices beyond school. They are given a presentation by The Director of Higher Education Admissions, Mr Colin Sedgewick, on the various pathways open to them, from Higher Apprenticeships and School Leaver programmes through to direct employment and, of course, UK and foreign undergraduate degree courses.

Throughout the Sixth Form, students are encouraged to think about their future education and careers, and receive ongoing support from their personal tutor and the Careers Department.

Higher Apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes and direct employment

In recent years, students have gained prestigious Higher Apprenticeships with companies such as Rolls-Royce and Experian, as well as School Leaver’s placements with KPMG, in particular. The principal benefits of these programmes are that they not only provide fee-free honours degree courses at top universities, but also salaried employment with the firms, giving them invaluable experience straight from school.

John Lewis and other local firms have excellent, fast-track programmes for school leavers, offering excellent benefits and giving employees a competitive edge in the job market, with some of our students taking advantage of these exciting opportunities.

Foreign universities

Nottingham High School has a long association with foreign universities, with our students having gone on to attend universities in Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, USA and Russia.

Our inaugural Foreign Universities Roadshow took place in March 2016, when representatives from numerous European and American universities provided information on the courses offered and the practical issues of studying abroad.

UK universities

The students are given every possible opportunity to explore which universities and courses would be the right choice for them, taking into account their individual preferences, particular talents and potential career path.

Nottingham High School has an outstanding record of helping students to gain places to study at top universities and on competitive courses.

Mr Sedgewick focuses on giving Sixth Formers the skills they need to apply successfully to Higher Education establishments through UCAS.  From the start of the Sixth Form, our students are encouraged to build up evidence of their commitment to their chosen courses.  They are pointed towards work experience, courses, lectures and reading and instructed on how to reflect on these, as well as developing a range of co-curricular activities. 

Students are  taken through the whole UCAS application process, including how to choose universities and courses, what universities look for in a personal statement, and how to complete the online application. There will also be an information evening for parents, where they will learn about the UCAS system and how we prepare their sons and daughters for the next stage of their education.

For those of our students applying for the most competitive courses, requiring them to undertake further tests and competitive interviews, including all Oxbridge, Medical, Dental and Veterinary applicants, a programme of preparation meetings and mock interviews is provided, making sure that each student has a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of their application.

All UCAS applicants receive a copy of the comprehensive Nottingham High School Guide to University Applications, which covers all aspects of the application process, including how to register with UCAS, how to complete the form, a guide to writing personal statements, plus important dates and deadlines.  There is also important information about the preparation of candidates for those courses and universities that will give competitive interviews.

Careers guidance

Developing our partnership with Futurewise, (formerly the Independent Schools Careers Organisation), and in conjunction with the input for higher education and the workplace, all Sixth Form students have the opportunity to have an individual careers interview with one of the Futurewise Careers advisers, who use their expertise to discuss and advise students about possible careers and requirements for their chosen pathway. They have up to date information and sources about the full range of career opportunities, and provide vital help to our applicants.