Higher Education

At Westlands Sixth Form, we offer a support programme for students looking to proceed to higher education. Students can expect guided workshops, talks from local universities and trips during Years 12-13 along with individual and group support meetings. In term 6, we will be holding a Year 12 HE Transitions Panel for Parents and Students, more details will be shared during Term 5. Full details of our Careers programme can be found here.

Why should I go to University?

By studying at University you will:

  • Increase your knowledge, study what you love with the top experts in their fields;

  • Get your first true taste of independence and freedom, build self-confidence, experience all aspects of student life, broaden your horizons and meet new people;

  • Gain a qualification that is internationally recognised; UK higher education qualifications are recognised and respected by employers and academics worldwide;

  • Develop the essential skills you will need in your career and working life; communication, organisation, time management, team work, leadership and problem-solving;

  • Increase your earning potential; having a degree makes you more attractive to employers, you will have a greater choice of jobs and you will earn more. The average salary for graduates is 30% higher than for non-graduates aged 25-30. In 2013–14 , 90% of all graduates were in work or further study within six months of leaving university.

How do I apply to University?

Thinking about going to university? Our careers programme will help you to move forward with your next steps. A member of staff will always be available to help if you have any questions. You can also learn about how and when to apply to university using the websites below.

Applying to University - UCAS

Russell Group University Advice

Can I visit a University before I apply?

Universities regularly have open days scheduled for potential students. Some universities are also offering virtual opening days so that you can meet university staff, learn about the campus and courses and ask any questions that you may have. To discover more about open day opportunities, you can visit the websites below.

UCAS University Open Days (Virtual)

UCAS University Open Days

What can I study at University? 

Deciding what to study at university can be daunting. Your choice of subject at Sixth Form or college can change the options that you may have at University. Each subject you study will open doors to different degrees. For more information you can visit the Informed Choices  website and discover which subjects you should study to get into your dream degree.

You may also like to speak to a member of the Westlands School Careers Team.

Higher Degree and Apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships go from level 4 to 7 and are equivalent to a foundation degree and above. Degree apprenticeships are available at levels 6 and 7 and are equivalent to a full bachelor's and Master's. They combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. 

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in more detail - Career Pilot