Post 18 Options

Post Sixth Form Preparation

Careers, university and apprenticeship preparation are an integral part of the sixth form experience at The Holt.

The preparations start on the first day in Year 12 as students establish good study systems and embark on new experiences through enrichment activities.

In Year 12, the Seminar & Tutorial programme will focus on what to consider when choosing a course and university. For students who choose to go for a level 3 or degree level apprenticeship, we also give advice on what to consider when choosing a scheme. There is dedicated time to give advice and guidance on writing UCAS personal statements and letters of applications to apprenticeship schemes.

This process continues through the autumn term of Year 13 for the students applying to university as our internal UCAS deadline is in December. For students applying for apprenticeships we support them throughout the year until they have secured a placement.

We also hold an annual interview day for both Year 12 and Year 13 students, where external visitors come in to school to run mock interviews. Our interviewers are currently working in a range of different fields and also have experience of interviewing candidates. They provide constructive feedback to students to support them completing interviews in their future careers.

Students are encouraged to talk to their personal tutors, subject teachers, the Head of Sixth Form, the Deputy Head of Sixth Form and our Careers Lead about their plans post 18.

Careers Guidance in Sixth Form

University Applications

The following websites and documents provide some additional guidance about the process of applying to university and our timeline to support student applications at The Holt. 

The Holt School UCAS Process

Benefits of Higher Education

The Holt School UCAS Predicted Grades

UCAS - The University and College Admissions Service
UCAS – Student Finance - Guide to student finance
The Complete University Guide - Independent UK university rankings, course information and expert advice for every student

Early Entry and Oxbridge Programme

For those students who wish to make Oxbridge applications or applications that require early entry, we have a dedicated team of staff to support. Students will receive advice and guidance from our specialist Oxbridge mentor, and will attend various events through our partnership with Wellington College.

Students will also be offered the opportunity for preparation for the various entry examinations, alongside mock interviews with subject specialists.

The Holt School Early Entry Information

Guidance for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine

Admissions Tests

Admissions Testing Service
UKCAT – UK Clinical Aptitude Test
LNAT – National Admission Test for Law

Apprenticeships & School Leaver Schemes

We provide extensive support to students who are considering the apprenticeship pathway as their destination after sixth form. This includes external speakers from apprenticeship providers, guidance from their personal tutors, an additional opportunity for a mock apprenticeship interview in Year 13, visits from Holt alumni who are currently in apprenticeships, and additional careers meetings with our careers lead. 

Each year we have numerous students go on to securing high quality and competitive apprenticeship positions.

The following document and links may be useful for students who are considering the apprenticeship route:

All about school leavers – higher apprenticeships
Top100 employers for school leavers
Apprenticeships – government website
Not going to Uni
Apprenticeship Guide
Career Map
Amazing Apprenticeships


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