Progression from Sixth Form

Whilst most students progress to University straight after their A Levels we offer support and opportunities for those who wish to pursue alternatives including apprenticeships, employment or gap years. A wide range of specialist speakers come into school to deliver sessions which advise students on the different opportunities available to them and how to apply for them.

UCAS University Applications

University Applications are co-ordinated through UCAS. We start the process of preparing for university applications early with students hearing from University speakers throughout their time in the Sixth Form. We encourage students to research their options, attend open days and gain relevant work experience. We support students through the application process including 1-1 sessions when sending off their UCAS application.

When students apply for courses they need to write a personal statement explaining why they are choosing the course and what they have to offer in addition to their academic potential. The school submits a reference outlining academic and other achievements. On the basis of this, students may receive offers of courses specifying the A Level grades which will be needed or they may be given an overall points score.

For University applications, the UCAS Tariffs for an A level are given in the table below:


In addition the EPQ contributes points equivalent to half of an A Level.

Students may apply for up to 5 University course choices. At William Farr School over the last 3 years almost all students have received at least one university offer with the vast majority of students going on to a place at their firm choice university.

Students from the Sixth Form apply to a range of different universities and different courses. Consistently popular fields of study include Medicine, Biological Science, Engineering, Social Sciences, History, Physical Sciences and Creative Arts and Design.

All of the information students need to apply for university can be found on the UCAS website.

In addition to the UCAS website, there are a number of books available from the Higher Education section of Resources, as well as information from universities displayed in the Sixth Form Study Room.

UCAS have provided a powerpoint of information for parents.

Reading List Foundation

Over the last two years we have been able to award a £250 Reading List Foundation Scholarship to one of our fantastic Y13 students who had just started at university. The Scholarships were funded by a charity called the Reading List Foundation. This organisation encourages their donors to make their Scholarships personal, by directing them to a school they went to, or one in their local community.

The Scholarship is given in the form of a Blackwell's Bookshop smart card that can be used at their bookshops or online and covers the typical amount that a student would spend on textbooks in their first year. Having seen the impact it has had on our students, we’d like to do what we can to raise awareness of a great cause among our wider community. Please see the Reading List Foundation Newsletter below for further details.

Medicspot Innovation Grant

The Medicspot Innovation Grant awards £500 to UK students going on to study a degree related to health, medicine, nursing or life sciences. Applications must be submitted online by 31 January each year. More information:


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