Careers and Progression



We actively work to support all students in making an informed decision about their chosen progression route. There is a structured programme of careers provision throughout your time at Sixth Form including many exciting opportunities such as meaningful encounters with universities and employers, mock interviews and one-to-one guidance discussions. Our careers activity adheres to the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance and we are currently working towards the national Quality in Careers standard.






University Progression

A-levels are regarded as the gold standard qualification for entry to University and many of our students ultimately progress to Higher Education. We have good links with universities both locally and nationally who run subject specific talks and visits, as well as attending our annual Higher Education Fair and we also strongly encourage students to visit university open and taster days, to confirm their choices.

In their first year, eligible students can apply for higher education access schemes such as:

  • Realising Opportunities
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Bitesize Uni
  • Sutton Trust
  • NU Entry
  • Nuffield Work Placements

We also encourage all first year students to sign up for work experience opportunities, gain voluntary work, engage with college-led activities and further explore their areas of interest. We have a strong network in place to find placements and growing links with a range of local businesses/employers. All of the careers-related activity across your time at NSFC is designed to help you make an informed decision about your next steps.

In second year, Academic Tutors and the Careers Leader will work with you through the UCAS application process, including selecting your choices and writing your personal statement.



Alternative Progression Routes

For students who are keen to gain experience and earn while they learn, there is a wind range of support available to help you seek out, and apply for Higher & Degree Apprenticeships. You may wish to plan an exciting Gap Year, or progress on to a recognised work programme such as the Year in Industry.


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