Any questions about careers, university or generally about your future please call in to see a member of The Careers Department.
The main options at 18 are as follows:
Thinking of going to university?
In many areas of life, a university degree is still essential and if you want to secure a good financial future for yourself and your family, university is a good place to start. Did you know that over an average 40 year working lifetime a graduate will earn £415,320 more than someone without a degree? (Labour Force Survey Figures) And, if you have encountered an academic subject you love and want the opportunity to explore it more fully and meet others who share your interests, university is the place for you.
The decision to go to university has to be taken alongside the choice of a specific subject. There are several options here: choosing something you like, choosing something you are good at, choosing a qualification, or all three! Whatever you decide to do at university, you’ll be able to pursue it for three years or more with expert guidance and tuition and in a place with excellent resources.
Students at Madeley Academy Sixth Form apply to university via the APPLY System linked to the UCAS website.
All 6.1 students start their applications during in Careers Week in July, when they have the opportunity to meet university staff and students, attend employer talks and take part in employability skills workshops.
About 20% of our students choose to secure full time employment once they leave school. The Careers Department can help you with your CV, job search and interview techniques. In addition, a number of companies contact the School to offer career opportunities for our Sixth Forms leavers. See The Careers Department for more information.
School leaver schemes and apprenticeships
School leaver programme and apprenticeships are being offered by an increasing number of firms to students who are bright and motivated but do not want to go to university. The provide training in a specific career sector, allowing students to gain experience and professional qualifications in their chose career whilst earning a salary. They typically last 3-4 years and in most cases you will be ahead, in career terms, of your peers who decided to go down the university route.
Have a look at our Employment and Apprenticeship webpages for more detailed information on opportunities. The Careers Department will work with you to identify the right scheme for you and support you throughout your application.
Some students choose to take a gap year before starting university, either to travel, volunteer, gain some valuable work experience or just earn some money. If you’re not quite ready to embark on further study but you do want to go to university, then a gap year could be for you.
Further information on gap year opportunities is available here, check out the advice on the Prospects website, and call in to Careers to discuss your plans.
Some students today go to study abroad rather than staying in England. For more information on this visit the Study Overseas website or the International Education for studying abroad website.
Some other useful links:
Studying in Europe:
BUTEX promotes mobility between universities and colleges in the UK and North America:
If you are thinking of studying in the US:
For all other countries:
Bursaries and scholarships:
The Mercers’ Company Educational Trust Fund enables needy students to apply for grants for University study. Applications are made through the School and numerous students have received financial help since the School opened in 1991.
UCAS Guide to Higher Education
5 September 2018
Applicants can pay and send their applications to UCAS, and unis and colleges can start making decisions on applications.
15 October 2018
Applications for Oxford, Cambridge or most courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time). The reference needs to be completed before the application can be sent to us.
15 January 2019
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) on this day (check course details in our search tool for the correct deadline). The reference needs to be completed before the application can be sent to us.
25 February 2019
Extra starts for eligible applicants.
30 June 2019
If an application is sent to us by 18:00 (UK time) on this day, we’ll send it to the chosen universities or colleges. Applications received after this date will automatically be entered into Clearing.
4 July 2019
Last date for applicants to add an Extra choice.
31 August 2019
The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college might not accept the applicant. Adjustment ends on this date.
20 September 2019
The final deadline for applications to 2019 courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time).
22 October 2019
The deadline for adding Clearing choices, and for universities or colleges to accept applicants in Clearing.