Sixth Form: Progression

HGHS ‘Futures’ Programme

The aim of the Sixth Form is to help students prepare for the next step in their lives. Up to Sixth Form students have all followed very similar routes through education, however, post A Level there are a myriad of choices and potential options. The most common post 16 route is for students to pursue courses at university (including applications to Art, Drama and Music schools) however, we are seeing an increase in the number of students applying for higher apprenticeships and school leaver programmes. Hazel Grove Sixth Form provides a Comprehensive ‘Futures’ programme that enables students to be successful  in gaining offers to the universities of their choosing, whether it be gaining a place at Oxford or Cambridge, Medicine at Birmingham, or Business Studies at Manchester Metropolitan.  Many students also apply for Higher Apprenticeship courses in tandem with their UCAS application, and receive tailored support to help them through this process.


Year 12

Autumn Term:

  • Attend career fair to find out about potential career options (Old Trafford)
  • Gain an insight from A Level study into what might be a future career/degree option


Spring Term:

  • Futures programme begins :
  • Research work experience
  • Research potential course option
  • Apprenticeship presentation
  • Visit to Manchester UCAS convention:
  • Managing money at university talk
  • Manchester university trip / tour


Summer Term:

  • ‘Futures week’:
  • UCAS preparation day at Salford (workshops in how to choose/apply/write personal statements)
  • Further personal statement guidance
  • Support for competitive admissions (Oxford, Cambridge, Medicine, Law, Veterinary, Dentistry) through workshops and 1 to 1 guidance (Mrs Roberts)
  • Support from personal tutor
  • 1 to 1 guidance drop in



Year 13

Autumn Term:

  • Careers trip (Old Trafford)
  • Support from personal tutor
  • Apply to UCAS
  • Preparation for interviews
  • Receive offers
  • Preparation for admissions tests


Spring term:

  • Finalise university offer choices


Summer term:

  • Preparing for results day: How to navigate the potential scenarios

The Russell Group

The Russell Group represents 24 leading universities. The link will take you to the Russell Group website where you will find lots of valuable information. You can also access the individual websites of the 24 universities from this site.


UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK. Through the Student section of their site, you can investigate universities and colleges and the courses they offer. You will find the Entry Profiles (EP) particularly useful. They provide details about courses, the university or college offering each course, entry qualifications, selection criteria and the admissions policy.


The Complete University Guide

The Complete University Guide is precisely that – a complete guide to universities! The site hosts the independent UK University League Tables & Rankings which give you a good guide to which university is best for you, overall and by subject.


Apprenticeships offer an alternative if you don’t want to go to university.  Find out more by visiting the links below.