Careers Information


Careers ​information

The Careers team are highly experienced and dedicated careers staff who are available to provide specialist careers advice and consultation to our students. For most students, the process of researching opportunities and making choices takes place during Year 12, in readiness for applications to higher education early in Year 13. The Careers team arrange a large number of careers events, and students have the opportunity to hear talks from a variety of employers as well as universities and other institutions offering courses in higher education.

Contact the team
Careers Lead: Bekki Clark

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On leaving the College, our students enter a wide range of careers, including accountancy, banking, engineering, the retail trade, laboratory work, health and social services, and computer work. If you wish to continue formal education after A level courses, there is a wide variety of courses and institutions from which to choose.

Each year over 90% of our students enter degree courses, with over 30% taking the opportunity for a gap year between Hills Road and higher education to broaden their experience. Information evenings for parents concerning UCAS applications, gap year activities and higher education finance as well as a mock interview programme for students are arranged.
  • Encourage you to assess your own skills and personal qualities.
  • Provide information and help in completing university applications via UCAS and to other specialist colleges e.g. art, music and drama, as well as to foreign universities.
  • Provide easy access to information via an extensive careers library.
  • Organise a structured programme of careers education.
  • Offer guidance through personal interviews and group work.
  • Arrange a wide programme of meetings and work experience
  • Arrange a progression week where students can attend talks and workshops on a range of career areas.
  • Arrange an employer fair attended by local employers offering jobs, apprenticeships and graduate schemes.
Around a third of Hills Road students take a gap year between finishing A levels and starting university or an apprenticeship. We encourage students to plan their gap year carefully. The following resources may be of use:
Students who are making a UCAS application during their gap year will continue to get support from the college. They will be invited into college in July for a ‘Gap Registration Day’ for advice and support to start their application. They will then be invited for a ‘Gap Personal Statement Day’ at the end of August where they will be able to meet their tutor to discuss their personal statement.

To start your UCAS application, please follow the instructions in the UCAS 2020i instruction booklet and UCAS 2020 registration instructions for Gap year students. Please note that the deadline for UCAS mainstream applications is 28th October 2019.

There will be a Gap year advice surgery on Wednesday 9th October 1.00pm - 6.00pm in the Careers Department for advice on UCAS applications for gap year applicants.

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UKCAT and LNAT are booked externally via Pearson Testing. It is your responsibility to ensure you are entered for an admissions test. Please check individual university websites for entry requirements.

Extra tests and auditions are highlighted on the UCAS form when you enter a course that requires these.

Please refer to the instructions in the College UCAS 2020 Instruction Booklet and UCAS 2020 Registration Instructions for dates and deadlines for the submission of applications.

Our aim is to ensure that Hills Road students are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their lives so that they have the best possible choice of Higher Education and career routes, and can be successful in whatever they decide to do. The following snapshot from the Higher Education Outcomes Report indicates how well Hills Road students perform in Higher Education.

The table below shows the Higher Education degree classifications achieved in 2018 for students from different types of sixth form institution. Cumulative percentages across all Higher Education institutions are shown, with those for Russell Group institutions only in brackets.
  First class
Upper second
class honours
or better 
Lower second
class honours
or better 
Third class
or better 
 Hills Road Sixth
Form College
46% (46%)   94% (94%)  99% (99%)  99.1%
 All sixth form
 29% (33%)  80% (89%) 99% (98%)
 All state schools
& colleges
 28% (33%)  78% (88%)   95% (98%)  97.7%
 29% (31%)  87% (91%)  98% (98%)  98.7%
Hills Road leavers 2017 (all courses)
3% - employment including apprenticeships 
3% - other destinations (including Higher Education preparation e.g. Art Foundation)
94% - of Hills Road leavers in 2017 are expected to have begun a course in Higher Education by October 2018

Proportion of students entering Higher Education course who take a gap year
65% - degree courses starting 2017
35% - gap year before degree course in 2018
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