University Destinations

The vast majority of Sixth Formers at Ardingly progress from the College to university, be that in the UK or overseas.

100% of our students wishing to go to university got into their first or second choice university and 81% of the total leavers cohort gained places at competitive Russell group universities.
UCL, Exeter, Warwick, Nottingham, Manchester and Birmingham were among the most popular destinations. Oxbridge also was as usual popular for our top students.

IB
Firm Choice 92%
Firm or Insurance 100%
Overseas 31%
Russell Group 96%
Gap Year 10%

A level
Firm 88%
Firm/ Insurance 100%
Overseas 2%
Russell Group 68%
Gap Year 3%

Combined
Firm 91%
Firm/ Insurance 100%
Overseas 11%
Russell Group 81%
Gap Year 5%


Sixth Formers are supported through specialist advice from the Head of Sixth Form and a team of dedicated UCAS tutors who provide personalised guidance to help students select and apply to university. For those looking to apply to college in North America, there is a specialist advisor who acts as their counsellor during the complex process.

Entry to the US system in the main also requires candidates to submit test scores, and students are able to select to take part in an evening ACT preparation course.

During the course of the year there are a number of higher education-focused events, talks and fairs to support students in their application. These events see representatives from a wide range of British and overseas universities visit the campus, enabling students to discover more about the options available to them first hand from members of the admissions team.  For those interested in Oxbridge and Medical applications, there are also a range of dedicated options within the Enrichment Programme to prepare them for this process.