Leavers destinations

Leavers’ destinations

One of our central aims in the GSAL Sixth Form is to help each student realise their ambition of securing a place on the best course for them at the right university for them.

Each year the vast majority of students in our Upper Sixth who apply for higher education achieve a place on a degree course. From the start of Lower Sixth we offer ongoing support and advice to students about their options after A-levels; however our students’ success rate in attaining and fulfilling their offers is ultimately thanks to their own hard work and determination.

While we seek to give accurate and realistic advice regarding students’ prospects in light of their predicted grades, we remain fully committed to supporting them through the application process whatever their chosen path and our assessment of the likely outcome. Our higher education experts help students with the crucial steps to securing a place, from choosing the right subjects and the best institutions to how to apply and prepare for interviews and admissions tests.

Our students consistently secure places on the most competitive university courses, at institutions with rigorous entry requirements. The 2018 cohort was no exception; with 57% achieving A-level results of at least ABB (the minimum entry requirement for many top universities) we maintained our excellent record of admission to leading institutions.

Of the 191 students who left our upper sixth in 2018, 85% continued to higher education in the UK or abroad. Twelve students achieved places at Oxford or Cambridge.

Figures provided by UCAS confirm that of GSAL’s leavers in 2018:

  • 60% were accepted by a higher tariff provider, typically Russell Group universities
  • Newcastle, Birmingham and Nottingham were the most popular universities for the second year running, just pipping Durham to fourth spot.
  • 15 secured places on highly selective courses for medicine, dentistry or veterinary science


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