Life after Studio 6

The main options at 18 are as follows:

  • University
  • Apprenticeships
  • Employment
  • Gap years

Thinking of going to university?

In many areas of life, a 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 Milton Keynes Academy apply to university via Apply on the UCAS website found here.

All year 12 students start their applications during 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.

Important advice:

  • Start your research as soon as possible to allow yourself enough time to look into the various courses and different universities.
  • Visit as many University Open Days as you can as you will never get ‘the feel’ of the place through reading a glossy prospectus. Click here to find out when open days are taking place.
  • Use the Student Room website found here to speak to as many current students as you can. They will be able to give you important insider knowledge.

Gap Years

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 taking a gap year can be found on the Prospects website. This includes advice found here and opportunities found here. Make sure to call in to Careers to discuss your plans.


Some students will want to secure full time employment once they leave school.  The Careers Team can help you with your CV, job search and interview techniques. In addition, a number of companies contact the Academy to offer career opportunities for our sixth form leavers.


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 chosen career whilst earning a salary.  They usually 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.

The following websites provides links to the current schemes available:

The Careers Team will work with you to identify the right scheme for you and support you throughout your application.

Important Links

UCAS Parents Guide 2018

Hints & Tips

Little Guide

New Tariff Fast Facts

Applying to University

Important Deadlines

UCAS 2018 Entry

Applications begin from 4th September 2017

15th October 2017

Deadline for 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 must be completed before your application can be sent to us.

15th January 2018

Applications for the majority of courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) today (check course details for the correct deadline). The reference must be completed before your application can be sent to us.

25th February 2018

Extra opens – if you've used all five choices and you're not holding any offers, you might be able to add another choice.

4th May 2018

If you receive all your uni/college decisions by 31 March 2018, you must reply to any offers by today (except if you have a postal address outside the EU or are using Extra to find a place) or they'll be declined.

7th June 2018

If you receive all your decisions by 3rd May 2018, you must reply by today 7th June 2018

If you receive all your decisions by 7th June 2018, you must reply by 21st June 2018.

If you receive all your decisions by 12th July 2018, you must reply by 19th July 2018.

16th August 2018

A-level, GCE, and Advanced Diploma results day.

31st August 2018

The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college might not accept you and adjustment ends.

20th September 2018

Last receipt of applications through Apply.

Final deadline for 2018 entry applications.

The last date you can submit applications to 2018 entry courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time)

Useful Websites

Help Finding University's or Apprenticeship's:

All Year 11, 12 and 13 have access. Ask staff for your unique username and password.

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