RAS Post 16 students

Year 12 Checklist

  1. Work experience- build skills- put in your personal statement- talk about in a job interview- career insights
  2. Explore next steps including attending university open events.
  3. Practise drafting your personal statement.



Your Options At Post 18


If you're looking at a professional career or to keep your options open then have a look at the degrees on offer in the UK. ou can study more than one subjects within your degree if you have other interests.

If you don't want to study a full degree, you can opt for a one or two year  course at uni.

HNC- Higher National Certifcate- 1 year

HND- Higher National Diploma- 1 or 2 years

Foundation degree- 2 years

The Higher National Certificate (HNC), a one-year work-related course, is equivalent to the first year of a university degree programme. The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a two-year, work-related course, which is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelors degree. As with a foundation degree, it is possible to progress from these courses to complete a full bachelors degree at a university, either through a specific top-up course, or by directly entering a degree in year three.

If you wanted to study a degree in stages, or exit after one or two years of study, the following qualifications may also be suitable. They don’t directly lead to a degree, but you may be able go on and join the second or third year of a full degree (perhaps at the same university/college, or elsewhere) if you change your mind and want to graduate with a bachelors degree after all.

You can also study HNC/D part-time alongside a job. Your employer may want you to increase your knowledge or skills relating to your role and offer to pay for your course in which you attend one day a week.

Sandwich degree

 If you would an intergrated work experience placement within a degree, consider a 4 year sandwich course with 1 or 2 work experience placements and internationally if you wish. 


Unsure about your next steps? Trying to decide on further study or employment? Well why not do both......gain your degree in the workplace for free and get paid!

For more information on aprenticeships click here Info On Apprenticeships and Where To Find Them - Ralph Allen School


Want help exploring and choosing a subject to study at university?

What University Course Should You Study? (ucas.com)

Subjects | UCAS

Need guidance on how to apply and personal statements, gap years or clearing?

For more information, click here Undergraduate | UCAS


Work Experience and Career Insight Opportunties




University Residential and tasters days

Residential Insight into University 2023 applications is 3rd of January 2023. Spaces on each course are limited,  don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience STEM studies at university for Y12  flyer 

 For more information click here and don’t miss out – places on each course are limited!


Industrial Cadets accredited summer school can help you decide which STEM degree course might be right for you and also enhance your UCAS application. Courses run over 4 or 5 days where Yr12 students get a taster of university life and an insight into a specific STEM subject. In summer 2023 these will include:


Ø  Materials Science at University of Oxford

Ø  Maths at Lancaster University 

Ø  Broad-based Engineering at University of Sheffield

Ø  Materials Science at University of Cambridge

Ø  Robotics & Autonomous Systems at University of Liverpool

Ø  Mechanical Engineering at UCL

Ø  Life Sciences at University of Warwick – details coming soon

Ø  Aerospace Engineering at University of Liverpool – details coming soon


It’s just like studying at university! You will get the opportunity to experience university style lectures and work on activities and group projects with the support of academics and student mentors. Throughout the duration of the course, you will stay in halls of residence and will take part in social activities in the evenings.


For dates, cost, requirements, content of each course and the application form, please click here.


Check out our FAQs page if you have any questions or contact our student support team on studentrecruitment@etrust.org.uk


To hear what students had to say about their residential summer course last summer, please click here



The Russell Group Universities


University of Sheffield Taster days

Subject tasters | Undergraduate study | The University of Sheffield

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