The St. Edmund’s Sixth Form is a wholly immersive experience designed holistically to ensure that each individual student reaches their chosen post-18 destination.

Progression: Aspire and inspire

The sixth form progression programme is a weekly programme commencing at the start of the Lower Sixth year designed flexibly to inform students about the following post-18 options:

  • The UCAS university process
  • Apprenticeships
  • Gap Years
  • Employment

The UCAS process, led by Mr. Symaka, our Head of Sixth Form, is efficient and based on the central tenets of aspiration and inspiration.

We believe in an efficient process that starts early in the Lower Sixth, allowing our students to fully research and consider the potential pathways available to them. Our students are guided to be aspirational, but importantly realistic, when thinking about their post-18 options.

They are also inspired, through our ever-growing super-curricular programme, to consider career paths and university courses that they may have never considered before.

The UCAS process at St. Edmund’s is also centred around the individual, ensuring that we gain a full picture of each pupil’s needs and skills, so that tailored one-to-one support can be provided for all university applications.

One-to-one support is the defining feature of our university programme. The time devoted to each individual student by the Head of Sixth Form is unlimited in nature and available for all aspects of the application process:

  • Completing the online application form.
  • Detailed discussions about course choices and universities, based on achieved and anticipated academic progress.
  • Bespoke personal statement meetings and feedback.
  • Support for Conservatoire applications, in conjunction with the Director of Drama and Director of Music.
  • Personalised and individual support on A-level results day for students requiring UCAS Clearing.

We also continue to support alumni students with their post-A-level options after they have completed their Upper Sixth year. This is beneficial particularly for students on gap years, as they are able to access the same level of support as they would have done whilst in the Upper Sixth.


The Oxbridge and Elite University Stream

This small support group is identified primarily through GCSE grades and anticipated A-level academic performance. It meets regularly and is designed to equip students with a super curricular outlook required for competitive courses, such as Law and Medicine, and the most competitive Russell Group institutions.

However, this programme is open to any student determined to realise their ambition to apply to a competitive elite university course.


Progression Timetable:

Our progression timetable is centred around the UCAS process, outlined below for 2024 entry:

Lower Sixth Form:

January – Potential Oxbridge applicants are identified and invited to join the Oxbridge & Elite University Stream.

January – EPQ Programme commences.

February – The UCAS programme is formally launched.

March – Oxford and Cambridge Student Conference

All students receive their initial UCAS prediction grade. This is reviewed at regular interviews and based on current and projected academic performance.

May  All students begin to complete their online UCAS application form

Oxbridge and Elite University stream students are matched with personal subject mentors

June – All students attend the UCAS Discovery Exhibition

Mock exams (UCAS predicted grade review period)

June/July – Personal Statement workshops commence for all students.


Upper Sixth Form:

September: Final Progress Testing (final UCAS predicted grade review).

All students hand in an initial personal statement that has been drafted over the summer. Upper Sixth One-to-one meetings commence with Head of Sixth Form.

September (Oxbridge and Medicine applicants): Final personal statement is submitted for review.

Mock admissions tests.

Registration for pre-interview admissions tests

October: UCAS application deadline (16 October 2024)

Supplementary Application Questionnaire deadline (Cambridge only)

November: Mock interviews

December: UCAS internal deadline for all students (15 December 2023)


During the 2022-2023 cycle, our students applied to 20 of the 24 Russell Group institutions.

We are delighted that conditional offers have been received from many of these Russell Group institutions, including:

  • University of Birmingham
  • Cardiff University
  • Durham University
  • University of Exeter
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London, University of London
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Manchester
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Warwick
  • University of York
Subject University
Business Management University of Surrey
Popular Music Performance – Drums


Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
Economics University of Bath
History Cardiff University
Consumer Behaviour and Marketing with Placement Year University of Reading
Business and Management Oxford Brookes University
Economics Royal Holloway, University of London
Geology Birkbeck, University of London
Computer Science with Industrial Placement University of Exeter
Philosophy University of Manchester
Operational Yacht Science Cornwall College (University of Plymouth)
Criminology University of Sussex
Ethical Hacking Abertay University
International Development King’s College London, University of London
Management with International Business Royal Holloway, University of London
Politics and International Relations University of Bath
Neuroscience University of Sussex
Electronic Engineering Royal Holloway, University of London
Foundation in Humanities Oxford Brookes University
Business University of Exeter
History and International Relations (with placement year) Loughborough


Economics with a Year in Industry Queen Mary University of London
Politics and International Studies University of Warwick
Drama University of Exeter
International Development with Economics University of East Anglia UEA
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies


University of Essex
Animal Biology and Conservation Oxford Brookes University
Materials Science with an Integrated Foundation Year University of Manchester
Songwriting ACM (The Academy of Contemporary Music)
Animation University of Portsmouth
Music Production University of the Arts London
Sport and Exercise Science Oxford Brookes University
Business Management with Marketing University of Brighton