Universities & Careers

As a top academic school, almost all pupils go on to the very best in higher education: Oxford, Cambridge, other leading Russell Group universities, top medical and dental schools, pre-eminent art and drama schools, and Ivy League institutions in the USA.

The Annual Sixth Form Careers Fair

The Annual Sixth Form Careers Fair

A team of specialist advisers ensure that all Sixth Formers receive expert guidance in all matters of the application process from choosing courses and universities to writing the personal statement.

In the Lower Sixth, pupils undergo a full UCAS induction programme and have the opportunity to attend the annual University Fair held on campus. This event is attended by the vast majority of the leading universities and gives both pupils and parents the opportunity to speak directly with admissions tutors.  Specific days at the end of the Lower Sixth are dedicated to UCAS preparation and university visits.

Last year, 95% of our Upper Sixth candidates secured places at their first or second choice university, and 29 won places at Oxford or Cambridge, with a further 19 going to the US with six receiving offers from Ivy League colleges. In 2016, the most popular universities for departing pupils were:

  • Exeter (22)
  • Edinburgh (21)
  • Oxford (19)
  • Bristol (19)
  • Durham (16)
  • UCL (14)
  • Cambridge (10)
  • KCL (10)
  • Imperial (6)
  • Bath (3)

US universities at which Wellingtonians have been offered places in the past two years include: Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Juilliard, McGill, Notre Dame, NYU, Rhode Island School of Design, Tufts, and UCLA amongst many others.

Wellingtonians are also supported in their career aspirations by a Careers and Higher Education Hub located in the heart of the Economics and Politics Department.  The Hub is led by a full-time member of staff who, amongst other things, oversees work placements, careers lectures, university fairs, and gap year opportunities.  Sixth Formers also have the opportunity to take Centigrade, an interest-based questionnaire administered by Cambridge Occupational Analysts which matches pupils’ interests and abilities with Higher Education courses and institutions.  The Careers and Higher Education Hub is also supported by the Wellington Community Office which matches Sixth Formers’ career aspirations with relevant Old Wellingtonians and parents across all sectors who can offer valuable advice, support and work experience.