Higher Education & Apprenticeships - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Higher Education & Apprenticeships

Higher Education

A large proportion of students from St Wilfrid’s will go on to study a higher education course after sixth form or college and there is lots of support from the Careers and Sixth Form team for those students wishing to apply.

There are over 50,000 undergraduate courses at over 395 providers across the UK, and in West Yorkshire we are lucky to have 12 higher education providers of varying sizes, including the University of Leeds, University of Huddersfield and Leeds Trinity University. Wakefield College now offers Higher Education courses in a limited number of subjects.

Many of our students will go further afield, across Europe or to study in the USA.

St Wilfrid’s is part of the National Collaborative Outreach Project through Go Higher West Yorkshire. This means there is a dedicated member of staff in the school who will work with students who may experience barriers to continuing their education or who simply need more information about the choices on offer to them. The HE Progression Officer at St Wilfrid’s will organise trips outside school, visiting speakers and workshops for students which will help students to make informed choices about their future.

For more information about NCOP and Go Higher West Yorkshire, please visit their website

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Researching courses

Research is incredibly important when making decisions about which higher education courses to apply for. Each university is different and may teach their courses very differently to another institution, therefore students must look in detail at course content, modules, teaching methods and extras such as a year abroad or year in industry. Students can also research employment prospects and student satisfaction from each course.

Student Finance

A big aspect to consider when applying to university is the cost. Student loans are available to all UK residents (students must have resided in the UK for the 3 years leading up to their application). All students can receive a full loan to cover their tuition fees which are currently set at a maximum of £9,250 per year. Maintenance loans, which are used to cover living costs, are means tested and will depend on household income. The maximum maintenance loan available (to those with a household income of under £25k) is £8,430 (for students living away from home but outside of London).

This guide written by Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis is useful in understanding the Student Loans system.

To calculate how much student loan a student would be entitled to, please use this Student Finance Calculator

For anyone starting a university course in September 2018 onwards, repayments will not be made until they are earning at least £25,000 per year before tax. After this, 9% of anything earned over £25k will be taken from the graduate’s monthly earnings to pay towards their loan. For example, a person earning £27,000 annually would pay back £27 per month approximately.

For information about budgeting, what to take to university, offers for students and accommodation go to https://www.savethestudent.org/


An apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn whilst you learn.  You will gain some nationally recognised qualifications

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job specific skills
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Study towards a related qualification
  • Apprenticeships take between 1 – 4 years to complete

Levels of Apprenticeship

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

You can apply for an apprenticeship if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • Eligible to work in England
  • Not in full time education

Degree Apprenticeships

These are relatively new and fast growing, combining full time work with part time University Study. For more information, please click here.

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