As a pre-university school, the Sixth Form is a focussed environment providing students with a range of information and experiences which will help them to choose their higher education route and ultimately succeed in their chosen field.

Pupils leave us each year prepared for the very best UK and international universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and the Russell Group. Most pupils achieve their first-choice university and typically over 70% of pupils will join Russell Group (RG) or Times Top 20 universities each year.

Pupils are regularly successful in gaining first choice places on some excellent degree courses, with a good number leaving for Oxbridge and the Russell Group universities. We run a wide range of career experience courses and in-house careers seminars to introduce students to the opportunities open to them, and these are underpinned by the work of the Denstone Association which arranges individual and group contacts with Old Denstonians in a range of professions including medicine, law and engineering. It also facilitates work experience.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of Denstone College students opting for degree apprenticeships. This surge can be attributed to the growing recognition and opportunities offered by leading companies. Recently we had students achieve highly competitive opportunities with organisations such as J. P. Morgan, AstraZeneca, and JCB. These businesses are investing in the future by providing practical, hands-on experience that complements academic learning, thereby equipping students with the necessary skills to excel in their respective fields.

Throughout a pupil’s time here, the College provides a comprehensive instructional careers programme. Each member of the Third and Fifth Forms is given specialist one-to-one advice on subject choices and career possibilities. Academic tutors and Heads of House are also an integral part this process, regularly discussing options with students and offering advice and information on areas such as subject choices, careers and UCAS applications within the College’s weekly tutorial programme.

In terms of higher education applications, UK and overseas universities visit regularly to talk to both students and parents and visits to institutions are encouraged. Every student receives specially tailored advice to ensure that their application is targeted and competitive.

Parents tell us that the comprehensive results day service which we offer to everyone is highly valuable. This service has evolved through many years of experience, and ensures that students receive the very best advice and support.

University Destinations 2022



Course Title

Anglian Ruskin University


University of Bath



Politics and International Relations

Civil Engineering

Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham

Aerospace Engineering

Palaeontology and Geology

Business Management

Liberal Arts and Sciences
Birmingham City UniversityBusiness Management
University of Bristol

Accounting and Finance

Property Development and Planning

Cardiff University

Business Management

Biological Sciences (Zoology)


University of ChesterPrimary Education
DeMontford University


Durham University

General Engineering

University of Exeter 
Harper Adams University


Hartpury University

Sports Business Management

HKUST Business School Central


University of Hull

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Keele University

Psychology and Education

Lancaster University

Business Economics

University of Leeds Philosophy, Politics, Economics
University of Lincoln

Events Management 

University of Liverpool




Liverpool John Moores University

Quantity Surveying

Criminal Justice

Loughborough University 


Aeronautical Engineering

The University of Manchester

Italian and Spanish

Public Health

Accounting and Finance

Manchester Metropolitan University

Business Technology


MountviewMusical Theatre
Newcastle University 
Northumbria University 

Geography and Environmental Studies

University of Nottingham

Mechanical Engineering

Geography with Business

Veterinary Medicine

Nottingham Trent University


Building Surveying

Oxford Brookes University

International Business Management
Humanities Foundation
Computer Science for Cyber Security
Events Management
Business Management and Geography
Motorsport Technology

Queen's University, Belfast

Computer Science

Royal Agricultural University

Rural Land Management

University of ReadingBusiness and Management
University of Sheffield 

Business Management & Economics

Sheffield Hallam

Professional Policing Foundation
International Hospitality Business

St George's London

Paramedic Science

University of Warwick


Theatre and Performance

University of WestminsterBuilding Surveying
University of York

Computer Science

Business Management