Careers and Universities

The guidance we provide about options, careers and courses plays an invaluable part in the development and fulfilment of our pupils' academic potential and ambitions.

The Careers and Universities department provides our students with the advice they require to make informed A level and Pre-U choices and also guides them through their university application.

In their final GCSE year, students take a careers test to establish their areas of strength and possible future careers. Each student is assigned an adviser who will encourage them to research these careers and also discuss their choice of subjects for Years 12 and 13 (Eighth Form). In this way, we ensure that pupils may make a set of coherent choices, consistent with their career aspirations.

In Year 12 (Lower Eighth), students are encouraged to start thinking about their university application. The department runs a five lesson course, explaining the process of the application. There’s then time and opportunity for individual research into universities and the courses on offer. There are twelve UK university advisers who, in addition to their teaching responsibilities, specialise in providing assistance and guidance to pupils in their specialist subject areas. In their final year, students will be assigned to one of these advisers who will be responsible for writing their UCAS reference.

In a typical year group of approximately 200, between a quarter and a third accept offers from Oxford and Cambridge. In 2020, 126 pupils gained places at other Russell Group universities including UCL and Imperial College which are within the top 10 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

We have our own dedicated team of nine US counsellors and support staff for US University applications. Each year, around 30 pupils accept offers from Ivy League and comparable universities, including Chicago, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and Yale. In 2020, 23 pupils are heading to top North American universities including MIT, Stanford and University of Chicago, which are also within the top 10 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings, and three to other international institutions.

US University Applications

St Paul’s School has strong support for US university applicants including a team of nine counsellors and support staff.

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We are committed to providing an impartial, extensive and outstanding careers education to all pupils, allowing them to make informed decisions about their future.

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University Destinations

Many of our pupils choose to study at Oxbridge, Russell Group Universities and Ivy League Universities or equivalent in the USA.

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A Level and Pre-U Results

In 2019, at A level and Pre-U, 50.4% of grades awarded were A* (or equivalent) and 80.0% were A* or A (or equivalent).

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