Life after The Milton Keynes Academy Sixth Form

The main options at 18 are as follows:

  • University
  • Apprenticeships
  • Employment
  • Gap years

Thinking of going to university?

In many areas of life, a degree is still essential and if you want to secure a good financial future for yourself and your family, university is a good place to start.  Did you know that over an average 40 year working lifetime a graduate will earn £415,320 more than someone without a degree? (Labour Force Survey Figures).  If you have encountered an academic subject you love and want the opportunity to explore it more fully and meet others who share your interests, university is the place for you.

The decision to go to university must be taken alongside the choice of a specific subject.  There are several options here: choosing something you like, choosing something you are good at, choosing a qualification, or all three!  Whatever you decide to do at university, you will be able to pursue it for three years or more with expert guidance and tuition and in a place with excellent resources.

Students at The Milton Keynes Academy apply to university via Apply on the UCAS website found here.

All year 12 students start their applications during Careers and Higher Education Week in July, when they will have the opportunity to meet university staff and students, attend employer talks and take part in employability skills workshops.

Important advice:

  • Start your research as soon as possible to allow yourself enough time to investigate the various courses and different universities.
  • Visit as many University Open Days as you can as you will never get ‘the feel’ of the place through reading a glossy prospectus. Click here to find out when open days are taking place. Many universities are offering virtual open days this year
  • Use the Student Room website found here to speak to as many current students as you can. They will be able to give you important insider knowledge.

Gap Years

Some students choose to take a gap year before starting university, either to travel, volunteer, gain some valuable work experience or just earn some money.  If you are not quite ready to embark on further study but you do want to go to university, then a gap year could be for you.Further information on taking a gap year can be found on the Prospects website. This includes advice found here and opportunities found here. Make an appointment with Mrs O’Neill, Careers and Enterprise Manager, to discuss your plans


Some students will want to secure full time employment once they leave school.  The Careers Team can help you with your CV, job search and interview techniques. In addition, companies contact the Academy to offer career opportunities for our sixth form leavers.


Apprenticeships are being offered by an increasing number of firms to students who are bright and motivated but do not want to go to university.  They provide training in a specific career sector, allowing students to gain experience and professional qualifications in their chosen career whilst earning a salary.  They usually last 3-4 years, and in most cases, you will be ahead, in career terms, of your peers who decided to go down the university route.

The following websites provides links to the current schemes available:

The Careers Team will work with you to identify the right scheme for you and support you throughout your application.

Important Links

UCAS Parents Guide

Hints & Tips

UCAS Admissions Guide Guide

Calculate your UCAS Tariff

UCAS Apply and Track

Important Deadlines

UCAS 2019 Entry

Applications begin from 4th September 2019

15th October 2019

Deadline for applications for Oxford, Cambridge or most courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time). The reference must be completed before your application can be sent to us.

15th January 2020

Applications for the majority of courses should arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time) today (check course details for the correct deadline). The reference must be completed before your application can be sent to us.

25th February 2020

Extra opens – if you’ve used all five choices and you’re not holding any offers, you might be able to add another choice.

4th May 2020

If you receive all your uni/college decisions by 31 March 2020, you must reply to any offers by today (except if you have a postal address outside the EU or are using Extra to find a place) or they’ll be declined.

7th June 2020

If you receive all your decisions by 3rd May 2020, you must reply by today 7th June 2020. If you receive all your decisions by 7th June 2020, you must reply by 21st June 2020.

If you receive all your decisions by 12th July 2020, you must reply by 19th July 2020.

16th August 2020 – TBC

A-level and Level 3 BTEC results day.

31st August 2020

The deadline for any remaining conditions to be met – otherwise the university or college might not accept you and adjustment ends.

20th September 2020

Last receipt of applications through Apply.

Final deadline for 2020 entry applications.

The last date you can submit applications to 2020 entry courses. Applications must arrive at UCAS by 18:00 (UK time)

Useful Websites

Help Finding University’s or Apprenticeship’s:

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Compare Universities and Colleges:

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