Post-18 – University

City College is looking to support students’ progress to university or the world of work. We have a dedicated careers team, who will work with our students on an individual basis to help them to write personal statements, support them through the UCAS application process or assist them in gaining employment.

We have also put together a guide for the parents of Y12 students, explaining the process of researching universities and applying through UCAS. This can be downloaded by clicking on the thumbnail below.


  • Discover Uni
  • The Complete University Guide
  • The Guardian University Guide
  • The Uni Guide
  • SACU – Take the Spartan Test to research higher education and career suggestions
  • Push – Independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance and all things student related
  • What Uni? – Search for UK university courses and university and college course reviews
  • Uni Compare – Information on applying to university in the UK
  • Prospects – Useful graduate careers website which includes information on career options linked to university degree choice and links on to what graduates do


  • Student Calculator – Work out how much money you will have and how much you will need at university


Information about every open day taking place in the UK, all on one site: Open Days

At City College, we continually encourage our students to continue on to university, and we have strong links with some of the best universities in the country. The Russell Group is a collection of the twenty-four highest ranking universities in the UK, which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience, and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. We feel that such places should always be within the reach of our students, whatever their background. We currently operate visits to some of these to give students a feel of what it would be like to study at these world-class universities, and receive speakers into City College to bring the opportunities to our students’ doorsteps.



We don’t want our young people to set a limit on their aspirations and aim to open their eyes to the world around them and the opportunities that it has to offer. We want our students to continually strive for excellence and to get the best out of their education, and so will inspire and assist them in joining some of the world’s best students and the world’s best scholars, not just in the UK but anywhere in the world. As such, City College is able to offer students through the Sutton Trust charity the opportunity to fly to the US and visit some of the world-famous Ivy League universities, and they will see that these institutions are as much an option to them as anywhere closer to home. Let City College be a springboard to the sky, where anything is possible.

The Sutton Trust US programme:


City College has strong links with local universities Staffordshire University and Keele University, and also works closely with Derby, Wolverhampton, Chester and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. Some of these are part of the Higher Horizons Network, through which City College inspires many students.

Higher Horizons Network – Local universities:


  • Open University – Explore alternative study options including degrees through distance learning
  • OpenLearn – A massive range of online courses, which can be used to prepare for university learning and used as evidence on a personal statement
  • FutureLearn – Expert teaching delivered by world-class universities and organisations

City College is looking to support students’ progress to university."