After Sixth Form


A full programme of careers guidance is provided for you. While most students apply to study Higher Education degree courses, we also offer support and guidance for those seeking alternatives including apprenticeships and full-time paid work after leaving school. You will have the opportunity to join a Google Classroom dedicated to career opportunities that you are encouraged to join and review regularly. We work alongside Services for Young People who provide advice and guidance for students as they consider their post-18 options.

For students considering Higher Education, your university application needs to be completed by November of Year 13 and sent to UCAS. We begin the process with our ‘Post-18 Pathways’ evening for you and your parents held at the start of the summer term in Year 12, during which we present an overview of Higher Education and Apprenticeship opportunities. We also dedicate time during the following weeks to provide further support for you. Preparatory work should be undertaken during the Summer holiday so that you are in a position to make necessary adjustments to and conclude your Post-18 application by our November deadline. Every Sixth Form student receives a Higher Education support booklet and detailed guidance on how to use ‘UCAS apply’ on-line.

You will have the opportunity to visit a maximum of three universities on open days during term time and we require a written request prior to each visit. Some universities and courses will call you for interview on a formal or informal basis. We ask your parents/carers to inform us in advance of this necessary absence.

For students considering an Oxbridge application (which also includes Medicine, Veterinary science or Dentistry at any UK institution), we provide a separate support programme to help you prepare for your application that begins at the start of the summer term in Year 12. We also offer guidance on preparation for university interviews, including mock interviews conducted by external partners.




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Destinations 2023


Students have successfully secured higher level apprenticeships and exciting work opportunities. We are still awaiting details of final placements secured by 2023 leavers. Below you can see the apprenticeships being undertaken by 2022 leavers.

Ross has secured an apprenticeship with M&G, Savings &Investments, London. It is a Level 4 Business Analyst qualification, with the company BPP undertaking the actual apprenticeship side of it. He will undertake an18 month course in which he can be enrolled into M&G as a permanent employee if all goes well regarding his studies and work. His time is split 80% work/20% study, so one day a week is strictly study with no work. Ross undertakes a hybrid working system, so it’s a very flexible system, regarding working from home and in the office. Ross underwent a 6 stage application process to secure his position!

Rosie has secured a 3 year Level 4 Apprenticeship in Management Consulting with IBM, following a 5 hour telephone interview.

Eva is working for Cancer Research UK on an 18 months Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Administration, hoping to convert it to a Level 4 or above in Events Management once she has completed the Level 3. Eva filled in lots of application forms, then had to answer audio-based questions followed by a 45 minute in-person interview in order to secure the role.

Jonah had an offer of Chartered Management apprenticeship with AON, a Higher apprenticeship but they will fund any education he chooses for 12-18 months. He also had a final interview with Amazon for a degree apprenticeship in Client Relationship.

Two students who completed Year 13 at Richard Hale have joined the staff whilst they take a gap year before starting university in 2023. George is supporting students with their studies in the Maths and Economics departments. Cian is working within the Student Support Centre as a Teaching Assistant. He provides support for students in a range of lessons and before school, at break and lunch.

Caelum is undertaking a Degree Apprenticeship at Stevenage Science Park with Catapult Cell and Gene Therapy. He is an Operations and Quality Technician Apprentice

Saad’s offer is a 48-month-long programme where he works in Data Curation and Integration to gain a degree in Data Science from Anglia Ruskin University whilst working at Roche.


His feedback on the application process is here:

I have several experiences with applying for degree apprenticeships. They are all different which is probably one of the difficult things about applying as it means you often find yourself repeating the same thing (I know for certain I had more than enough competency-based interviews), or having to do something you are completely unfamiliar with. For Roche, I filled in an online application which after being reviewed meant I was invited for a video interview. This is where I watch some videos with questions and have to record my answer. After that, I was invited to an assessment centre. This was the first time I had done something face to face with everything else being online so far. The assessment centre consisted of a Logical Test, then giving a presentation I had prepared earlier, doing some short interviews and finally a group task.”

Below you can see what some of the 2021 leavers went on to do after leaving RHS.

Katie is a Laboratory Scientist Apprentice (MCT) on a five year course with Pfizer, who is paying for the entire University course, in addition to paying a salary of £16,500 per year. There are also foreign travel options. Katie secured this one apprenticeship, out of 4,000 applicants.

Joe is a CAD (computer aided design) Electrical Technician Apprentice, working for Phoenix, which has been operating for 90 years in London. Its latest project is Battersea Power Station; stages 2a and 3, following earlier work with Netflix, Facebook and Amazon. Joe is using computer programs such as Revit and Auto CAD, which are the main forms of CAD programming used in the Mechanical and Electrical industry.

Henry is working for London’s Currie & Brown (international property development/consultancy) as a Project Management Apprentice undertaking a Quantity Surveying Degree through a college associated with Reading University. It is a four year programme, with the option of a fifth year to undertake further professional qualifications. This is a salaried position, with Henry’s course costs covered by Currie & Brown.

Oliver has secured his dream job at BMW Group as a Level 6 Engineering Apprentice. This position is based in Birmingham for the next four years.

Joe is a Construction Apprentice, employed by The Hill Group. This is a 5 year apprenticeship with a day a week to complete his Degree, under Westminster University.

Finlay has secured a position as a Marketing Executive on the Emerge programme for a large marketing firm called Essence. The programme is a two-year fixed contract during which time he will be rotated through all the different departments of the business to see which facet suits him best. Finlay will gain two years’ work experience and receive a competitive salary, plus bonus.

Max has embarked on an exciting year-long contract as a Superyacht Deckhand and is currently based in La Ciotat (South of France).

One former student has joined the staff to work during his gap year as a Maths and Economics instructor.

90% of students in Year 13 who applied to university gained a place at their first choice institution. Thirteen students gained places at their insurance choice and four through Clearing. Students secured places at a wide range of institutions on a whole host of courses. One student secured a place at Oxford to study biology. Two students have gone to study medicine, while we also have students who have gone on to study natural sciences, mathematics, English, chemistry, psychology and a whole range of other subjects. A third of the students will be attending Russell Group universities.  Most importantly students have secured places at institutions that they feel will provide them with the qualifications and experience they desire.

University Destinations 2023

Aberystwyth University Computer Science
Arts University Bournemouth Modelmaking
Arts University Bournemouth Visual Effects (VFX) for Film and Television
Bath Spa University Film, Television and Digital Production
Bournemouth University Multimedia Journalism
Bournemouth University Sports Therapy
Bournemouth University Business & Management
Bristol, University of the West of England Business Management and Marketing
Bristol, University of the West of England Business Management and Marketing
Bristol, University of the West of England Film Studies
Cardiff Metropolitan University Media and Communications
Durham University Mathematics (4 years)
Durham University Physics
Edge Hill University Software Engineering
Imperial College London Economics, Finance and Data Science
Leeds Arts University Graphic Design
Leeds Beckett University Marketing Management
Leeds Beckett University Sport Marketing
Leeds Beckett University Sports & Exercise Therapy
Leeds Beckett University Applied Sports Studies in Rugby League
Leeds Beckett University Sports Journalism
Leeds Beckett University Fashion Marketing
Leeds Beckett University Sport and Exercise Science
Leeds Beckett University Primary Education (3-7) with Qualified Teacher Status
Leeds Beckett University Quantity Surveying
Leeds Beckett University Sport and Exercise Science
Leeds Beckett University Sports & Exercise Therapy
Loughborough University Mechanical Engineering (with placement year)
Loughborough University Sport and Exercise Science
Manchester Metropolitan University Advertising and Brand Communications
Manchester Metropolitan University International Relations
Manchester Metropolitan University Business Management
Nottingham Trent University Chemistry
Nottingham Trent University History with International Relations
Nottingham Trent University Media Communications and Culture
Nottingham Trent University History
Nottingham Trent University Psychology
Nottingham Trent University Business
Nottingham Trent University Forensic Science
Nottingham Trent University Psychology
Nottingham Trent University Media Communications and Culture
Nottingham Trent University Business Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent University Chemistry
Nottingham Trent University Law
Nottingham Trent University Product Design
Nottingham Trent University Business Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent University Business Management and Marketing
Nottingham Trent University Software Engineering
Queen Mary University of London BSc Accountancy
Solent University (Southampton) Sports Journalism
Swansea University Aerospace Engineering with a Year in Industry
Swansea University Chemistry
UCL (University College London) Law
UCL (University College London) Politics and International Relations
University of Birmingham Philosophy
University of Birmingham Law with German Law
University of Birmingham Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnership (PwC)
University of Brighton Aerospace Engineering
University of Brighton Computer Science
University of Bristol History
University of East Anglia UEA History
University of East Anglia UEA Biochemistry
University of East Anglia UEA Marketing and Management with a Year Abroad
University of East Anglia UEA Geography
University of East Anglia UEA International Relations and Politics
University of Exeter History
University of Exeter Geography
University of Hertfordshire Aerospace Engineering
University of Hertfordshire Sports Therapy
University of Hertfordshire Model Design (Model Effects)
University of Hertfordshire Sport Business Management
University of Hertfordshire Computing Technologies (Networks and Cybersecurity) Foundation Degree
University of Hertfordshire Biomedical Science
University of Kent Chemistry
University of Leeds Environment and Business
University of Leeds Biochemistry
University of Leeds Sport and Exercise Sciences
University of Leeds History
University of Leicester Business and Management
University of Leicester English and History
University of Lincoln Chemistry with Science Foundation Year
University of Liverpool Chemistry
University of Liverpool International Relations
University of Manchester Chemistry
University of Manchester Medical Biochemistry
University of Northampton Psychology (Counselling)
University of Nottingham Nursing (Mental Health)
University of Nottingham Medicine at Lincoln
University of Nottingham Politics and International Relations
University of Nottingham Chemistry
University of Nottingham Criminology
University of Nottingham Criminology
University of Nottingham Pharmacology
University of Nottingham Criminology
University of Nottingham Physics
University of Nottingham Medicine
University of Oxford Biology
University of Plymouth Filmmaking
University of Portsmouth Marketing
University of Portsmouth Geography
University of Portsmouth Marine Biology
University of Reading Biochemistry with Professional Experience
University of Reading Construction Management and Surveying
University of Sheffield International Relations and Politics
University of Sheffield Bioengineering
University of Southampton Business Analytics
University of Southampton Geography
University of Southampton Psychology
University of Southampton Criminology and Psychology
University of Surrey Aerospace Engineering with Foundation Year
University of Sussex Design and Business (with a foundation year)
University of Warwick Accounting and Finance with Placement Year
University of Westminster, London Law
University of Westminster, London Law
University of Winchester Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
University of York Computer Science with Artificial Intelligence (with a year in industry)