Each year over 400 students progress to university. We are here to support you through making that step, and there are many opportunities available to you, to make a good decision.

Lower Sixth

During your first year at St David’s you will have career and university advice available to you. This includes progression advice from your Pastoral Tutor, access to opportunities through the destinations team, and support on beginning your UCAS application towards the end of your first year.

By the end of your first year, you should begin researching courses and universities, familiarise yourself with the websites and resources, and begin creating your UCAS account.

Upper Sixth

In the Upper Sixth, you are allocated a Progression Mentor. This member of staff is responsible for helping you make decisions about your progression and if applicable, guiding you through the university admissions process. They will help you create drafts of your personal statement and support your online UCAS application. 

Russell Group and Sutton Trust Universities

The Russell Group and Sutton Trust universities comprise of the top universities across the UK. They are committed to the highest levels of academic excellence in both teaching and research. St David’s College students consistently gain places to Russell Group and Sutton Trust universities including King’s College London, the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter, University College London, and of course, Cardiff University.

University Ready

A collection of resources from all of Wales’ universities to help you get started with higher education, from the Open University. These can help you research, and prepare for university life.

Future Options & Vocations Evening

In the spring, St David’s hosts an information evening for students and parents wishing to find out more about the vast array of options available to them after completing their studies at St David’s, including advice on UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). The evening covers everything from personal statements, to student finance and the importance of work experience. 

Work Experience

Throughout the year students are encouraged to take part in work experience at local businesses. Work experience is not only a valuable learning opportunity and an excellent insight into working life, it also enables students to stand out on their UCAS personal statements and on job applications. Various opportunities are communicated to students by email.