Universities, Colleges and Gap Years

A majority of Rydal Penrhos School leavers choose to go on to Higher Education, and between them they study a diverse range of subjects.

This includes places on courses such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, English, Architecture, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Business and Management, Law, History, Engineering, Sports Science and Culinary Arts.

Furthermore, a number of our leavers are now studying for their degree in an overseas institution, not only in Europe but also further afield. We support all applications including to American, Canadian and Chinese universities.

Although most pupils take up their university places in the September/October after leaving school, some prefer to take a gap year. We recognise the value of a properly planned gap year and encourage our pupils to take advantage of the huge range of opportunities available, enabling them to broaden their horizons and bring invaluable assets to their CV.

We also support alumni returning to make deferred applications. The school library holds a wide range of resources and information about all aspects of university applications, UCAS preparation, applying to universities overseas, and gap year possibilities, which supports a substantial programme of visiting speakers.

Applying for competitive courses in the UK

Pupils wishing to apply for competitive courses at Oxford or Cambridge, or for Medicine, Veterinary Science or Dentistry are identified at the beginning of year 12.

They are then encouraged to attend taster courses and apply for programmes like Medlink and Headstart.

UCASĀ applications are prepared in early September to make sure they meet the October 15 deadline.

Additional practice interviews are then arranged in November and December to maximise the chances of success for the pupils.

Rydal Penrhos Society

Rydal Penrhos pupils have accomplished great things after leaving the school, excelling in careers as diverse as law, medicine, business, acting, journalism and sport.

We have a dedicated Rydal Penrhos Society, which helps to keep pupils in touch with one another and to support the school as a whole.

Please contact Sarah James at SJames@rydalpenrhos.com with any questions or queries about the Society.