The Folkestone Academy Sixth Form has a real focus on ambitions throughout. Everything from the subjects Sixth Form students study to the tutorial programs they have access to is geared towards the realisation and achievement of ambitions. The world that our young people are entering upon leaving education is changing all the time, and whilst we cannot know what the future will hold for our students, we can work to prepare them for it.

Our comprehensive tutorial programs prepare students for part-time and full-time work, apprenticeships, gap years, and university. Whilst we understand that university is not for everyone, we firmly believe that it is an excellent and rewarding way for our students to develop and realise their ambitions. Through close links with local universities such as Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Kent, and The University For The Creative Arts, combined with personalised and one-to-one advice, we work hard to dispel the myths surrounding university whilst ensuring that students have all the information they need to make informed decisions.

An increasing number of our students see the value in the new opportunities and pathways that are offered by studying at university, and last year over 55% of our Sixth Form students chose to progress onto university. The opportunity for study doesn't stop there, either; our students are entitled to full support when applying to university even after they have finished studying with us. We realise that when students choose to study with us in Sixth Form, there is a good chance that they have long-term plans that our Sixth Form fits into and we are happy to play our role in acting as a launch pad for our students to move on to bigger and better things.

Progression Pathways

It can be difficult for young people to know what to do after they have finished sixth form but the decisions they make now can have a significant influence on their future, so it’s important that they make considered, fully informed decisions. In general, young people have four pathways available to them once they have completed their post-16 studies.

University/Higher Education Institution

We encourage all students to consider higher education as an option. Research shows that graduates are more likely to gain sustainable employment and will on average earn £10,000 a year more than non-graduates (Graduate Labour Market Statistics). Universities now offer a broad range of degrees in both academic and vocational subjects; the UCAS website lists all the courses available and young people can search by subject or institution.

Russell Group – The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience for students of all backgrounds and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. More information can be found on

Many colleges now also offer foundation degrees, which are a viable option for young people, particularly for those who may not have achieved the necessary grades for a full degree programme.

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Apprenticeships/Degree Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are now available for in a wide variety of occupational areas, including professional careers such as nursing, law, engineering and accountancy. More recently apprenticeships have expanded into higher education, meaning that they can be taken at degree level. Learners on a Degree Apprenticeship programme will be employed and work for an employer full-time, with 20% of their hours dedicated to training and working towards a degree. The employer will pay all tuition fees and on completion of the programme they will achieve a fully accredited degree.


Some young people decide that they would rather go straight into employment at the age of 18 rather than continue with their studies. It can be difficult to navigate the job market for the first time, but Career Pilot offers lots of useful tips. Other useful websites include:

GAP Year

Students may decide that they would like to take time out for a Gap Year, with a view to continuing with their studies or full-time employment on their return. Gap Years allow young people to have a break overseas whilst gaining valuable experience to enhance their CV. Gap Years can take on a variety of forms, including volunteering, summer camps, and teaching TEFL abroad. More information can be found on the following websites:

If you want to start planning for your next educational steps, why not have a look at some of the links below?

Local Post-16 Study Options

Our University Partners

Apprenticeship Options

Canterbury College The University of Kent The National Apprenticeship Service
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East Kent College Canterbury Christ Church University Kent Training & Apprenticeships
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University for the Creative Arts University for the Creative Arts Apprenticeships
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  The University of Chichester