Encounters with Further and Higher Education

As a Sixth Form, we have always had a robust programme of support for our students moving into further and higher education.  This support will include a range of visits, workshops and one to one personalised support meetings.

We hold a HE Maze event by the University of Kent, which informs both parents and students of Years 11 & 12 everything they need to know when considering ‘Why go to university?’.  It’s an interactive event, with the audience getting to vote digitally on questions from the university presenter.

Our HE workshops are run by ambassadors from Canterbury Christchurch University and support students through:

  • How to choose a university and degree course
  • Making your application
  • Writing a personal statement

Students in our Sixth Form have the opportunity each year to attend the Apprenticeship and HE National Fair at Canterbury to support making the decision on higher education and apprenticeships.

HNC/HND/Foundation Degrees

These can be a suitable alternative route for some students, offering a stepped  pathway into higher education and degree courses.

Use:  www.Whatuni.com  and then select HNC/HND into the search with your chosen subject.

The Sittingbourne School is a member of the Kent and Medway Progression Federation which is a partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Kent, the University for the Creative Arts, the University of Greenwich, Canterbury College, the EKC Group, MidKent College, HEAT, Laser Learning Awards, Switch Youth Services and over 70 schools and colleges in Kent and Medway.

Collaboratively, KMPF works to raise the aspirations and attainment of young people from backgrounds who might not otherwise consider progression to higher education. The majority of young people with whom KMPF work are from disadvantaged backgrounds or are the first in their immediate family to go to university.

We would also recommend this range of websites to support any move into further or higher education:


The main website for searching and applying for university.  You will find all the information you need here on each university, each course, course entry criteria and much more


This website gives you all the comparative data for all UK higher education courses.


This website allows you to personalise your searches and choices to suit your studied subjects.


A website which not only gives you options for higher education and apprenticeships, but also career and employment ideas that your qualifications can lead you into.

Complete University Guide

Websites which give you the facts and figures nationally for each university can help you make informed decisions on where you want to study.  This is one of several websites to support you in that research.

Student Finance

Student finance will give you all the information you need on the variety of costs linked to university and this is also the portal to apply for student finance to support your higher education studies.