Higher Education

Higher Education provision is for students aged 18 and upwards who wish to continue their learning at Level 5 (Diploma) to Level 6 (Honours Degree)  to Level 7 (Masters Degree) and onwards to Doctorate level.
Degree courses are now widely available through over 100 UK universities ranging from Russell Group Institutions such as the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds in Yorkshire to right on our doorstep at the new UCR (University Centre Rotherham).

All University degree and higher degree course can be found through searching on UCAS, many courses can be studied part-time and often courses have a ‘sandwich’ option and offer a year in placement or industry.

Apprenticeship Degrees are available through some employers, for example, our local AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre) offers degree apprenticeships whereby you are employed to work and study your degree one day a week – all fees are paid for by your employer.

For information on fees and funding available it’s worth checking out national student finance or our local Higher Education Partnership pages HEPP: a funding presentation is available in the documents section.

Lots of people choose to continue their education at university once they have completed their A level exams.  All university applications are made through UCAS, and you can search through thousands of course choices on the UCAS website.

You can also speak to your form tutor or sixth form mentor who will be able to provide you with support and advice on applying to university and UCAS. For more information on alternative routes after sixth form please contact the careers team or visit the careers office.

Careers Advice

Do you need advice on what career path to take next? Or need help applying for Sixth Form, University or an Apprenticeship?

Come and visit us in the careers office, ground floor F Block near the rear entrance to the block adjacent to the main hall



  • Prospectuses for a range of universities are available to view in the sixth form common room, if you require information from a provider that we do not have please let us know and we will try and source one for you.


UniTasterDays have brought to you a range of video clips made by students studying different subjects at University:

Take a browse to find out more about the ones you might be thinking of studying in the future.

Applying for higher Education?

If you are thinking of attending university or not sure what to do, here are a few useful links to help you get started.


UCAS provide helpful support and advice for you to make an informed decision about your future and which providers may be the best fit for you.

UCAS Exhibition

Whether you are interested in higher education, apprenticeships, volunteer and gap year programmes, or career opportunities, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you at a UCAS exhibition.

University.which provides great advice and comparison information on all degree courses and universities throughout the country as well as advice on everything to prepare you for university.

Heppsy Higher Education

HeppSY+ have compiled a range of information booklets on key topics of interest helping you to better understand higher education and the choices you can make.

Informed Choices

Informed Choices offers guidance on the subjects that students should choose at 16 if they wish to pursue a degree in a certain area. It includes a brand new tool for pupils to test out different combinations of post-16 subjects to see which degrees they may open up.

What else is there for me?

Here you will be able to take a look at the different options available to you other than university and how you can receive more information for your chosen path.

Apprenticeships & Employment

Looking to be in paid work or an apprenticeship after your sixth form study?

Work Experience & Volunteering

If you want to gain some valuable insight into a career area or just show a future employer that you have valuable skills and experience to offer.

Alumni & Past Years

Wickersley is proud of the achievements of its past students, find out more about their stories and sign-up to our Alumni community.

Gap Year

Prefer to take a break from studying? Here you can find options for gap year ideas.
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Gap Year

It’s time to start piecing together your dream trip and plan your gap year!


Don’t wait for adventure to find you. If you’re hoping to take a year out and go travelling, read our gap year advice on where you could go and what you could do to make sure you have the trip to remember.

Real Gap

Find your dream adventure with Real Gap Experience, the UK’s most experienced gap year and adventure travel specialists.