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Karen Smith

Canfordians heading to top universities

Following their excellent A Level results, the class of 2019 leavers are now looking forward to the next stage of their education.

As in previous years, the majority are heading to Russell Group and Sunday Times Top 12 institutions.  Exeter again is the most popular, followed by Bristol, Cardiff, Durham and Bath.  Taking the total to 90 offers in the past decade, the five pupils with Oxbridge offers secured their places to read courses spanning Arts and Sciences – Economics/Business Management and Biology at Oxford, and Spanish/German, Law and Classics at Cambridge.  Leo Bishop also secured his degree apprenticeship with PWC alongside a BSc degree course in Computer Science at Leeds University, following an intense selection process with 135 Sixth Formers applying for 35 places. 

Seven pupils are heading to courses at prestigious Medical Schools continuing Canford’s tradition of success in this highly competitive entry process, with 118 offers in the past 10 years representing an 80% application/offer success rate.  Three pupils gained places on Art Foundation Courses at Bournemouth Arts University, with a further Canford artist taking up a place at Central St. Martin’s.  Twelve pupils have opted for a Gap Year, with some exciting travels in prospect.

Michael Doherty, Head of Careers, commented:

“This has been another excellent year of applications through UCAS for our Upper Sixth cohort.    We saw over 80% securing places at their chosen universities, and many of those on highly competitive courses at top institutions the FTSE Top 100 firms recruit from.   I am also delighted to see such a broad range of degree and other higher education courses selected, reflecting thoughtful research by pupils into the wide range of options open to them in pursuit of their chosen careers.   I wish them all every success for the future.”

Head to the Canford blog to read our ‘Ten Top Tips for starting university’ piece written by a recent graduate from Bristol, Alice Martyr.

University success graduation


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