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Some of you may already know what you want to progress onto after leaving SJR, but many of you will not. This is nothing to worry about. You will get lots of great advice, information and guidance at SJR to help you make the right decision.

Many of you will consider progressing to university after two years with SJR. We take pride in making sure our students receive the very best support and assistance to help them progress successfully onto amazing and exciting opportunities once they leave.

When considering your options you will be helped and supported by our experienced team of Progress Tutors to ensure your application is of the highest standard it can be. Our students always get excellent offers from a wide range of institutions and your Progress Tutor will be there to help you decide which offers you want to accept.

The excellent team of subject teachers will then work with you over your course to ensure you achieve the best grades you can so you can successfully progress to university.

We look forward to working with you and helping you progress on your own journey into your future!

Useful links

Have a look at the following links to get some helpful advice and guidance about choosing courses and how they could match possible future plans.

Career Quiz helping you find the right career, degree or apprenticeship


While you are at St John Rigby College, we will make sure that you are exposed to lots of opportunities so you can build a toolkit of employability skills for your future roles in society.

During your time here our careers team will:

  • Support you to understand and develop relevant employability skills for future careers;
  • Work with your tutors to guide you to make informed and personalised decisions;
  • Guide you through Higher Education and Apprenticeship applications, vacancy searches, CV writing and interview techniques;
  • Host career events and career talks;
  • Introduce you to leading employers and training providers in the UK.

The college has its own careers advisor, Carol Charnock. She is available for 1:1 discussions from day one of your time at SJR.

Carol has expertise in HE applications, apprenticeships and employer links and will be able to provide you with up to date information, advice and guidance on local job vacancies and employer developments and initiatives.

You can contact Carol via email at

Please find full details of our Careers and Progression Programme here:

Careers and Progression Programme 2020 2021 V2


What’s the most popular study programme at SJR?
The Level 3 Programme is our most popular programme, the next step up from your GSCE studies – the entrance requirements for each of our L3 courses can be found within the courses section. You will choose from a wide variety of exciting and interesting A level courses and a range of Level 3 BTEC qualifications. It is a flexible programme over two years, which is ideal if you are planning to progress onto university, employment or a Higher or Degree-level apprenticeship.

Can I combine A Level subjects and Level 3 BTEC?
Yes, it is possible to study a mixed programme at St John Rigby.

How many subjects should I study?
All students at St John Rigby will either take 3 A Level subjects, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a mixed programme of A levels and BTECs. Some additional subjects and Electives may be studied alongside your chosen three subjects.
You are also encouraged to participate in other extra-curricular activities or courses, to enrich your study programme and prepare you for your future career.

Which course should I choose?
It is your choice. But you must think carefully about your interests and plans after leaving college and choose the courses which will help you to achieve this goal. For example, if you were thinking about applying for a university course in a particular subject such as Medicine, then this will mean that you would need to choose certain subjects – in this case Biology and Chemistry. For many higher education courses the exact choice of Level 3 course is not specified but it is always worth talking this through with college staff and the University.

What if I don’t have a specific career goal at the moment?
Don’t worry! Choose subjects that interest you and in which you think you will do well.

I would like to apply to one of the top universities/for a competitive degree course. What help will St John Rigby give me?
Our dedicated HE+ Programme is structured to include tutorials, activities, events and support for students wishing to apply to Oxbridge or for Medicine, Dentistry, Vet Science and other competitive subjects.

Is there any opportunity for parents, staff, employers or other agencies to support the careers work at SJR?
Absolutely!  We have a wide range of established links with local and national institutions and employers, but are always looking for opportunities to widen this network.  If you would like to get involved please email


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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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