Achieving Your Ambitions
Your future prospects and success will be greatly enhanced by studying A Levels or a vocational course at Strode College. We will do all we can to help you reach your potential and achieve your ambitions.
Our students are 13% more likely to get a place at university than the national average. Many others choose to go directly into employment after college, gaining a range of jobs with excellent prospects.
Progress to university
Between 2008 and 2013, nearly 2000 of our students were offered places to study degrees at universities around Britain. Many more progressed to pre-degree studies in art and design, while others chose to take a gap year before going to university, gaining valuable experience from paid or voluntary work and travel.
More than 25% of those who applied gained places at prestigious Russell Group Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
Strode students’ favourite universities are Plymouth, West of England in Bristol, Bath Spa, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Bristol University, Southampton, Brighton and Falmouth.
All students who apply to university are given advice and support about university courses and careers and they are supported with their UCAS application. Students who take a gap year before applying to university are encouraged to return to college for support with their application.
Strode graduates also progressed into employment, selfemployment, or an Apprenticeship. This group includes both vocational and A Level graduates as well as some students with specific needs who progressed into supported employment.
The occupations chosen are diverse and reflect the local economy: from law to media, farming to manufacturing, construction to engineering and a large number of graduates are recruited by the uniformed public services.
Significant numbers of graduates have progressed into areas of employment directly linked to their vocational courses, for example hair and beauty (spas, salons and cruise ships) and accountancy.
Louie Peters - Career in business finance
“I had a great time studying at Strode. Lessons were interesting, it was always made clear what we needed to do to achieve our best. I left Strode in 2008 and finished my MSc Physics degree in 2012. I'm glad my Physics lessons at Strode inspired me to continue learning.”
Louie, formerly a pupil at King Arthur’s Community School, studied A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, History and AS Computing. He gained a first class Masters Degree from Imperial College, London before securing a business finance position with JP Morgan Stanley.
Joe Cahart - Film industry visual effects
“The skills and work ethic I learnt at Strode helped me move up the career path quickly. I was encouraged to do new things, multi task and to understand the importance of networking; this has helped me get access to the top people in the industry and fantastic projects.”
Joe left Strode in 2004 with a National Diploma in Media Production (BTEC Extended Diploma in Broadcast Media). He gained a degree in Video Production at the University of Gloucestershire and today works as a visual effects coordinator for some of the most successful film directors and companies in the industry including Disney, Universal and 20th Century Fox.
James Brooks - Geotechnical Tunnel Engineer
“I’m working on a new 8.5km tunnel that’s being constructed to form the second stage of the harbour treatment in Hong Kong. It’s our job to suggest and guide the support for the tunnels.”
James came to Strode from Stanchester Academy and he left in 2007 with A Levels in Geology, Physics and Environmental Science. He went on to Exeter University where he gained a degree in Geology and Geotechnics before starting a great career with a position overseas.
Annie Dampier - Followed her vocation
“I always wanted to be a nurse so I came to Strode to do the National Diploma in Care. The teachers were really supportive and gave me lot of advice. What I learned at Strode really helped me at university, particularly the practical work placements and the communications skills. I got my job soon after graduating."
Annie moved to Strode from the Blue School to study the National Diploma in Care. She went on to gain a degree in nursing from Bristol, University of the West of England, before becoming a nurse at West Mendip Hospital in Glastonbury.