Progression to Higher Education

If Higher Education (HE) is the ideal next step for you, we will support you from the point of selecting an appropriate course at application through to securing your place.

Progressing to HE is a fantastic achievement for any young person, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

Our highly experienced Careers Team provide a comprehensive support programme open to all students who wish to apply to university.

We offer all students:

  • Extensive Information, Advice & Guidance
  • UCAS support programme
  • Specialist support events for parents about the university application process

Many of our former students have progressed to Russell Group and top national universities, such as the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of Bath, University of Exeter and Loughborough University.


Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

We also give you the chance to develop the skills necessary to enter HE and employment by completing the EPQ.

It is looked upon favourably by universities and can help applicants stand out from the crowd when applying for popular degree courses like Medicine.


Core Maths

Core Maths is for students who have achieved a Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and who need to be equipped for the mathematical and quantitative demands of HE courses or employment.

The primary focus is on using and applying mathematics and statistics to address authentic problems and real-life scenarios, drawn from study, work and life, with a strong emphasis on problem-solving. Many roles in the workplace require high levels of budget management and problem-solving skills and Core Maths will be a useful tool in equipping you with these skills.

Core Maths is looked upon favourably by employers and universities and it has been endorsed by the Russell Group universities.

Click here to find out more information about Core Maths at USP College.


STEP Maths (for Maths and Further Maths students)

If you are applying for certain courses at the University of Cambridge or the University of Warwick, you may need to take STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper).

STEP Maths is a well-established maths examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate maths. For more information visit