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School Leavers

Once you start your Key Stage 4 studies, your teachers will ask you to start thinking about life following school. We are an outstanding Sixth Form College with a wide range of subjects on offer and a brilliant reputation nationwide.

You will need to start thinking about what career you see yourself pursuing or whether you have the desire to go to University or to follow the Apprenticeship route. Whichever path you see yourself taking, now is the time to start thinking about the subjects you wish to study. Grab a prospectus to find out more about what is on offer at Huish.


Our Head of Admissions is Charlotte Sargent. Her role within the College includes offering advice and guidance to pupils interested in studying at Huish.

She is here to support you with:

  • Your application to Huish
  • Choosing the right courses or Apprenticeship for you
  • Preparations for starting at Huish in September

Charlotte attends parents’ evenings, careers fairs and delivers assemblies in schools across Somerset and Devon to help you make an informed decision about your future. She also organises Experience Days which give you the opportunity to spend the day with us here at Huish, sampling lessons that interest you and soaking up the atmosphere of college life.

Make sure you say hello to Charlotte if you see her in school or contact her for a chat about your future college life.

Charlotte Sargent

View Principal Emma Fielding’s presentation (filmed for our November 2021 Open Events) for an introduction to Huish.

Experience Days give students the opportunity to spend the day with us here at Huish. You will sit in lessons with our students, in subjects that you have chosen. It is a great way to meet teachers, current students and experience teaching styles and life inside our classrooms, as well as asking any questions you have about the subjects. This also gives you the opportunity to experience our fantastic state of the art facilities.

The Experience Day will also include the timetabled break times and lunch period, enabling you to really experience the buzz and lively atmosphere we have throughout our campus. 

Entry Requirements for Huish

When looking at your different subject choices it is important that you understand the college entry requirements.

Our standard entry requirements for a Level 3 Study Programme are 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C and above, this must include your Maths and English GCSEs. Some subjects will require different grades on entry. When looking through the different subjects you should check whether the subjects you are interested in require specific GCSE grades.

The Level 2 Pathway is available for students who may not be ready to begin a Level 3 Study Programme following their GCSEs. This one year programme, is a progression pathway onto a Level 3 Study Programme.


In preparation for becoming an independent learner at Huish, revising for your GCSEs is a great way of discovering what type of learner you are and what revision style works best for you. Make sure you attend revision classes and ask your teachers any questions you may have. Write a revision timetable to ensure you are covering all subject areas and allow yourself plenty of breaks to keep your mind focused.

Results Day

Hopefully by August you will have already decided on your next steps and get the qualifications you need but if your plans change we are here to offer advice and guidance whatever your level of achievement. You can call us on 01823 320 800 or view our events page for news of support events available.

There is a place for you at Huish.

Good luck!


Q. How many A level subjects can I take?
A. We recommend all students take three A Level subjects or equivalent when choosing a Level 3 Study Programme.

Q. Do universities/employers prefer A Level or Vocational qualifications?
A. A Vocational Certificate and an A Level are roughly equivalent in UCAS points so of equal value for the majority of Universities and in the eyes of employers. For some specific courses or careers however one qualification may be more suitable. We run the qualifications that we believe are most appropriate for success in related industries. Following your application you will be invited to your individual Advice and Guidance session where we can advise you if your selected Study Programme is suitable for your future goals.

Q. Can I mix A Levels and Vocational subjects?
A. Yes, a Level 3 Study Programme can consist of a combination of A Levels and Vocational Extended Certificates. Depending on the type of learner you are one style may work better for you. The A Level subjects are more academic and exam based, and the Vocational subjects are more practical and coursework based. Mixing the two types of subject together can give you a good balance in work load and style of teaching.

Q. When should I apply?
A. Our application process opens in November and it is online. Visit our apply page to find out more information about the application process and submit an application. Once we have received your application, we will schedule you an appointment to meet us. You can apply throughout your final year of school, however the majority of our applications are submitted between November and April.

Q. Will I be in the same class as my friends?
A. We are fully aware of how daunting the start of college may seem, and being with your friends may be the more comfortable option. However college life is all about becoming an independent learner and studying the subjects that will enable you to meet your career aspirations. There are many social spaces at Huish for you to meet up with friends during the break times or free periods. Huish is also a great place to make new friends, whether that be through your subjects or enrichment programmes.

Q. What do I need to bring on my first day?
A. Once the Enrolment process is complete, on your first day as a Huish student you will need to bring a pen, notebook, your student ID card, and most importantly, a smile!

Q. Do I need to study the subject to be part of the enrichment programme?
A. No, we encourage all students to take part in enrichment and it is there to enhance your studies, although you do not need to study the similar subject. For example, if you would like to be part of a sports team, you do not need to be studying PE. The enrichment programme gives our students the opportunity to continue a passion of theirs or start something new, and gets them out of the classroom environment and make new friends and meet like-minded people.

Q. How many hours of lessons will I have a week?
A. Your lessons will be either 2 hours or 1.5 hours and you will have 5 hours of lessons per subject per week. If you are studying an Extended Diploma you will have 15 hours of lessons for your subject (as your course is equivalent to 3 subjects in time).

Q. Do I have to wear a uniform?
A. No, at Huish we do not have a uniform. We encourage all students to be individual and are committed to equality and diversity, which means that everyone is treated fairly and is allowed to be themselves without fear of ridicule.

Q. Do I have to stay on campus during my free periods?
A. Taunton town centre is a short walk from our campus, and although you are allowed to leave site during the day, we do encourage all of our students to make the most of our fantastic study centres. Our results are outstanding due to the hard work and dedication of our students.

Q. Is the application process the same for Apprenticeships?
A. Applying for an Apprenticeship is like applying for a job. You can apply for an Apprenticeship at any point during the year as they are not restricted to an academic calendar. For more information visit our Application page.

Q. There is a specific career I want to go into, what subjects should I take?
A. Your career aspirations will be discussed at your Advice and Guidance session following your application. You will discuss which path you would like to take and which subject combinations are best suited to you. If you do have a career in mind but are unsure of the subjects to take, you can go to the UCAS website. Type in the career or course you wish to study at University, it will search all of the institutions that deliver that course and the entry requirements for the chosen area of study. This will give you an idea of the subjects and grades that are expected of you.


The Huish Headstart programme is compilation of resources designed to help you prepare for Huish and show you the type of work you can expect on our A Level and Vocational courses. If you are having difficulty choosing courses you may find the resources very useful to identify if your strengths are suited to a subject.

The Huish Headstart programme relaunches each summer but is available to browse throughout the year. 

Huish Headstart

In 2021, a few of our students answered common questions we received. Watch their videos below for an insight into what it is like to study at Huish.

Ask Our Students – Kes

Ask Our Students – Anina

Ask Our Students – Roo

Ask Our Students – Mimi



Group of friends stood close together, one is kicking in the air and another is posing doing a peace sign

“We have a culture that cares for the individual and promotes inclusivity, equality and mutual respect – specialist support is available for all and diversity is embraced.”

Huish Values 01/08/2021