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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 in Taunton, Somerset, 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 and join us for The Virtual Huish Experience to find out more about what is on offer at Huish.


Charlotte Sargent- School Liaison Officer at Richard Huish CollegeOur Head of Recruitment and 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.

Due to the current Covid-restrictions we are unable to offer our usual experience days at the current time. We hope to be able to offer these opportunities again in the future when it is safe to do so.

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. During this time you can ask our Student Ambassadors what being a Huish student is like, as well as other questions that may not have been answered during the day.

The ongoing conditions required to help keep us all safe against Coronavirus mean there are less opportunities for us to visit you in person and welcome you to our campus at the moment.

We are still here for you. We will be hosting virtual events throughout the year and looking for new ways we can interact with you. We are working with your schools’ careers departments to ensure you get the advice you need to consider your best options for when you leave school.

If you would like to know more about Huish please don’t hesitate to contact us at We would be happy to chat to you.

Like you, we are determined to ensure the added challenges you have had to face this year do not stop you reaching your future aims. Do keep giving your best effort to your school work and we will work with you to get you to your next step.


I joined Huish two months late because I decided to move schools after I’d started my A Levels at a boarding school in Dorset. It was a risky choice and I don’t think I could’ve been more nervous. However, because of the atmosphere that I found here, the friends that I have made and the high academic standard, it was, and still is, one of the best decisions I could have made. The teaching in all my subjects is fantastic and I feel that it pushes me academically to the best of my ability, individually and in class.

Mimi Lecompte, Huish student

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.

Level 2 Study Programmes are available for students achieving a GCSE grade 3/D in Maths and English alongside a mixture of other subjects at grade 3 or 4. A Level 2 Study Programme is a year long and a great stepping stone onto the Level 3 programme or it can set you up for the workplace or an Apprenticeship.

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 Support
Following GCSE Results Day, Huish hosts support events for students. Please check our events calendar for details or call 01823 320 800.

These events are for all GCSE students collecting their results. 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, this event gives students the opportunity to talk about their options for September. At the event you will be able to talk to our staff about your goals and gain advice about the variety of courses on offer to you.

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 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. You can find out more information about the application process and apply here. 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. In general, students at Huish have 4.5 hours per individual subject a week. Extended Diploma courses count as three subjects in time. In addition, students receive 2 hours of guided study time with their Progress Tutor. You are also expected to put at least 5 hours of time into your study per subject, per week, outside of class teaching 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.


If you are considering joining our Sixth Form as a Level 2 or 3 student we recommend Huish Headstart. These resources have been compiled to help you prepare for Huish and will show you the type of work you can expect on our A Level and Vocational courses.

Huish Headstart

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“Anyone considering Huish should know that it is an amazing place to learn, make friends and it’s such a nice campus to be in.”

Charlotte, Geography student 06/02/2019