Life After DESC

DESC recognises that its success can only really be judged once its graduating students are much older and embarking on independent lives.  Sixth Form precedes a period of major change: the end of students' long association with the College and the assumption of formal adult status as they embark on another stage in their lives. Such a significant step requires thorough preparation; what students decide now will impact upon them for some time to follow. The range of options is considerable and there is much to think about; planning ahead, choosing a course of action from the alternatives available and matching ambitions to abilities is all part of the preparation process.

As part of their Sixth Form studies, students will take part in careers workshops and attend careers coaching sessions to provide them with guidance on the choices available to them. Experienced staff are available to meet with students and parents to discuss the routes available for them to follow when they leave College. Students are encouraged to undertake work experience opportunities to give them first-hand experiences of potential future careers.

The majority of our students apply to, and are accepted into, Universities all over the world. The application processes for the different countries will be explained to them and they will be guided through the various application processes, for example the UCAS system for entry to British Universities, or the Common Application Process for the US. Students will be encouraged to investigate the opportunities available to them and we give our full support in the pursuit of their University places.

In Year 12, students will start to think about their future careers. They will have the opportunity to attend career presentations from guest speakers, together with coaching sessions to help guide them with their future career intentions.

To assist with course and institution choices, University representatives visit the College on a regular basis and we recommend that students attend these meetings so that they can ask questions. All students at DESC have access to a dedicated software programme that enables them to search for relevant courses based on their interests and academic attainment.

As a result of this comprehensive preparation, DESC has an excellent track record of students securing places in high demand and competitive courses, at the most prestigious educational institutions across the world.


Destination Schools - 2022

DESC'S Higher Education Department offers information, advice and guidance to all students; we support our students and help them make informed decisions about their university choices to destinations all over the world.


DESC students are offered places at the top UK universities, including those in the Russell Group and Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The pathway to a UK application begins early in Year 12 when students are given the opportunity to research universities and courses using the Unifrog platform. Our experienced personal tutors assist Year 12 students in drafting the personal statement and beginning the UCAS application form.

This process accelerates in Year 13 when university choices are confirmed and the application is submitted to UCAS. Higher Education at DESC provision for UK applicants also includes: 

  • Dedicated Oxbridge Provision, including Oxbridge Interview Preparation
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary interview programme
  • University visits and taster lectures.



Universities in North America are becoming increasingly popular destinations for DESC students. The Higher Education Department introduces students in Year 12 to the Common Application (USA applications), and OUAC (Canadian applications). We ensure that our students are fully equipped to submit a competitive application to prestigious universities in both USA and Canada.

Higher Education at DESC provision for North American applicants also includes: 

  • Bespoke workshops on all factors pertaining to a competitive application
  • One to one meeting with University Counsellor
  • Visits from relevant universities



In an increasingly changing world, we have students applying to a number of different countries and our Higher Education provision continually keeps up to date with the requirements of applications to multiple locations. DESC students are offered places in Europe, in particular the Netherlands, as well as South Africa, Australia and other locations.

Higher Education at DESC provision for Europe & the Rest of the World, also includes:

  • Bespoke workshops on application platforms, such as Studielink (Netherlands)
  • Personalised information and guidance on each destination
  • Visits from a number of universities


DESC have a vibrant and active alumni community through DESSCconnect which helps our alumni to keep in touch with each other and everything that is ongoing at DESC.  

We encourage all our students, staff and parents to be part of the community by signing up to DESSCconnect.

If you wish to contact our Alumni Department, please send an email to [email protected]