Your next steps after Priestley

Priestley is a stepping stone on the way to securing a bright future. For many students the next step will be university whilst others will go straight into prestigious jobs or apprenticeships.

Our goal is to ensure you not only achieve the best qualifications at the end of your time at college but also hone the qualities required by universities and employers today.

What follows are just some of the fantastic opportunities that are offered by Priestley to help you remain one step ahead of the competition.



For those aiming to study at Russell Group universities, Priestley offers the unique and prestigious Graduate programme, which is designed to help unlock your full potential.

It will make you competitive in the national and international marketplace for both university placements and employment.

Through the Graduate you will benefit from:

  • Specialist coaching
  • Exciting opportunities at leading universities including, Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Durham, London, York and Warwick
  • Challenges that take you out of your comfort zone and help prepare you for application and interviews
  • A bespoke support group
  • Visiting lecturers
  • Specialist advice and guidance

In recent years leading lecturers and professors from Oxford, Cambridge, York, Leeds, Salford, Liverpool and Chester Universities all contributed to our programme by judging our unrivalled annual essay competition.

First year students are given invaluable feedback prior to making a university application in their second year.

There is no doubt The Graduate provides a unique opportunity for you to succeed and achieve your ambitions.


Priestley is working with the New Engineering Foundation (NEF) to ensure that our students are best placed to secure long term futures in key national and local industries. This links in with not only the curriculum on offer at Priestley but also with the specialist enrichment opportunities we provide. Together we are working to ensure Priestley remains the region’s number one post 16 provider of quality learning opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects (STEM).

This exciting development work is focussing on four key areas:

  • IT and Telecommunications
  • Engineering
  • Digital and Creative Industries
  • Health and Pharmaceutical Industries

Together with cross cutting themes of ICT, Employability Skills and Applied Maths and Science this development sees the College building closer links with universities and local employers to ensure that you will gain that competitive edge when applying for University of employment.

This work builds on the enrichment opportunities provided through:


The Engineering Education Scheme

Students work to develop real life solutions to production problems. In recent years teams from Priestley have successfully worked with top engineers from Sellafield on a number of tasks developing team work, problem solving and presentation skills. Through our links with leading Universities our scientists have benefitted from practical demonstrations from leading lecturers from Nottingham University and Computing students have benefitted from our close links with the University of Salford.


Pre-Medical Programme

Students gain the latest insights into the leading medical professions through work with Universities such as Liverpool and Manchester. Whilst also benefitting from guest speakers including practitioners and current medical students and visits. This is ideal for those seeking careers in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science.



A highly respected international company with a local base has supported the running of the Priestley/Solvay Science conference looking at issues around the sustainability agenda for the benefit of Year 10 pupils working alongside our current students.


Executives Challenge

Through this programme we work with you to ensure you are able to secure placements with some of the leading companies in the region. We have also had success in securing internships with nationally renowned companies that will give you that competitive edge when applying for your first job or help impress University Admissions Tutors.


Pre-Teaching Programme

This programme has been extended to include an option for those who are considering becoming a Secondary Teacher as well as those looking to go into Primary Teaching.


European Work Experience

This is aimed at AS/A Level language students and is an excellent opportunity for language learning and to build your confidence.


International Aspirations

Priestley has an outstanding reputation for widening student’s experiences by running a series of overseas educational visits that enhance both learning and personal development. Residentsials have included New York, Washington, Berlin, Geneva, Lanzarote and Iceland for course related experiences. In addition cross college trips have been run to Mozambique and Moldova to support charitable activities.


Pre Law

Our second year students are able to benefit from this programme where you gain an in depth insight into legal professions such as solicitor and barrister. You will take part in Mooting competitions and work with local magistrates as well as taking part in specialist trips and visits. You will also be helped to prepare for specialist university entrance tests.


Music and Performance Groups

We have an established range of performance companies that give you every opportunity to hone your skills and talents through practical experiences performances of the highest standard. These are Breathe, The College Choir, contemporary dance company Oxygen and Respiration our theatre company.

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