Many students see Paston as the first step to university. Our staff are expert in advising you about university, what’s available and where, the grades you need and how to get them.

Paston has a full time HE Mentor, a young graduate who will help you investigate university and make your application, using their own recent experience and research. The UK economy is changing and needs more graduates. Many more careers in future will be graduate only and there will be fewer opportunities for people at 18+ with advanced level or lower qualifications. Many careers are already ‘graduate only’ with a typical starting salary of around £21,000, but sometimes more.

On average, over a working lifetime, a graduate can expect to earn over £200,000 more than someone without a degree. By far the best time to go to university is straight after A-levels/BTEC. Helping you navigate through all the information about university and to plan your next step is an important part of our work as a specialist sixth form college - and we have the experts to help you.

Did you know that there are 116 universities in the UK plus a further 50 specialist colleges, and over 20,000 courses available? There is a great deal of misinformation around about student loans/fees and the benefits of becoming a graduate. We will help you make your decision on the basis of the facts.

What Paston offers you

  • HE Mentor.
  • Personal Tutors who help you write your application.
  • Visiting speakers.
  • Trips to universities and specialist colleges.
  • An evening for parents on ‘going to university.’
  • Advice to parents on a one to one basis.
  • ‘Progression Accords’ with local universities, guaranteeing places on degree courses to Paston students who wish to study locally.