A Levels are no longer the only route for students after GCSE.  With the skills needs of work changing and the UK facing a national skills shortage, more and more students are looking at alternative options to the traditional A Levels and University routes.

At Portland Place School we provide students with the support and information they need to choose the best route for them.


Academic Routes:

With strong links to DLD College all our students will have preferential entry to DLD College but we will work closely to enable any progression for our students, there or elsewhere.

Below is a list of schools and colleges that Portland Place students have left us for over the last few years to continue their studies in Sixth Form. These range from schools with highly academically focused Sixth Form and an aim of Russell Group university entrance, to colleges offering vocational courses and apprenticeships, to highly specialised music, art and agriculture colleges. Truly something for everyone.

List of Portland Place student destinations after Year 11 (since 2015)

Institution Courses Offered Website
ACS Hillingdon International School IB Diploma, US Diploma https://www.acs-schools.com/acs-hillingdon
Albemarle Independent College A-level; GCSE https://www.albemarle.org.uk/
Ashbourne College A-level; GCSE https://www.ashbournecollege.co.uk/
Brampton College A-level https://www.bramptoncollege.com/
BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology A-level; GCSE; BTEC https://www.brit.croydon.sch.uk/
Brookhouse Sixth Form College A-level; GCSE https://www.bsix.ac.uk/
Camden School for Girls A-level http://www.camdengirls.camden.sch.uk/
City and Islington College A-level, BTEC, UAL Diploma, Apprenticeship http://www.candi.ac.uk/
City and Islington Sixth Form College A-level http://www.candi.ac.uk/study-with-us/our-centres/sixth-form-college
City of London Freeman’s School A-level https://www.freemens.org/
City of Westminster College A-level, BTEC, UAL Diploma https://www.cwc.ac.uk/
Collingham College A-level; GCSE https://www.collingham.co.uk/
DLD College London A-level; BTEC; Foundation courses; GCSE https://www.dldcollege.co.uk/
Ealing Independent College A-level; specialist programmes for medical sciences, business and engineering https://www.ealingindependentcollege.com/
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College Diploma; Apprenticeships https://www.wlc.ac.uk/
East London Arts and Music BTEC (highly specialised) https://www.elam.co.uk/
Fine Arts College Hampstead A-level; Portfolio courses http://www.hampsteadfinearts.com/
Halcyon London International School IB Diploma https://halcyonschool.com/
Harrodian School A-level http://www.harrodian.com/
Hartpury College Agriculture and Veterinary college https://www.hartpury.ac.uk/
Highgate School A-level https://www.highgateschool.org.uk/
Hurtwood House School A-level; Pre-U https://www.hurtwoodhouse.com/
Ibstock Place School A-level; Pre-U https://www.ibstockplaceschool.co.uk/
Kensington & Chelsea College BTEC; Diploma (strong creative arts bias) http://www.kcc.ac.uk/
King Alfred School A-level http://www.kingalfred.org.uk/
LaSWAP Sixth Form Consortium A-level; BTEC; Diploma http://laswap.camden.sch.uk/
Mander Portman Woodward (MPW) A-level; GCSE https://www.mpw.ac.uk/locations/london/
Marylebone Boys’ School A-level; BTEC (Sport & Business) http://www.maryleboneschool.org/
Mill Hill School A-level https://www.millhill.org.uk/
St Mary Magdalene Academy A-level http://www.smmacademy.org/
St Marylebone School A-level http://stmarylebone.school/
St Michael’s Catholic College A-level https://www.stmichaelscollege.org.uk/
Stoke Newington School A-level https://www.stokenewingtonschool.co.uk/
University College School A-level https://www.ucs.org.uk/
Westminster Kingsway College A-level; Diploma; Apprenticeship https://www.westking.ac.uk/


Vocational Routes:

Vocational qualifications are designed to meet the specific needs of employers and job sectors. This means that students will develop the skills and knowledge that employers value, enabling them to become an effective employee and helping the organisation to succeed.

Vocational qualifications explored at Portland Place School include a range of apprenticeships programmes and BTEC qualifications.


The UK has a significant shortage of skilled workers in science, technology/digital and engineering. To help bridge the skills gap, and with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, more and more business are developing apprenticeship schemes where students have the ability to work and earn at the same time.  Below are a list of just a few of them:

Accenture JP Morgan
BBC M&G Investments
Deloitte Omnicon
EY Prudential
Gapgemini PWC
Goldman Sachs Saatchi & Saatchi
Google Santander
Haymarket Siemans
Hearts Magazine The Guardian
ITV Unilever



BTEC stands for the Business and Technology Education Council. BTECs are specialist work-related qualifications.

They combine practical learning with subject and theory content. There are over 2,000 BTEC qualifications across 16 sectors – they are available from entry level through to professional qualifications at level 7 (equivalent to postgraduate study).