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Preparing for life after school 

The Northwood Diploma

Unique to Northwood School, all Northwood Sixth Formers are working towards their Northwood Diploma. This offers Sixth Form Students a wealth of enrichment experiences which develop their independence and resilience.  Crucially it allows them to acquire skills which they will need beyond the classroom and in the world of work.

The diploma is made up of three strands:

  • Community Service (Citizens, community volunteering, prefect duties, running clubs/enrichment)
  • Intellectual Curiosity (wider reading, reading from reading lists, attending lectures, attending Oxbridge enrichment, Electives, Future Learn Courses)
  • Work Experience / career preparation (work experience, university trips, summer courses, work, CV writing)

Links to help you with the Northwood Diploma:

  1. Gresham lectures
  2. Future Learn Courses
  3. Wider reading list by subject 2020:
    Click here to view list



Students in the Sixth Form are encouraged to explore all post-18 options, including apprenticeships, vocational training and higher education. All students are supported throughout the UCAS application process.

Please see our Y12 UCAS preparation presentation: 

UCAS Application & Courses 2020


To find out more about the university application process, have a look on these websites:






Work Experience

 Work-based learning - learning throughout the year

Where possible, we expect our students to organise a weekly work experience placement during October or February half term. This might be in a care home, primary school, shop, office, and must be at least five meaningful days of work experience.

 Looking for Work Experience:

Work Experience websites:

Students and Parents can learn about Labour Market Information - January-March 2020  

Opportunities over the Summer Holidays (2019/2020):

UK Summer Schools, Sutton Trust - applications open in January 2020