As is customary at this point in the year, we are delighted to share a summary of the university outcomes for our recent Upper Sixth leavers.
This year represented challenges like no other. In August, the Guardian wrote: Tens of thousands of A level pupils may miss out on 1st choice university. Admissions will be ‘hardest in living memory’ after government asks regulators to set grade boundaries. Yet despite the predictions of industrial-scale heartbreak, nearly 9 in 10 Marlburians (87%) secured their first-choice course and institution, 74% of the cohort accepted an offer from one of the Russell Group universities, nine pupils took up places at Oxbridge and all of our Medics were successful.
This year’s list of top destinations includes the familiar favourites of Newcastle (24), Durham (21), Oxford Brookes (18), Bristol (17), Exeter (17) and Edinburgh (14). In terms of course subject choices, more than 20 Marlburians have chosen to go on and study Business Management (23) or Combined Arts/Social Sciences (21) with notably more choosing Economics, English and Geography than usual.
In global terms, Marlburians also fared well with 63% of those applying internationally winning places at one of the QS Top 100 universities. Places are being taken up at highly selective US universities such as Columbia (Columbia Science Po Dual Program), Barnard, Northeastern, Pratt Institute, Tufts, Vassar, University of Virginia and Georgetown and in Canada, McGill and the University of Toronto. Closer to home applications to Spain, IE Madrid and to Utrecht in Holland have also been successful. Marlburians have been awarded significant merit scholarship awards including the Creative Leader Portfolio Scholarship at Northeastern University College of Arts and Media Design, the Echols Scholarship at UVA and the International Scholarship at Pratt Institute in NYC.
Our 2022 leavers should be warmly congratulated on their prestigious and varied array of university places and we wish them every success as they embark on this next stage of their education.
Head of Guidance
Head of International Guidance