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Student Transition

We promote and support all pathways here at St Mary’s. Every year many of our students go on to pursue their technical and vocational careers through local colleges, T Levels and apprenticeships.

What are T Levels?

T Levels are new 2 year qualifications which started in September 2020. They are educational courses with an employment placement designed to follow on from GSCE’s and are equivalent to 3 A Levels.

T Levels offer students a mixture of primarily classroom based learning with on the job experience during an industry placement of at least 45 days.

You can find out more about T Levels through this Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal link: 

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experience whilst obtaining a qualification at the same time.

There are 4 types of apprenticeship qualification levels:

  • Intermediate (Level 2) typically considered to be the same level as 5 GCSE passes.
  • Advanced (Level 3) considered to be the same as two or three A level passes.
  • Higher (Level 4 and above) apprenticeships are most suitable for those looking to progress from a level 3.
  • Degree (Levels 6 – 7) apprenticeships offered by universities and other higher education providers and can go up to master’s level.

To look for an apprenticeship we recommend you register on the Government website and use this to search. We also recommend reaching out to employers directly and searching through their websites to see if they offer apprenticeships.

Local Colleges

Based on our Year 11 Leavers last year, here are some of the colleges together with website links that our students went on to study:


Stansted Airport                                    

Broxbourne and Ware                          

Cambridge and Huntingdon              


Tottenham and Enfield                        

St Albans and Welwyn Garden City  


Plumbing and Gas                                 

Fashion and Retail                                 

Beauty Therapy                                      

Land Based Industries