University Destinations 2021

We are very proud of our outstanding record for university destinations, and 2021 has proved no exception.

This summer, 96% of students secured their chosen university, with 71% going to Russell Group Universities and four obtaining places at Oxford and Cambridge to read: Philosophy and German, Modern and Medieval Languages, Human, Social, and Political Sciences and Geography.

Just under half of all places were in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) with students choosing Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Natural Sciences, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Data Science and Psychology, plus, in the popular healthcare subjects, Medicine, Dentistry, Midwifery, Optometry and Pharmacy.

Alongside this, the degree choices spanned a range of 20 different subjects, reflecting the diversity and breadth of the Old Palace curriculum including: Audio and Music Technology; Classics; Dance; English; Geography; History; International Relations; Modern Languages; Politics

Four chose Joint Honours degrees in Philosophy and German, History and Politics, Criminology and Sociology, and English Language and Linguistics.

Over a third chose to study in London; six students secured a place at Kings College with four going to Royal Holloway, three at both Imperial and Queen Mary, two at City university and one at University College London.

Further afield Durham and Exeter will be the new home for another six students, with Edinburgh and Glasgow the farthest another three will need to travel to. Other universities include Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, York, Warwick, Liverpool, Lancaster, Nottingham Trent, Chichester, Plymouth, Brighton, Medway and Leicester, quite a spread nationally.


  • Medicine: (2) Queen Mary x2, University of London (+1 tbc Leicester)
  • Dentistry: (1) University of Plymouth
  • Engineering: (2) Imperial College London
  • Geography: (4) University of Cambridge; University College London; King’s College, London; University of Birmingham

Most popular subjects:

  • Geography; Politics
  • Business Management; English; Psychology; Biological Sciences; Computing;

Students studying:

  • STEM degrees, including Psychology: 41%
  • Humanities including English: 23%
  • Politics, Business Management, Finance: 21%
  • Languages: 7%
  • Music/Dance: 4%
  • TBC: 2% (1)

Most popular universities:

  • Kings College, London
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Imperial College London; Durham University; Queen Mary, University of London; University of Exeter