University and Beyond

John Lyon students have a long track record of securing strong A-Level results, enabling them to leave School knowing they are well-prepared for university and work.

More than half of our leavers go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. In addition to this, the calibre of our students means that around one in five of our students secure places at the prestigious University of London, with students going on to study at the likes of KCL, UCL, Queen Mary, City and SOAS.

In order to help each student get the most from his university application, John Lyon has a dedicated Higher Education team which oversees the process. Students’ decisions are informed by events and trips, such as the John Lyon University Fair in November, a university visit in January and various Goldhawk Lecture Series talks. Students also have access to the Unifrog platform as a resource to support their selection of degree courses and universities. Oxbridge sessions, coordinated by the Excellence Team, and Biomedical Society activities, provide further support for those planning to apply for the most competitive courses. In addition, small tutor groups in the Sixth Form means that individual guidance from tutors and the Sixth Form team is tailored to every student’s need.

Along with the Head of Higher Education, our Careers Advisor is always on hand to talk through all aspects of life after John Lyon, including the options on school leaver programmes in city firms. This is an option that is increasingly popular for those students who wish to enter such careers as banking without first going to university.

Students also benefit from regular visits to the School by Old Lyonians who are happy to offer advice and guidance on the transition from secondary education to university and work beyond that.


Popular university destinations for John Lyon students include:

  • Oxford
  • Cambridge
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Durham
  • Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • University of London: King’s College London, University College London, Queen Mary, City, Royal Holloway, SOAS
  • Warwick

The most popular courses and subject areas studied include:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Biological/Biomedical Sciences
  • Business/Business Management
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Geography
  • International Relations
  • Law
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Politics