Aspire Programme

We recognise that all students are individuals and that high achieving students often need some specialist support to help them meet their full potential. As well as working with you in curriculum areas to help you achieve top grades we will also encourage you to extend your studies through the Extended Project qualification and enrichment activities.

You will also be invited to attend the Applying to Competitive Course programme (a 20 week course, starting in January) to help you prepare for those much sought after university places. We have strong links with several universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and we will also help guide you through university admissions tests such as BMAT, UKCAT and LNAT. All students who have GCSE profiles which suggest Oxbridge could be an option will be invited to a meeting to look at their possibilities within the first month of joining College.

We have a good track record of students securing places at top universities with around 20% of our applicants going on to Russell Group universities.

If you are one of the many students who want to enhance your personal statement when applying for university or a job, or just want to extend your interests in one of your subjects, then the Extended Project is an excellent challenge for committed students.

The Extended Project gives you the chance to get more deeply involved with a subject that you are interested in, to develop your research skills and writing skills and to maximise your competitive advantage. You will have the opportunity to apply to do an Extended Project in the second term of the first year.

As a high achieving student you will be encouraged to take part in activities within your subject areas designed to help stretch and challenge you. These might include taking part in trips and competitions, joining enrichment classes or attending lectures from specialist speakers. This list is by no means comprehensive but gives a flavour of the types of activities you may be able to get involved in:

  • Design & Technology students entering the Young Engineer for Britain
  • Maths students taking part in the British Maths Olympiad and the BMO Training Camp
  • Physics students taking in the ‘Robotics Challenge’ or joining the Rocket Science group
  • BTEC Science students taking part in the CSI Forensics Day
  • Law students competing in the Bar Mock Trial
  • English students taking part in the ‘Poetry Slam’ or publishing their anthology of creative writing
  • Music students encouraged to take part in national competitions and auditions such as the BBC Proms Young Composers Competition and the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School
  • Media students competing in the ‘Show us your Shorts’ film competition
  • Law, Sociology and Politics students attending lectures with Baroness Sharp, and the British Army
  • Computing students taking part in the British Informatics Olympiad and
  • Students from several subject areas attending university based lectures and conferences

Whatever your plans are we are committed to helping you meet your potential and achieve your goals.