Accelerate Programme

Our Accelerate Programme is designed to further develop the skills, knowledge and capabilities of high-achieving students who aspire to go to the most selective universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Our programme covers four areas:

  • Creative and expressive arts
  • Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
  • Humanities, English and social sciences (HESS)
  • Sport.

In each group, you will receive support for early university applications, help to secure summer school placements, work shadowing opportunities and the option to complete an extended project qualification (highly regarded by universities and equivalent to half an A Level, in UCAS points).

Creative and expressive arts

You will be studying a related course and can take part in any of the following activities:

  • Leading roles in college musical and Rock Challenge
  • Choral concert
  • Public art exhibitions
  • LAMDA classes
  • Life drawing classes
  • Peripatetic music lessons
  • Mayflower Theatre workshops
  • Audition and portfolio preparation for entry to conservatoires/drama schools/universities
  • ABRSM / Rock School grade exams
  • Bespoke subject and industry tutorials.

Entry requirements: art portfolio or music/performing arts auditions.

Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

You will be studying a related course and can take part in any of the following activities:

  • Talks from visiting lecturers and industry professionals
  • Debating skill sessions
  • Crest awards (science project)
  • Cipher club (code breaking)
  • Visits to Southampton General Hospital and the science labs at the University of Southampton
  • Access to Operation Live (operating theatre simulation).

Entry requirements: six GCSEs at six or above, including English, maths and science.

Humanities, English and social sciences (HESS)

You will be studying a related course and can take part in any of the following activities:

  • Talks from visiting lecturers and industry professionals
  • Debating skill sessions
  • Competitions
  • Variety of trips
  • Research skills masterclasses
  • Academic writing for the digital age masterclasses
  • Literary theory masterclasses.

Entry requirements: six GCSEs at six or above, including English, maths and science.

Sport

You can take part in any of the following activities, regardless of the courses you are studying:

  • Cricket
  • Ladies and men’s football
  • Ladies and men’s basketball
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Trampolining with an international coach
  • Specialist coaching from Saints FC
  • Personal training plan for the gym
  • Playing at fixtures locally and nationally
  • Represent the South East at AOC national finals
  • Visits to well-known sporting venues
  • Help applying for international sports scholarships.

Entry requirements: you do not have to be studying sport to apply to join the programme.  However, you do need to play for a local team or take part in trials.

You can express your interest in joining our Accelerate Programme during your pre-enrolment or enrolment interview.

*Transport fees may apply for some of these Accelerate Programme activities. They will be added to your course fee payments.