OUR ACCELERATE PROGRAMME IS DESIGNED TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND CAPABILITIES OF HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENTS.
If you take part in this programme, you will be expected to develop excellent study habits and broaden your understanding of the political, international and cultural issues of your subjects by undertaking wider reading related to the courses that you are interested in.
You can express your interest in joining our Accelerate Programme during your pre-enrolment or enrolment interview.
If you intend to apply to competitive universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, then joining the Accelerate Programme will give you access to dedicated support with your applications. You can also take part in practice interviews and entrance exams which will help prepare you for the more rigorous university admission processes.
The college trip to St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, really inspired me and made me motivated to apply to Oxford. The experience allowed me to see that my goals were achievable and I should try my best to get a place.
The college also arranged a mock interview when I applied to Oxford, which really helped to prepare me for then real thing.
EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION
Students on the Accelerate programme are encouraged to undertake the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This is an independent research project that you can undertake alongside your chosen courses. It is roughly the equivalent to half an A Level and can attract up to 28 UCAS points. You will be supported by a tutor who can assist with the planning of your project and to help you develop the skills required to complete your project well. As you are able to choose the subject of the EPQ yourself, it is a great way to show your passion for a particular subject area and really delve into topics or address issues which may not be covered in your courses.
My EPQ was a huge highlight. I loved the independence and the chance to get out of my comfort zone with the presentation.
You will also receive help with securing summer school placements, work shadowing opportunities, and visiting higher universities.