Ashbourne Finance Programme

Designed to give students the best possible chance of getting onto competitive finance, business or economics related degree courses at a top UK university.

Ashbourne Finance Programme

Ashbourne Finance Programme (AFP) students embark on a journey to financial literacy and explore the intricacies of the financial world so they can confidently navigate its landscape. Learning how to decipher balance sheets, dissect financial statements and decode complex financial news are just a few of the skills students develop as part of the programme.

Expert guidance and the real world

At weekly meetings throughout the term, Ashbourne Finance Programme students are expertly guided to analyse real-world case studies. This helps them develop the analytical, critical and problem-solving skills necessary not only to make informed decisions in their own lives, but importantly in their exams and far beyond.

The Ashbourne Finance Programme complimented the A level Economics course and improved my understanding of commerce greatly.

Zack, International Management, Warwick University

Students examine the historical development of the financial market and discuss a wide range of current issues that push them to challenge their preconceptions and deepen their understanding in the field.

Career ambitions and university choices

Students practise researching and scrutinising concepts to prepare them to face the more rigorous demands of university courses. Each student will receive individual, expert guidance and support in their UCAS application including choosing the right university degree course for them, writing a compelling personal statement and any interview practice required.

Ashbourne played a huge role in helping me get into my dream university whether that be during the application process, personal statement writing or just by encouragement throughout the years, and also in shaping my personality and preparing me for life after school. And for that I’m extremely grateful.

— Mahynour, Economics at London School of Economics

Financial insight

Ashbourne takes advantage of London’s status as a financial hub to visit leading institutions. Students also get to hear inspiring university talks at LSE and UCL and from external speakers from city institutions giving their analysis of trends in the financial world. These unique insights into the experiences of knowledgeable professionals from the financial world help students shape their own career ambitions.

In addition to broadening students’ understanding of how the global economy functions and helping them to develop analytical, critical and practical skills, the Ashbourne Finance Programme also creates valuable experiences that provide great material to include in their UCAS personal statement.

The Ashbourne Finance Programme was an insightful introduction to trading before starting university. This helped me in my decision to pursue my degree course as I wanted to understand markets and trading on a deeper mathematical level.

— Noor, Investment and Financial Risk Management, City University

Outstanding results and university destinations

Ashbourne’s A level courses, taken in conjunction with the Ashbourne Finance Programme, offer outstanding opportunities for ambitious and hardworking students who will benefit from the individual support and choice we offer to help students reach the highest grades.

Ashbourne students consistently achieve outstanding A level exam results, 54% A*A (2022-2023), and almost 60% of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

How to apply

Ashbourne offers an adult-approach to learning which is less formal than most schools yet is demanding and disciplined. We believe this helps nurture confident, self-reliant and independent thinking students prepared for the next stages of their lives. We attract students from all over the world making the college a vibrant, diverse and exciting place to learn.

Please get in touch to apply for a place on the Ashbourne Finance Programme. Email, [email protected], call +44 (0) 20 7937 3858 or complete the enquiry form below.

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