Ashbourne’s Finance Programme (AFP) is designed to give students the best possible chance of getting onto competitive finance, business or economics related degree courses at a top UK university. The Programme, which students undertake in addition to their A level courses, is run by Ashbourne’s dynamic Economics teacher Adam McMaster.
What our students get from the AFP
Students are set real life investment challenges where they have to put theories to the test. They gain excellent experience in research, analysis and trading as well as the opportunity to practise their communication skills by pitching their ideas to a live panel. At budget time Adam throws a party for the students to watch it together so they can analyse and debate the chancellor’s proposals the following week.
“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 Karaman, Investment and Financial Risk Management, City University
We also take advantage of London’s status as a financial hub to visit leading institutions and an annual trip to the City of London and London Docklands. Students will get the chance to hear inspiring talks at LSE and UCL and work on reviewing the latest books in the field. External speakers from leading financial institutions in the city come in to give their analysis of trends in the financial world. Students are offered unique insights into the experiences of knowledgeable professionals from the financial world, helping to shape their own career ambitions. As well as helping students broaden their understanding of how the global economy functions and offering them to tools to examine in-depth economic issues from wide range of contexts, the Programme also create experiences that provide great material for students to include in their UCAS personal statement.
“The AFP complimented the A level Economics course and improved my understanding of commerce greatly.” Zack Akrim, International Management, Warwick University
The regular group sessions, trips, events and workshops, complemented by a lively AFP blog, enable students to deepen their understanding of current affairs and keep up to speed with the latest issues and developments in their field. Regular debates are held on current financial issues, allowing the students to consider a range of ideas and challenge their preconceptions. Students are also encouraged to participate in essay writing competitions that require them to conduct independent research and present their findings in an academic-style piece of writing.
“The finance programme has helped me greatly with the application of relevant data in my economics essays and has led me to follow the latest financial and business news, from economic fiscal budgets to exploring emerging technological innovation powerhouses in China. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is either studying economics or is interested in the field of finance, business development and economics.” Malek.
Practice in researching and scrutinising concepts assists students in the transition 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’s A level courses, taken in conjunction with the Programme, offer outstanding opportunities for ambitious and hardworking students who will benefit from the individual support and choice we offer to help our students reach the highest grades.
How to apply
For further information or to apply for a place on Ashbourne’s Finance Programme please contact the college on 020 7937 3858 or email our Admissions team.