Specialist University Programmes

Ashbourne’s prepares students applying for highly competitive courses in Medicine, Engineering, Finance and entrance to Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Successful university applications

Ashbourne’s specialist university programmes equip students to make successful applications for highly competitive courses and universities. The programmes typical involve weekly workshops that broaden students’ understanding of the field and opportunities within, one-to-one guidance and support to prepare them for additional entrance examinations and admission requirements, interview practice and academic support to ensure they are making the required progress to achieve the highest grades.

What the programmes offer

  • A thorough understanding of career prospects and opportunities.
  • A forum to discuss and debate current issues, developments and theories within the field.
  • Opportunities to talk with current practitioners and Ashbourne alumni in the field.
  • Specific entrance exam preparation.
  • Interview practice.
  • UCAS support and guidance on all aspects of the application process from finding the right course and meeting all the requirements to writing a relevant and compelling personal statement and accepting an offer.
  • Assistance in securing voluntary work experience placements.
  • EPQ guidance and support, where applicable.
  • Supplementary academic support, where required.

A level choice and flexibility

Ashbourne’s A level courses, taken in conjunction with the specialist university programmes, 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. Our students consistently achieve outstanding results, 54% A*A (2022-2023), and students’ performance improvement is excellent, placing the college in the top 5% of UK schools and colleges for value added. Currently, almost 60% of our graduates go on to study at Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Beyond the classroom

Ashbourne College complements its academic excellence with an exciting programme of events, activities, trips and clubs to suit many tastes and which offer our students fantastic opportunities to discover new ideas, share their creativity, develop skills, have fun and make great friends along the way.

Highlights include the well-loved European trip, Ashbourne Revue and Creative Arts Event. Other popular activities include the West End theatre trips, art exhibitions, Ashbourne Allstars Football Team and staff-versus-students go-karting.

We also run events and activities to help support our students’ academically throughout the year with subject clinics and careers events, and entry into internal and national competitions.

Fantastic place to learn

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 discuss how we can help develop your individual learning programme and prepare for the coming academic year at Ashbourne. Email, [email protected], call +44 (0) 20 7937 3858 or complete the enquiry form below.

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