Ashbourne College Blog

Music and Performing Arts Scholarships – Application is still open!

June 26, 2020

Ashbourne is still accepting auditions for our Music and Performing Arts scholarships! For a number of years, Ashbourne College has offered generous scholarships for students studying either Music or Drama and Theatre Studies as part of their A-Level programme. The scholarships offered range all the way up to a full discount on Ashbourne’s tuition fees and are a fabulous opportunity for budding musicians and dramatists that are looking to gain a place at one of London’s top sixth form colleges.

Virtual Open Week Summer 2020 – A level Subject Webinars

June 19, 2020

Since Ashbourne College moved all of its teaching to Online Distance Learning in March 2020, our Teachers and Admissions Staff have been working hard to provide some excellent content to help inform applicants about the fantastic support and life-changing experiences that Ashbourne can offer. What would normally have been an Open Evening became almost an Open Month, with 21 (and counting) different online webinars and events on our A-level subjects and Specialist Programmes across May and June.

Oxbridge Entry Programme Webinar

June 15, 2020

Every year, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge attract the best applicants from the UK and all over the world. The admissions at these universities are famously competitive with top entry requirements, challenging admissions tests and interview questions that go beyond A-level studies. The Ashbourne Oxbridge Entry Programme (AOP) is designed to give our students the best possible preparation to secure a place at Oxford or Cambridge University. The year-long Programme is run by Will Stockland, our Head of Faculty for Culture and Society, and Chris Masters, our Admissions Advisor.

Ashbourne English Literature Competition

April 30, 2020

Ashbourne is hosting a Literature Essay Competition open to anybody between the ages of 14 and 17. Entrants are asked to write an essay of no less than 1000 words including footnotes and appendices on the question below: “If human nature does alter, it will be because individuals manage to look at themselves in a new way.” E.M Forster Literature can have a powerful and formative impact on our personal perspectives. Tell us about a piece of prose, poetry or drama that changed your outlook or perspective. You must focus on one text only, however others can be referenced. You Continue Reading →

Ashbourne Drama Week, 2-5 March

February 13, 2020

Ashbourne’s performing arts students hit the stage at the LAMDA, Hammersmith, from 2nd to 5th March, to showcase their talents. Our GCSE and A level Drama students will be performing a selection of works during Ashbourne Drama Week that will be examined and go towards their final qualifications. Performances include two award-winning plays Ernest and the Pale Moon, a gothic horror by Oliver Lansley and The Nether, a sci-fi crime drama by Jennifer Haley, as well as two creative pieces devised by the students, Årsgång and Mummy Dearest and Dead.     The students perform at the London Academy of Continue Reading →

Drama scholarship award

November 12, 2019

Joy Adeogun is a scholarship student and Student President at Ashbourne studying A level English, Drama and Maths. She was awarded a full drama scholarship at the College. Here she gives tips on taking the auditions, talks about the scholarship programme and describes what it’s like studying at Ashbourne. How did you find out about Ashbourne’s scholarship programme? I was online searching for ‘Drama Scholarships A-Level’ and I believe Ashbourne was one of the first entries to come up and so I clicked on the website and began reading the process as well as some of the testimonials which sounded really positive and encouraging. Continue Reading →

The Revue 2019 Auditions

September 20, 2019

The Ashbourne Revue is one of the biggest events in our calendar. Students and staff from across the college come together to create and perform a very popular show, showcasing their skills and talents in art, fashion, music, dance and drama. This spectacular event, which takes place at Christmas, has been running for more than two decades. Today’s performances include acting, comedy, cultural display, drumming ensembles, fashion catwalks, football skills, graphic design, musical performance, modern dance, traditional dance and much more. The show usually pulls in a huge audience. The Revue is a real highlight of the college year and Continue Reading →

Clearing and Adjustment – Everything you need to know

September 2, 2019

More than 30,000 courses became available through Ucas clearing last Thursday (15/08/2019). One in eight university entrants arrived through Clearing last year – a total of 66,700 students. This number is expected to rise this year with top grades dropping to the lowest proportion in over a decade. With universities more anxious than ever to fill their places, students have found themselves in incredibly strong positions this year, with many institutions still considering and looking for students. Ucas has made it easier for prospective students to switch courses even if they have already confirmed their place – previously students had Continue Reading →