What is the Prestigious Universities Programme?
The Prestigious Universities Programme provides support, advice and training to prepare students for entry to Oxford, Cambridge and other prestigious universities.
Students identified for the programme will benefit from opportunities to develop personally, professionally and academically by:
- Working above and beyond the A Level syllabus
- Developing cultural capital
- Being introduced to academic debating techniques
- Taking part in activities designed to develop their personal confidence
Prestigious Universities belonging to the Russell Group include:
- Cardiff University
- Durham University
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London
- Lancaster University
- London School of Economics & Political Science
- Newcastle University
- Queen Mary, University of London
- Queen’s University Belfast
- University College London
- University of Birmingham
- University of Bristol
- University of Cambridge
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Exeter
- University of Glasgow
- University of Leeds
- University of Liverpool
- University of Manchester
- University of Nottingham
- University of Oxford
- University of Sheffield
- University of Southampton
- University of Warwick
- University of York
Sutton Trust USA
A level students Maegan Pratt and Rahim Raja have enjoyed a double celebration after both students were accepted onto the prestigious Sutton Trust US Programme which saw them travel to America over the summer to spend a week at one of the country’s top universities.
The highly competitive programme is aimed at high achieving students and this year Rahim and Maegan beat over 1000 applicants when they were selected to take part in the international residential in July. The students not only had the opportunity to experience campus life at an American university but will also receive support throughout the whole university application process for American universities.
How Does the Programme Work?
High achieving students are identified early in their first year to ensure they receive ongoing advice, guidance, support and development throughout their studies at Cronton. As high achievers, students are assigned to a specialised gifted and talented tutor group in which they will benefit from one-to-one tutoring with a specialist teacher who has extensive experience of mentoring exceptional students. This enables us to provide tailored preparation for entrance examinations for Oxford, Cambridge and other elite institutions.
Students are encouraged to participate in activities which complement their academic studies and develop their presentation skills. These include Bar Mock Trials, Debating Society and Science and Medical Society. Parents are informed throughout of their son / daughter’s progress and to ensure that they can fully support them in their preparation for applications to prestigious universities.
Cronton Sixth Form College has formed partnerships with universities and educational organisations, both nationally and internationally.
The aim of these partnerships is to give our students the very best chance of gaining places at Britain’s elite universities. Additionally, we aim to make sure that every student chooses the right university and the right degree, and has access to the maximum amount of financial support to which they are entitled. Here are just a few examples of some of the Prestigious University Programme schemes and activities in which students have taken part over the last two years:
- University of Oxford, Pembroke North Programme
- University of Cambridge Shadowing Scheme
- University of Liverpool Scholarship Programme
- Nuffield Research Placements
- Bar Mock Trial, national debating competition
- The Sutton Trust UK and USA study programmes
- Lancaster Mentor Scheme
- University of Oxford UNIQ Summer School
- Prestigious work experience in law firms, including Eversheds LLP and CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
- University of Cambridge Music Programme
- Royal Society Geography Summer School
- The European Youth Parliament
Finally, we also encourage all our Gifted and Talented students to study an independent research project, the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which increasing numbers of the Russell Group acknowledge will strengthen students’ applications for the degrees they offer.
“The aim of the Prestigious Universities Programme is to ensure that the college’s most talented students meet their academic potential. Competition for places at Britain’s elite universities has never been tougher; through the Prestigious Universities Programme we seek to maximise the chances that our students will be offered places at Oxford, Cambridge and other high achieving universities known as the Russell Group.”
“To do this students are placed in gifted and talented tutor groups and receive training on how to apply to elite institutions from visiting Oxbridge lecturers as well as admissions staff and professors from other top universities. Students are encouraged to join academic programmes such as the Pembroke North Internship and the Extended Project Qualification.”
“These schemes are designed both to familiarise students with the demands of academic study at the highest level to increase their chances of being accepted at the outstanding university of their choice. At its heart, the Prestigious Universities Programme seeks to recognise individual talent and provide an environment in which they can flourish. Students who take part in this programme leave Cronton Sixth Form to join their peers at the best universities in the country.”
– Dr. Luke MacMahon, Head of Prestigious Universities Programme at Cronton