Professional Studies Programme

At Cronton Sixth Form we are committed to ensuring that all students realise their academic potential. We also recognise that our students set their ambitions high and must be equipped to compete within the most prestigious professions.

Progression to prestigious universities is becoming increasingly competitive and entry into the top professions demand that students can demonstrate high level employability skills. To ensure that our students can realise their dreams we have a unique programme of study which will equip them to compete with the very best and prepare them to be true professionals.

These individually designed programmes have been developed by specialists in their professional fields with extensive experience of supporting students in their career development.

Students completing a professional studies pathway will be stretched and challenged academically to ensure that they achieve the very best results whilst developing essential professional skills which will set them apart at university and in future employment.

How does it work?

The professional studies programme is delivered in addition to your A Level subjects and will form part of your timetable, providing over four hours per week of targeted specialised activity. In some cases additional qualifications will be achieved, and some of this time will be spent on work placements or entering national competitions.

You do not need to put the professional studies programme on your initial application form, but if you would like to be part of one of the programmes you will need to discuss this at your admissions interview. The admissions tutors will work with you to make the right A Level subject choices to access university degrees in these professional areas and make sure that the professional studies programme is right for you.

Our professional studies programme focuses on the following highly competitive career pathways:

  • Tomorrow’s Doctors
  • Tomorrow’s Lawyers
  • Tomorrow’s Teachers
  • Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • New for 2017 – Tomorrow’s Engineers

Tomorrow’s Doctors

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This programme is designed to offer students support to maximise their academic knowledge, prepare for university entrance exams and undertake experiences that will allow their applications to the most comprehensive medical degrees stand out.

Students will be required to study A Levels in Biology and Chemistry. Activities include:

  • Tutoring and preparation for the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). The university entrance exams for Medicine with specialised guidance and support in preparing university applications and interview coaching
  • Prestigious work experience placements
  • Take part in prestigious national programmes such as the Nuffield Research Placements
  • Accreditation of the Silver Crest Awards in microbiology undertaking medical research
  • Guest lectures and master classes from leading medical professionals
  • Take part in a medical related research project and prestigious showcase to present your findings
  • Take part in problem based learning scenarios and bioethical discussions on leading medical fields
  • Tomorrow’s Lawyers

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    The programme offers students the opportunity to develop the skills universities are looking for in this highly competitive industry, whilst preparing them for the university entrance exam, the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT).

    Students need to be studying A Levels in English Literature or English Combined,
    preferably with History. Activities include:

  • Compete in the national Bar Mock Trials
  • Undertake LAMDA accredited public speaking qualifications
  • Targeted preparation for the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) exam (university entrance exam)
  • Undertake work experience with prestigious placements within the top 100 law firms and undertake trips and visits to legal institutions including the European Courts of Justice and Houses of Parliament.
  • Participate in debates with leading industry figures from the legal services sector
  • Tomorrow’s Teachers

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    This programme is for students who feel passionate about developing a career in teaching (at primary, secondary or higher level) and want to gain the understanding, skills and experience needed to become an outstanding teacher.

    Students will need to be studying at least two national curriculum subjects at A Level.
    Activities include:

  • Opportunities to achieve initial teacher training qualifications, building an academic profile suited to the key stage you are interested in pursuing
  • Develop presentation and classroom management skills alongside the latest technological skills with a nationally recognised and published, outstanding Teacher Education team
  • Understand and learn about the world of education including Ofsted, policy standards and processes
  • As part of the Innovation and Enterprise Alliance with partner schools, access to work experience and professional development across all key stages of the curriculum
  • Participate in the Tomorrow’s Teachers national scheme
  • Tomorrow’s Leaders

    The Tomorrow’s Leaders programme is aimed at students who aspire to become successful leaders of industry in what is an increasingly complex and challenging world. The programme will support students, providing them with the confidence and breadth of skills required to be dynamic, creative & visionary leaders of tomorrow.

    Students will be studying a minimum of one of the following A Level subjects; Accounting, Business, Economics, Government and Politics or History. Activities include:

  • Learning about the range of leadership and influencing styles
  • Take part in prestigious work experience placements and make links with local entrepreneurs
  • Specialist guidance and support in preparing university and employment applications and interviews
  • Undertake LAMDA accredited public speaking qualifications and complete your extended project qualification
  • Understand and learn about the globalised world and likely future economic and political developments
  • Take part in a Dragon’s Den style competition
  • Join the debating society
  • Tomorrow’s Engineers

    Students will study a combination of two A Levels and a vocational qualification in Engineering.

    Course includes:

  • Studying two A Levels in Maths and Science (Physics/Chemistry)
  • Access to the new IDEA Centre and the industry standard facilities including learning about engineering robotic skills
  • Taking part in a national team engineering challenge
  • Trips and visits to high profile engineering companies
  • Opportunity to apply for the ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ competition and mentoring programme (20 places available nationally)
  • Gain a STEM leader award
  • Career Development

    These individually designed programmes have been developed by specialists in their professional fields with extensive experience of supporting students in their career development.

    Students completing a professional studies pathway will be stretched and challenged academically to ensure that they achieve the very best results whilst developing essential professional skills which will set them apart at university and in future employment.