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 up to four hours per week of targeted specialised activity. In some cases additional qualifications can 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.

Tomorrow’s Scientists

Students will be required to study A Levels in at least one science subject.

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

Students are not required to be studying any particular A Levels, but a keen interest in a legal career is essential. Students must enjoy reading, writing, performing, and debating. A willingness to work as part of a team is important.

Activities include:

  • Mooting – This is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have whilst at university to appearing in court. Students will practice this, and take part in a Bar Mock Trial
  • Participate in legal debates
  • Targeted preparation for the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) exam
  • Receive assistance in securing work experience with local law firms
  • Receive information regarding insight events such as those with Atlantic Chambers
  • Meet legal professionals including Lay Magistrates
  • Have the opportunity to visit court

Tomorrow’s Teachers

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

Activities include:

  • Developing your knowledge of different key stages and understanding the relevance of specialisms
  • Developing presentation and classroom management skills alongside knowledge of the latest technological skills
  • Learning 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

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

New for 2019: Student Leadership Team

Students are required to be studying an A Level Programme or a Level 3 Extended Diploma and have a keen interest in developing leadership and management skills. Students must enjoy working in partnership with their peers and staff towards shared goals and projects which impact positively on the college community.

Activities include:

  • The opportunity to take part in the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award
  • Representing the college at key internal and external events and leading focus groups as a Student Ambassador
  • Trips to global industry partners and prestigious universities
  • Learning about a range of leadership and influencing styles from industry experts
  • Work experience opportunities working alongside business leaders and managers
  • The opportunity to organise and manage fundraising projects and events