- Do you have at least 6 A*-B/9-6 GCSEs with excellent grades in English, Maths or Science?
- Are you committed to extra-curricular activities?
- Do you want to attend Russell Group, Oxford or Cambridge Universities?
Our High Achievers’ Academy is designed to help stretch academically talented students to achieve great results and enhance their full potential. Assistant Principal Ben Stokes comments: “Andover College continues to go from strength to strength, supported unstintingly by our fantastic teaching and college team. Every year we see our students through their A Levels and are so proud of all they achieve. We are confident we offer something very different to any other college around with our holistic approach setting us apart – you really can do anything at Andover College.”
What is a High Achiever?
High achievers are students who have gained excellent grades in the core subjects (English, Maths and Science). If you are likely to achieve six or more GCSEs at A*-B/9-6 grades, including Maths and English, then you will be considered for inclusion in the High Achievers Academy.
The High Achievers Academy has specially tailored activities and opportunities designed to enhance personal development and enable academic students to reach their true potential. Whether studying A Levels or BTEC courses, this programme provides the opportunity to interact and socialise with talented students from other disciplines.
We will also introduce you to the idea of Oxford and Cambridge universities through conferences and visits, as well as prepare you for writing personal statements, volunteering, fundraising and help explore work experience opportunities.
In your second year, following January exams, it’s time to start thinking about what you might like to do after college. You may be looking at university, work or apprenticeships – or you may have no idea what you want to do! Your tutor will explore with you a number of opportunities, including introducing the idea of Oxford and Cambridge as a university choice through conferences and visits from university representatives. The group will prepare for writing personal statements for university or job applications, and research how volunteering and work experience can make you a stronger candidate.
In your second year, the focus shifts to preparation and planning for leaving college and entering university or the workplace. For those applying to university the first term is based around the completion of UCAS applications. Personal statements are drafted, edited and attached to your UCAS application online. This is a very important process as the personal statement is the basis for your application to study at university, considered alongside academic references from your lecturers at College. The universities will then make an offer reflecting the grades (or numbers of points) that the university course requires.
For students not applying to university – perhaps to take a gap year, take additional qualifications at College, or go into an apprenticeship – there will be opportunities to discuss volunteering, preparing for interviews and writing a covering statement for job applications. The second term continues preparing for university and job interviews. We work through applications for student finance and discuss budgeting: a must for any student or first time worker! Using real life situations, sessions develop skills to support you in your financial future.
Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
The highly valued EPQ allows each student to embark on a largely self-motivated project. The EPQ is equivalent to half an A Level, which attracts UCAS points and can be taken alongside your main programme. We actively encourage our most able students to consider the EPQ. Projects can be from a wide range of subjects, previous topics include:
- Investigating antibiotic alternatives to combat resistant strains of bacteria
- the legality of nuclear weapons
- Korean culture
Some of the activities include:
- Oxbridge Preparation including one-to-one support, practice interviews and application advice.
- UCAS Conferences
- Interview practice
- Outreach in local schools
- College debates
- Student Ambassador
- Student Governor
- Peer mentoring