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Academic Pathway

This pathway is designed to support our most able students in making a competitive application to a prestigious university. The programme offers the best possible preparation for those students applying to Oxford or Cambridge and the Prestigious Russell Group of Universities. Working with a dedicated tutor and external consultants in small groups or through one-to-one tutoring student are encouraged, supported, and challenged to achieve their goals.

Route options

Traditional A Level Route
Compulsory Subjects

The Russell Group Website, https://www.informedchoices.ac.uk/degrees indicates which subjects you should study to provide you with a competitive advantage when applying to a Russell Group University. Oxford and Cambridge usually require three Advanced Level subjects. 

Optional Subjects

Choose two or more academic advanced level subjects. 

Enrichment opportunities

Individual one to one career advice

Talks from leading academics 

University visits including a three-day residential taking in Oxford and Cambridge

Academic super-curricular reading groups

Support from external consultants and SJR staff

University application guidance

Information on summer schools and Masterclasses

Preparation for university admissions tests

Access to Cambridge HE+ and OxNET Events

The Extended Project Qualification 

The SJR elective programme

Attendance at regional UCAS Conferences

Progression Opportunities

University of Cambridge – BA Law (A*AA)

University of Oxford    MBiomedSci Biomedical Sciences (A*AA) 

University of Durham  – BSc Mathematics (A*A*A)

University of Edinburgh – MA History (AAA)

University of York  – BSc Psychology  (AAA)

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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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