Engineering Programme (AEP)

Ashbourne’s specialist programmes offer support to students applying for particularly competitive and demanding university courses. They are effective ways of ensuring that such students are well-informed, well-organised and wellprepared. In addition to taking the relevant A levels, the students attend seminars and carry out projects that develop appropriate skills and enrich their personal statements. They are also prepared for subject-specific admissions tests and (where applicable) interviews.

This programme builds on many years of success in placing students in top Engineering departments. It prepares the students to make the best possible UCAS applications through a series of seminars and talks, group projects and field visits.

Students will be taught to understand the different streams of engineering and how they relate to each other. The course also covers the changing role of the engineer in contemporary society. The programme is overseen by Course Leader, Sean Pillai, who is an enthusiastic and dynamic Engineering graduate from Warwick University and a Deputy Head of Sixth Form.

Medical School Programme (AMSP)

The oldest of these programmes, the Medical School Programme, has been helping prospective doctors, dentists and all students interested in medical-related courses for more than 30 years. Students are given support with their personal statements and interviews, as well as preparation for the BMAT and UCAT tests required by various medical schools. A successful medical application involves a wide range of extra-curricular activity, and our programme guides students towards relevant work experience. Finally, they are given essential insights and information through the seminars and talks from medical professionals and past students.

This course is led by Amy Youngman, a graduate in Neuroscience from King’s College London, who is also a Deputy Head of Sixth Form and Head of Faculty

Finance Programme (AFP)

Our Finance Programme gives students experience of applying the theories studied in A-level Economics to real-life situations. Students are set an investment challenge which gives them invaluable analytical experience, as well as the opportunity to develop communication skills by pitching their investment to a panel of teachers. Another group project involves analysis of the Budget: we throw a party to watch the Budget and then debate it the following week.

We take advantage of London’s status as a financial hub and make field trips to Canary Wharf and the City, visiting the home of leading financial institutions. The two-year programme culminates with comprehensive UCAS support, including a personal statement clinic. Throughout this period the students have the assistance of a blog enlivened with podcasts, articles and updates about the financial world.

The programme is led by Harry Poole, who is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Oxbridge Programme

This programme provides students with a clear structure for making a strong application to Oxford or Cambridge Universities, giving them monthly tasks that help them to mak ecorrect decisions and prepare themselves appropriately. Applicants to Oxford and Cambridge must be heading for outstanding A level results but there are many other ways in which they must show their suitability for these prestigious and demanding universities.

Our programme covers all aspects of the Oxbridge application process, supporting students so that they can make sensible degree choices and engage in appropriate super-curricular activities before the formal application process begins. Participants will usually complete a 5000-word Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which helps to demonstrate their intellectual curiosity and ambition. They must also write a distinctive and pertinent personal statement. As well as supporting students in these tasks, the programme prepares them for the pre-interview assessment tests and interviews.

The advice and support that Ashbourne offers its students has led to excellent results, with the University of Cambridge being one of our most popular university destinations in recent years. The programme is led by Will Stockland and Christopher Masters, who both studied at the University of Oxford.

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