The Extend Programme is for students who are aiming to get into a highly competitive university and typically where the application process includes some form of admissions process. The programme challenges students to think ambitiously about where they see themselves progressing onto after Sixth Form studies.

Please note, to be considered for The Extend Programme you will need to achieve a GCSE results profile of grades 7/8/9. This will be discussed at your college interview.

Find out more about The Extend Programme

Download the Extend Guide

View the Extend Evening Presentation

A student perspective on The Extend Programme


Oxford and Cambridge applications are managed through UCAS but are typically more demanding than other universities. Both place emphasis on a strong personal statement and will include an aptitude admissions test alongside a formal interview. The emphasis is not on what has been studied as part of A level instead the students are expected to show how they respond to unfamiliar problems and to demonstrate what they have studied outside the formal curriculum. There is also an accelerated UCAS application process requiring completion earlier than other universities.

Russell Group Universities

This is a group of 24 universities (including Oxford and Cambridge) who have a strong research background, are highly regarded globally and offer courses that attract a large number of applications. 

Other competitive institutions

In addition to the Russell Group universities there are other competitive HE institutions that specialise, for example St Martin’s School of Art (within which is the London College of Fashion), Bournemouth University which has an international reputation for marketing and PR courses, UEA with a strong background in creative writing. Students are also increasingly looking to institutions outside the UK including European universities and US Colleges.

To enable our students to be fully prepared the Extend Programme is designed to support students with their applications. Students are placed with a dedicated Extend tutor. The tutors will have a broad specialism in an academic area e.g. Maths, Humanities in order to facilitate the development of subject related discussion.

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Year 1

  • Support with identifying areas of interest and research into HE courses. One to one sessions with Extend tutors ensures that each student is individually supported
  • Development of individual thinking skills through taking part in tutorial based activities including presentations, discussions and debates
  • Visits to universities and admissions conferences
  • External speakers and presentations and support from year two students
  • Support with applications to Summer School programmes including the UNIQ Oxford Summer Schools, the Sutton Trust summer workshops and the Norfolk Summer school programme run by the Norwich school
  • Support with applications for undergraduate shadowing and work experience opportunities
  • Preparation with their UCAS personal statements.

Year 2

  • An evaluation of the student's first year performance and their HE aspirations
  • Support with the accelerated application process associated with Oxbridge
  • Specific preparation for Oxbridge including online tests and interview preparation
  • One to one support with the UCAS application process
  • Mentoring year one students to support their HE aspirations
  • Development of subject related discussion and critical debate.

If you have any queries or would like further information please contact the Admissions Team:

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