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    Aim Higher for Higher Education

    Aim Higher for Higher Education

    Aim High is a programme intended for those targeting the most demanding courses.

    Oxford and Cambridge Universities, medical and veterinary courses, and some courses in architecture and the creative arts, all ask to interview their applicants, and this is only the last stage in a process that requires developing an outstanding UCAS application - a process which needs to begin well before Year 13. If this applies to you there are many ways to get involved in the Aim High programme.

    Alcester Grammar School runs a bespoke series of events and activities for students in Year 10 and upwards to inform them of what they need to do to put themselves in the best possible position to make an application to these courses, as well as help them prepare themselves intellectually. There are also a number of events at which parents can inform themselves of these requirements. These will:

    • make students in Years 10, 11 and 12 aware of the nature, availability and requirements of HE courses offered by Oxbridge, Russell Group, Medical and Vet Schools,

    • develop focus and high performance at GCSE,  AS and A Level,

    • explain criteria in choosing AS levels to maximise HE opportunities

    Click here for a prezi that details what is available for both internal and external students from year 10 to 13.

    Notable events and opportunities include:

    • Targeted, subject/attainment specific opportunities via school email.

    • Trips to Oxford and other leading universities from year 11 upward.

    • Mock interview provision and test preparation support for year 13.

    • Personal statement support for years 12 and 13.

    • Work experience and referencing assistance.

    • Aim High seminars for years 12 and 13 running fortnightly covering topics such as debating, critical thinking and the application process. For details of the 'Aim High' after school programme, please click here.

    Thinking Skills AS level. Alcester Grammar School Sixth Form offers an additional AS in thinking skills to the highest achieving year 11 students which runs from year 11 to year 12. This course teaches critical thinking, problem solving and gives students an edge in highly competitive application processes. This course is open to both internal and external students. Places are limited so this is by application only. Find out more at the Sixth Form Open Evening in October.

    Academic Societies. As of 2018 Alcester Grammar School offers both a medical society (MedSoc) and a law society (LawSoc). These organisations are run by students for the benefit of their members to help them achieve places on medical/veterinary/dental courses and law courses respectively. The medical society has already visited an anatomy and surgery training event at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire as well as being visited by Warwick Medical School admissions staff. The LawSoc has started a library of law texts and has begun planning for entering debating competitions.

    Click here for a presentation which gives you the key information about what kinds of courses Aim High can prepare you for, and what you need to do if you’re interested in applying for them.

    For more information please contact Mr Gill: c.gill@alcestergs.com