Supporting high achieving students

Barton Peveril students perform significantly better at degree level than the national average for students from sixth form college, independent and state school backgrounds. Our Aspire programme is designed to provide opportunities for students to explore beyond their curriculum choices and engage with higher level work. It also addresses the specific needs of talented young athletes, dancers, musicians and others who perform and compete at national and international levels.

As an Aspire student you will have access to a wide variety of lectures and events covering a broad spectrum of academic subjects and topics linked to higher level study skills and university applications. You will also have the opportunity to tailor your experience of Aspire to align with your career aspirations, whether that is taking part in debating or working with a mentor.

Getting the right balance

Talented sixth form students often have heavy demands on their time at either end of the college day and at weekends. We recognise this and offer specialist advice on programmes of study that will enable you to achieve your best academic outcome while accommodating ongoing training, rehearsal or other recognised commitments.

Maximising potential

Exceptional performance at GCSE is a good indicator of outstanding success in your A Levels, which is why we encourage our most able students to aim high after college, whether that is pursuing a degree programme at Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities or applying for competitive degree apprenticeships.

As well as demystifying the selection process through workshops and lectures, we actively encourage you to broaden your programme through the Extended Project and take advantage of subject extension activities and enrichment opportunities within individual departments.

Entry requirement

To qualify for the Aspire Programme, students must achieve an average GCSE score of 7.5 across their top eight GCSEs (including Mathematics and English Literature or Language). You do not need to apply for the programme, if you are eligible based on your predicted grades you will be flagged up as a potential Aspire student on your application. Entry is then finalised at Enrolment, which takes place after GCSE Results Day.



“The fantastic careers team and my teachers have helped me to get an offer from Oxford.”

Read more about Tom and some of our other students.

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