What is The Excellence Programme?
Do you want to study at one of the country’s best universities? We can help you get there.
An offer for university and a dream job in the future is not just a matter of good grades. This ever-competitive and complex world needs people with insight to understand challenges and creativity to deal with them. The Wilberforce Excellence Programme is a bespoke programme designed for students to excel. By being part of this programme you will be supported to progress into the world’s top universities and leading careers. Alternatively, if your aim is to attain a place on a higher level apprenticeship, we can support you with this too.
As an ‘Excellence Student’, you will take part in an exciting and challenging programme, designed to help you to fulfil your goals and succeed to the very best of your ability. This programme will assist you as you build on your achievements at GCSE towards attaining the highest results in your A Levels or BTEC qualifications. At the same time it will enable you to develop your profile, experience, interests and skills that are essential for those university, higher level apprenticeship and employment applications.
The Excellence students will have regular meetings with the Excellence Coordinator to monitor progress towards their goals. Most of the students take part in one of two programmes; Realising Opportunities and HE+ which provide ongoing additional, external support for their participants.
This year, the Realising Opportunities students attended conferences at York and Birmingham Universities and took part in interactive sessions and lectures from guest speakers and academics.
The HE+ students were offered places on the Cambridge Residential Visit, which takes place in March every year. For those interested in applying to Oxford or Cambridge, or indeed any of the elite universities, this is a fantastic opportunity to experience what life after college might be like.
Three of our Excellence students also gained places on this year’s online Sutton Trust summer school programme; two at the University of Glasgow to study Social Sciences and one at the University of Warwick to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).
On top of these schemes, Excellence students also have the opportunity to undertake an Extended Project Qualification, an independent research project worth half an A level. HE tutoring and support is also provided, for example mock interviews for medicine and veterinary science applicants.
Many of the Excellence students act as Wilberforce student mentors as well as holding active roles on the Student Union and within the Debating Society. These extra-curricular activities provide excellent experience, develop leadership qualities and communication skills, all of which strengthen university applications to competitive universities.
You may wish to be part of this programme if you:
- Achieved excellent GCSE grades and you wish to apply for entry to one of the country’s top universities.
- You are interested in medicine or veterinary science
- You have clearly defined career goals and would like support in achieving your dream job
- You are still unsure of your ultimate goals, but you know you want to succeed and need some inspiration.
Our Excellence Programme is led by Sonya Evans.
Who can apply?
Applications are welcome from any student. You will have a brief interview with the Excellence Coordinator in which you will discuss your interests and aspirations, both in terms of college and beyond. In addition, students should be committed to achieving their personal best and be willing to undertake a wide range of activities designed to help them perform at the highest levels.
For further information, contact Sonya Evans, EPQ and Excellence Coordinator.