More Able Students Programme

In recent years the College has welcomed more and more very able students from our partner schools. Our More Able Students’ Programme is aimed at those who achieve a number of A or A* grades at GCSE and is committed to giving learners the opportunity to develop the skills and academic profile to progress on to courses at prestigious and high-ranking universities. With intense competition for places at leading institutions, we are dedicated to providing exceptional teaching and learning and a wide range of opportunities for our students to become outstanding leaders, pioneers and innovators.

More able students are supported and monitored in their academic work and provided with mentoring and one-to-one opportunities. Students are also offered specialist support with their applications to leading universities and/or for highly competitive subjects such as Law, Medicine, other health care specialisms and the fields of engineering and science. We also encourage students to consider the expanding range of new, high level opportunities such as: degree apprenticeships, professional higher apprenticeship programmes, high quality gap year industrial placements etc. The College also supports students in finding a relevant, and often crucial, work experience or volunteering placement.

Our careers advice and guidance team will encourage high-achieving students to engage with a range of exciting potential opportunities including: specialist conferences, subject seminars and academic initiatives supported by the best universities in the UK and USA, Oxbridge coaching and competitive work insights and Year-in-Industry experiences.

A great number of opportunities are at your fingertips including a range of high-level skill development programmes such as ‘Model United Nations’, ‘Modern Business, Language and Culture Courses’ and ‘House of Lords Engineering Debates’ to name a few. Successful people are busy people and at Portsmouth College, we provide all the tools you need to achieve and succeed your aspirations.

Academic Support

At Portsmouth College, we are committed to challenging our students and providing them with the opportunity to achieve high grades across all of their subjects. More able students are supported and monitored in their academic work and offered one-to-one guidance from teachers, the chance to be mentored in your first year by high-achieving second year students, mentoring from university students via our Portsmouth Scholars Scheme and regular drop-ins with our pastoral team.

A Targeted Careers And Progression Programme

If students can secure high grades in their subjects they will open up a huge range of exciting and demanding post-college opportunities. Students are offered specialist support in their applications to leading universities and/or for highly competitive subjects such as Law, Medicine, other health care specialisms and the fields of engineering and science. We also encourage students to consider the expanding range of new, high level opportunities such as: degree apprenticeships, professional higher apprenticeship programmes, high quality gap year industrial placements etc. The College also supports students in finding a relevant, and often crucial, work experience or volunteering placement.

Our careers advice and guidance team will encourage high-achieving students to engage with a range of exciting potential opportunities such as:

  • Specialist conferences and visits to top universities
  • Subject seminars and academic initiatives supported by the best universities in the UK and USA
  • Sutton Trust and Uniq Summer Schools
  • Oxbridge coaching
  • Competitive work insights and Year-in-Industry experiences
  • Nationwide ‘Pure Potential’ UK university events - for students aiming for A/B grades

Additional Opportunities Available

  • Model United Nations Conference – a chance to take part in a prestigious event in Birmingham centred on the workings of the United Nations
  • Modern Business Language and Culture Courses - Learn Chinese, Hinglish or Japanese - 12 week introductory language and culture courses giving you insights into travelling and working in the fast growing Chinese, Indian or Japanese economies
  • Extended Project Qualification - a chance to self-study in depth a topic or subject of particular interest to you. Show universities and employers your self-motivation and academic potential
  • House of Lords Engineering debates - an opportunity to visit the House of Lords and witness first-hand a debate between leading engineers in the country
  • HE+ and Access to Southampton – engage in university-led programmes offering real-time reductions in entry requirements
  • Exchange visit with Georgia - take part in an exchange programme offering you the opportunity to spend a week in Georgia experiencing student-life in a very different culture
  • Work experience placements – our bespoke E6 team can arrange work-experience placements for you to fit into your weekly timetable
  • Career sessions – all students on the more-able programme receive one-to-one career sessions in their first year to facilitate greater research and preparation for the next step
  • MP question-time events – grill and quiz your local MP’s in an opportunity enabling greater political participation
  • Peer mentoring – mentor first year students in your second year. There is no better way to learn than to teach someone else!

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