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HE* Programme

Aiming High Handbook 2021

If you are aiming to excel in your upcoming GCSEs, then the HE* Programme may be for you.

Designed specifically for students achieving the top grades in their GCSEs and with aspirations to progress onto a top university, either in the UK or abroad, the HE* Programme will help you to realise these goals. Not only will the programme support you throughout your A-Level studies, but it will also give you access to some fantastic opportunities to stretch, challenge and develop your skills to make you really stand out from the crowd when applying to university.

What can you expect?

– Access to the prestigious HE+ Programme
– Tailored support for applications to Medicine, Vet Science, Dentistry, Law, Maths and more
– The opportunity to study an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
– HE* Tutor groups
– Bespoke Achievement Tutor Programme
– Opportunity to study AS Level courses (i.e. English Literature, Modern History, MFL, Dance, Further Maths, Physics)
– Access to the Futures Programme, including Future Teachers, Future Health and Future Engineers

What do you need?

At least five 7s at GCSE

Prestigious HE+ Programme

The HE+ Programme is a prestigious programme run in conjunction with Cambridge University. We are the only Cambridge University Hub for Lancashire, which means we are perfectly placed to not only help to prepare students when applying to Cambridge, but to any of the UK’s Russell Group universities. You will get advice, guidance and support in how to make the best possible application, preparation for interviews including mock interviews, and seminars run by admissions tutors from Cambridge University itself.

Cardinal Newman is one of Cambridge University’s fifteen HE+ Institutions, which aim to engage students in a sustained year-long programme, including academic extension classes, subject masterclasses, information and guidance sessions and visits to the University.

HE+ is designed to stretch and inspire the UK’s most academically-able students, encouraging and preparing them to make competitive applications to top universities.

Thinking of a Career in Medicine?

If you have a strong and realistic commitment to studying within the fields of Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science at university, then the Medical Society is an enrichment programme which can develop and support you on your way. Some of the benefits of joining this society include receiving guidance on writing a UCAS personal statement, information regarding the UKCAT/BMAT exams and preparation for possible questions at interviews.

Lancaster Access Programme

Lancaster Access Programme gives you the opportunity to take part in a range of activities, events and experiences including campus residential’s, workshops, study skills and masterclasses. You will have access to a dedicated online Lancaster University Moodle platform allowing you to sign up to events, access a range of dedicated resources and receive support from Lancaster University staff and current students.

Oxbridge Interviews

Oxbridge Interviews is an external agency of high achieving Oxbridge graduates who support HE* students at Newman. Oxbridge gives you the opportunity to attend skills based workshops, experience a mock university interview, with feedback given. Read more about this fantastic opportunity here.

View the Live Recording of our Aiming High – Early Applicants Talk with Assistant Principal Dan Taylor here.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The Extended Project Qualification or EPQ, is an additional qualification that can be studied alongside your BTEC or A Levels at Cardinal Newman, starting at the end of Year 12 and completed in Year 13.

Worth 70 UCAS points (which is equivalent to half of an A-Level), universities including Oxford and Cambridge encourage students to study the EPQ, as it is highly regarded and often features in a
student’s offer from university.

The EPQ provides you with the opportunity to choose the topic and type of project that you complete, meaning you can choose something that you are especially interested in or passionate about. You could choose to explore an aspect of a subject that you are studying further, choose something in which you have a personal interest or do a project about an issue that concerns you.

It is especially useful for students who are aspiring to progress into a career in a highly competitive field such as Medicine or Law, as it showcases your abilities for independent study and research and you could choose a topic that is relevant to that area of study.

It shows admissions staff at universities that you are self-motivated, imaginative and committed to study and has helped students to gain places at the UK’s most prestigious universities.

You will have the support and guidance of a member of College staff throughout the project, which gives you the opportunity to receive feedback along the way.

To find out more about studying an EPQ click here.

EPQ Student Experiences > >

Futures Programme

Future Teachers

For those aspiring to follow a career into teaching, we offer an enrichment opportunity for you in partnership with Edge Hill University (rated by Ofsted as Outstanding for Teacher Education) called The Tomorrow’s Teachers Programme. The aim is to give you a head start with your teaching career. Completion of the programme will result in a guaranteed interview for Edge Hill University’s Undergraduate Primary and Secondary ITT courses. Cardinal Newman is a leading provider of initial teacher training in Lancashire.

Future Engineers

The College has teamed up with the University of Central Lancashire for this enrichment programme, which is designed to give students the opportunity to explore and consider the different disciplines of engineering, from Electronic, Electrical, Fire Safety, Motorsports, Chemical and Civil.

Future Health

We offer an enrichment programme for those of you wishing to pursue a career in the Allied Health Professions. We have talks throughout the year from industry speakers, which aim to introduce you to the professional world of healthcare and give you career guidance about the wealth of career opportunities available in this field.


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Lark Hill Road, Preston, Lancashire. PR1 4HD