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HE* Programme

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, 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
– Opportunity to study an Extended Project Qualification
– HE* Tutor groups
– A* support in all lessons
– Access to the Futures Programme, including Future Teachers, Future Health and Future Engineers

What does it all mean?

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.

As part of the HE* Programme, you can choose to study additional qualifications, including the Extended Project Qualification.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is a free-standing qualification, which is highly valued by universities and is worth 70 UCAS points: equivalent to half an A Level.

It provides you with the opportunity to work on an individual research paper, with one-to-one support from a member of College staff. As it allows you to explore an aspect of a subject you are studying, choose a topic in which you have a personal interest or do a project about an issue that concerns you.

Why take the Extended Project Qualification?

The EPQ can be particularly helpful to students wishing to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. It will set you apart from other candidates who may be applying for a place at a competitive university such as Oxford or Cambridge, or onto competitive courses, as it shows you are a student who is self-motivated, imaginative and committed to studying.

Thinking of a career in Medicine?

If you have a strong and realistic commitment to studying within the field of Medicine, also including 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.

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Preston Widening Access Programme (PWAP)

PWAP is another programme aimed at supporting qualifying students, who aspire to enter the medical profession, to attain a place on the Medical Undergraduate programme with the University of Manchester.

The programme comprises of a range of activities and study which will support students to enhance their application to university. Successful completion of the programme will result in a guaranteed interview with the University of Manchester for a place onto their Medicine degree.

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.

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.

A* Support

In addition to having access to all these excellent opportunities at Newman, you will also receive timetabled A* support lessons from our dedicated tutors in all your subjects and be timetabled into an A* programme tutor group. This will put you alongside like-minded students to help you achieve your fullest potential.

Arts Award

It is also possible to take the Arts Award, which is a chance for students to get involved in the arts in a more hands-on way. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the art world through research and volunteering/training projects, as well as producing original artwork and/or performance pieces.

This award is a Level 3 qualification which is worth 35 UCAS points and counts towards your university entry. Units that you would study as part of the Arts Award are:

– Unit 1: Creative Project, Research into Arts Opportunities, Careers in the Arts, Attending and Reviewing Events and Art Issues and Debating
– Unit 2: Planning and Delivering an Arts Event, Project Mangement and Evaluation.

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