High Achievers

The guidance I have had from the High Achievers programme has been really fantastic both leading up to my application and during the process. As well as my university application, the scheme also helped me with a bursary application.

Ludlow College is proud of its reputation for academic excellence. Whatever your ability you will be valued as an individual and offered a range of activities to enable you to reach your full potential.

We want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to excel and develop as individuals. The High Achievers programme is intended for those students who have achieved excellent GCSE results (A* and A grades). This is a well established programme that will give these students the best chance of gaining a place at the most highly ranked universities and on the most competitive courses such as Medicine, Architecture, Veterinary Science or Law.

Ludlow is proud of its long association with Balliol College, part of Oxford University.

Experienced expert staff will assist you with building on your outstanding GCSE results to the highest academic results at A Level. They will also assist you with developing your profile, experience, interests and understanding for university applications.

The programme includes:

  • Visit to Oxford University
  • Support in preparing your university application
  • Practice interviews
  • Extra tuition to ensure that you have the best possible chance of getting into one of the top universities
  • Support with gaining work experience placements and MEDSIM and VETSIM opportunities, as well as various pre-university summer school and scholarship options

Those students who take part in the High Achievers Programme are encouraged to undertake the AS Level Extended Project Qualification, which offers an excellent opportunity to further develop researching and independent learning skills.


Case Study 

Name: Rory Burford

“I studied A Levels in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and I am starting Pembroke College, Cambridge University in 2013.

I definitely enjoyed my time at Ludlow College. I’ve had some great teachers who are extremely committed, particularly with offering revision sessions. They are very flexible and have really effective teaching styles.

The guidance I have had from the High Achievers programme has been really fantastic both leading up to my application and during the process. As well as my university application, the scheme also helped me with a bursary application.

For other students who are thinking about applying for very competitive courses I would recommend that they consider studying the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in addition to their A2 choices. It was extremely helpful in my application and I talked about it a great deal during my interview. Due to the EPQ being a selfdirected project you can explore a subject you are really interested in. My project was titled ‘How can a better knowledge of neurodegenerative disease at a molecular level be used to suggest new treatments for Huntington’s Disease?’. I chose neurodegenerative diseases so I could include my interest in epigenetics. The subject links well to the Natural Sciences subject I will be studying at Cambridge so it was really relevant to my application.

I’d also add: don’t be afraid to ask for advice, the support structure is in place to help you. Overall I have had a very enjoyable time at college. Ludlow College has a community feel and an all-round good atmosphere. Everyone is always happy to help.”