Honours Programme

The Honours programme, in partnership with Lancaster University, offers top achieving sixth formers a head start at university with expert mentoring, personal statement review and summer school places.

Honours students get a guaranteed conditional offer or interview at Lancaster University, apart from medical degrees which follow a different process that is supported by college.

It stretches, challenges and provides additional support for students who show a flair for a subject and want to extend their knowledge. It helps develop key skills needed for university such as independent learning, research and report writing.

Honours Programme subjects include: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Art, Business, English Literature, Law and History.

Students are identified by their school in Year 10 and nominated for a place, with meetings taking place in Year 10 and Year 11. To be accepted onto the Honours Programme, students need to achieve an average GCSE score of at least 7.0, which means mainly grades 7, 8 or 9 (legacy GCSEs at A or A* grades).

Katharine Wiggell, Schools Liaison, Outreach & Recruitment Officer at The Queen’s College, Oxford, said:

“The Honours Programme at Barrow Sixth Form is so important because it helps students to develop their confidence and to raise their aspirations when thinking about their futures. It should never be the case that a bright and capable student as all those who are a part of the Honours Programme are – feels like a certain university or higher education opportunity if off limits because of who they are, where they come from or what their past experiences have been. The teachers at Barrow Sixth Form don’t limit the expectations that are so often placed on pupils at other schools, and in turn, this encourages the students themselves to have more self-belief, aim high in their university choices, and to reach their academic potential.”

Hear from current and former Honours student as they share their learning experiences, offer advice to future students and talk about plans for their careers after sixth form. These Vlogs were specially created for the recent Honours programme event.

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