Honours Programme

The Sixth Form Honours Programme is a bespoke programme designed for the most able students who are aspiring to attend the very best universities. Prestigious universities now expect future academics to possess a repertoire of core skills that are vital for 21st Century professional success. The Honours Programme will help you to develop these skills as well as stretch and challenge you to ensure that you really stand out from the crowd when applying to university. Added to this, our tailored Honours tutorial programme will provide you with support through your A Levels, alongside cultivating your competency in critical thinking and leadership.

You can find out more about our Honours Programme here: 

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  • Tailored support for specific applications to medical progressions, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Law, Mathematics and applications to Russell Group Universities
  • Access to the prestigious Cambridge University HE+ programme
  • Opportunity to join the Oxford University Humanities Pembroke North Project
  • The study of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
  • Honours tutorial and skills development programme
  • Academies in Science and Law
  • Participation in prestigious university access programmes


At least six GCSEs at grade 7.


The HE+ Programme is a prestigious programme run in conjunction with the University of Cambridge. You will receive advice, guidance and support on how to make the best possible application. Preparation for interviews are also given, including mock interviews and seminars run by admissions tutors from the University of Cambridge.

Being a part of this programme will give you access to extension classes in a chosen subject area.

You will be stretched and challenged academically, and your confidence will grow as a result of this. A year long programme concludes with a visit to the University of Cambridge.

You will stay in one of Cambridge’s famous colleges, hear experts in their field discussing key subject themes and receive further advice and guidance from students who already attend the University of Cambridge. 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.


If you are studying subjects such as history, geography, politics, economics and religious studies and you are aspiring to attend Oxford University then the above project may be for you. The Humanities Pembroke North Project is a challenging and competitive programme which is run by Oxford University scholars. You will be schooled in academic seminars and will be expected to prepare for these through the detailed reading of key texts. You will then write essays on chosen themes.


The Extended Project provides the opportunity to work on an individual research paper with expert support from an experienced member of The Sixth Form’s teaching staff. It allows you to explore an aspect of a subject you are studying or choose a topic in which you have an issue that concerns you.

While completing this project you will increase your academic toolkit and develop these research skills which are so highly valued by universities.

The EPQ can be particularly helpful to students wishing to pursue a career in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science. It will demonstrate you are a student who is motivated, organised, imaginative and driven. The EPQ carries 70 additional UCAS points and is highly valued by universities.


Honours Programme tutorials are designed specifically for our gifted and talented students. They will increase your cultural understanding as well as offering you opportunities to think in different ways. Through our sessions on Politics, Philosophy and Economics you will learn to think critically about current affairs. You will also progress your personal characteristics, from social etiquette and engaging with employers to presentation skills and effective communications. You will become more resilient and resourceful by developing your emotional intelligence and develop key strategies for problem solving and independent self-developments.


As an Honours student you will also keep an enrichment diary which acts as a record of achievement and logs the extra-curricular activities that you engage in. You will reflect on how you are developing as a person through taking part in the fantastic Sixth Form’s enrichment programme. You will also take part in internships and work experience placements so the diary will help you to process, evaluate and promote what you are achieving outside of the classroom.


All Honours Programme students are invited to take part in university led schemes such as the Manchester Access Programme, Access to Leeds and Access to Newcastle. The aim of these programmes is to support entry to the above universities through the completion of a portfolio of work demonstrating specific knowledge and skills. Participation in Access Programmes can result in more favourable offers from university.

For further information, contact Simon Christian at The Sixth Form Bolton. 
Telephone 01204 846215