Make your dream of studying at one of the UK’s top universities – including the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford –  your reality with the Honours Programme.

You bring the drive, commitment and passion for your subject and our teachers will bring the expertise to support you every step of the way.

Those academically gifted students who achieve six GCSEs at grade 7 are automatically included and receive a broad package of support throughout their time at The Sixth Form Bolton. 

What is the Honours Programme?

The Honours Programme is an additional pathway for students whose aspirations are to progress onto highly competitive courses at top universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge or 'Oxbridge' as they are styled, and those in the elite Russell Group of universities. As part of the programme, you’ll be expected to commit extra time every week to this intensive support pathway. 

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.

The goal is to offer guidance, personal statement support, interview practise and general scholarly improvement to help you achieve their full intellectual potential.

You’ll get involved in extra and super-curricular activities and experiences, such as visits to top universities and cultural destinations. The programme helps build your confidence, develop your skills and knowledge and improves your chances of achieving a place at a world-class university.

What can I expect?

The Honours Programme is a supplement to your academic provision, aimed to help equip you with skills in wider academic research, debating and critical thinking. 

As part of the Honours Programme, you will benefit from:

  • Tailored support for specific applications to Medical professions, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Law, Maths and applications to Russell Group Universities

  • The study of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

  • Honours tutorial and skills development programme

  • Access to the prestigious Cambridge University HE+ programme

  • Opportunity to join the Oxford University Humanities Pembroke North Project

  • Academies in Science and Law

  • Participation in prestigious University Access Programmes

  • Cultural trips and visits

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


Meet our students

Philippa Lloyd

Philippa Lloyd

A Level Economics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Honours Programme with EPQ

Previous school:
St Mary’s Catholic High School

“I chose to study at The Sixth Form because I liked the modern style of the building and I got a good feeling from the place. I am hoping to study Economics at the University of Cambridge so the

Saqib Patel

Saqib Patel

A Level Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Honours Programme with EPQ

Previous school:
Harper Green School

“I think my favourite memory so far has to be the Go Ape Trip we went on with the Honours Programme. I had an amazing time and it was a great opportunity to make new friends. I would 100% recommend

Salma Farah

Salma Farah

Now attending: The University of Oxford - Worcester College studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Previous school:
Bolton Islamic Girls’ School

“The Honours Programme has been paramount in helping me secure my place at the University of Oxford. The teachers are so helpful and extremely knowledgeable with regards to the application and

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