Raising Aspirations

At Middlesbrough College Sixth Form we are keen that all of our students reach their full potential. Our Raising Aspirations Programme is designed to ensure that our most able learners are given the encouragement and assistance they need to achieve success.

Our specialist coaches and teachers offers activities, events and support throughout your time at MC6. Students must make informed decisions about the subjects they wish to study, understand the competitive selection process, submit a highly polished application and produce an outstanding interview. These activities provide students with the best possible preparation and we have high success rates in obtaining offers from a wide range of universities covering a multitude of courses.

Students following the Raising Aspirations Programme will receive support through:

  • A dedicated RAP tutor
  • Talks, workshops and events
  • Visits to Russell Group universities-eg. Durham, Newcastle, Oxford and Cambridge
  • Help with university applications
  • Admission test preparation and mock interviews
  • Careers / UCAS advice and presentations
  • The opportunity to take part in activities that will enhance your application such Maths Challenge, Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad, Biology Olympiad, MediLink, Natiaonal Business and Accounting Competition, STEM events and enrichment activities
  • Enrichment activities and societies to develop skills and support applications to prestigious institutions
  • Additional support sessions to prepare for admission tests for competitive courses such as The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and The Law National Aptitude Test (LNAT).
  • The opportunity to study for the Extended Project Qualification

The programme is aimed at students who generally meet the following:

  • Students who are academically able and have achieved a GCSE average of 6.9 or above (mostly grade 7s or above at GCSE or equivalent)
  • Students who wish to study at Oxford or Cambridge or at a Russell group university, or who want to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine degrees
  • It is possible to gain entry onto the High Achievers’ Programme by performing well in the internal college exams