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An academic route for the ambitious at Queen Ethelburga’s College (QE)

QE College is known globally for its academic success and consistently high-ranking league table positions, placing 2nd nationally for A Level Results in the Sunday Times Parent Power 2023, and retaining its 1st Place position for Academic Performance in the North for a third year in a row.

One of two senior schools for Years 10-13 at QE, the College offers an academic pathway tailored towards aspirational careers and competitive next steps where students get hands-on experience in their passions, compete nationally in competitions, undergo research projects, and become independent learners who can communicate their ideas with confidence. 

Undertaking QE’s academic pathway supports students to develop key skills and knowledge within specific fields of interest. Students choose from an extensive range of academic pursuits within the Stretch and Challenge programme including psychology, law, debate, medicine and veterinary, linguistics, esports, journalism, young leaders, economics, tycoon in schools and the student investor challenge.

Academic pathway students receive an assigned UCAS Mentor along with access to a team of expert career advisors who assist them with university applications, interview preparation and technique, entrance exams, finding work experience, writing personal statements and choosing the right course. Those applying for competitive university places receive a high level of extra support within our Early Applicant Programme and can attend guest speaker lectures on topics such as applying to and studying at Oxbridge.

We recognise that the university market can be highly competitive and so encourage students to set themselves apart from their peers by participating in our extra-curricular offering of over 100 activities. In addition to creative and performing arts, recreational and competitive sport, and enriching activities such as our Combined Cadet Force, academic pathway students can enter national award schemes and external qualifications, take on student leadership roles, or represent the Collegiate in fixtures or performances which demand a high level of skill and commitment. We find QE College students perform brilliantly and in 2022-23 alone, our students achieved 225 awards and commendations across a variety of fields. In addition, 94 students underwent external qualifications in areas such as lifeguarding and mental health, a further 88 contributed to the school community through Ambassador roles, 29 completed DofE awards and 12 assisted our motorsport team achieve 4th place in our first ever championship.

Many students opt to undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which allows them to research a theme, write up a project and present on a topic of interest to them whilst simultaneously supporting them in preparing material for their personal statements and academic interviews. In 2022-23, one student had his economics research paper on impulse buying published by Atlantic Press.

QE welcomes students in Years 10-13.

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