The Aims of the High Achievers’ Programme

At Carmel we are keen that all of our students reach their full potential. Our High Achievers’ Programme is designed to ensure that our most able learners are given the encouragement and assistance they need to achieve success.

Delivered by the High Achievers’ Co-ordinators, who are specialists in their areas, the Programme offers activities, events, and support throughout your time at Carmel. These activities provide you with the best possible preparation for applying to Oxbridge and other prestigious institutions, as well as for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and other highly competitive degree courses.

What is a ‘high achieving’ student?

  • Students who are academically able and have achieved a GCSE average of 6.9 or above (mostly grade 7s 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

The High Achievers’ Programme

Students following the High Achievers’ Programme will receive support through:

  • Talks, workshops and events
  • Visits to Oxford & Cambridge universities
  • Help with university applications
  • A monthly newsletter
  • Admission test preparation and mock interviews
  • Careers / UCAS advice and presentations
  • The chance to experience university life on the Cambridge University Shadowing Scheme
  • Enrichment activities and societies to develop skills and support applications to prestigious institutions
  • The opportunity to study for the Extended Project Qualification

Career Specific Programmes

The High Achievers’ Programme includes activities and support to develop the skills needed for your next step. Preparing for your future is an important part of your time at Carmel and the Programme offers you specific career related activities that may be relevant to your particular career aspirations.

We offer activities to prepare you for the following careers:

Creative Arts


Mathematical Sciences

Medicine, Dentistry & Veterinary Science

Science and Engineering

Enrichment Opportunities

There are also numerous opportunities for students to sign up for enrichment activities and societies within college which support students in their applications to prestigious institutions. Here are but a few…

  • MedSoc (for those wishing to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science)
  • Debating & Reading groups
  • UK Maths & Team Challenge, Liverpool Maths Society ‘Pop Quiz’
  • National Bar Mock Trials
  • Engineering Robots and SciSoc (for those wishing to study Engineering or the Sciences)
  • European Youth Parliament

High Achievers News

High Achiever’s Trip to St Peter’s College

Oxford Professor delivers Maths Workshop

Interview preparation for our High Achievers

Cambridge talk for High Achievers

Fulbright Commission USA College Day

St Peter’s College Schools Ambassador Project

High Achievers experience life as an Oxford student

Andrew tells us about life at Oxford Uni

Oxford Open Day Visit

Russell Group Offers for MDV High Flyers

Talented Physicists top the charts

Our brightest mathematicians defend their winning title with another great victory

Oxbridge Success

Oxford Biology Project

Senior Maths Challenge Winners

Former student returns as Dr Keele Good

Stem students take part in Nuffield placement

More information

For more information contact Nicola Walker, Head of High Achievers at

Follow our Twitter account @CarmelAchievers

View Russell Group Informed Choices for guidance about choosing your A Levels so you make the best choices for your future career.

Russell Group Universities

University of Cambridge website

University of Oxford website

High Achievers Leaflet

What Our Students Say

The High Achievers' Programme provides a constant stream of opportunties to get involved in, like the Cambridge Law Conference, where I went to lectures and basically lived as a law student for several days. This was an amazing experience that I'd definitely recommend! I've also really enjoyed doing my EPQ (mini dissertation) to research a law case. With the interview evenings here and the amazing support from my Law tutor with my Personal Statement I felt much more prepared for my uni interviews. After Carmel I'm going to study Law at Oxford and then I hope to become a Barrister.

Rowena Machin, Law at Brasenose College, Oxford