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 7 or above (grade 7s and 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

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

Click the link below to view an Introduction video to our High Achievers’ Programme

High Achievers

Watch our High Achievers’ video here:

High Achievers

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

SciSoc is a society for those students looking to study a Science related degree at Oxbridge or another prestigious university.
View the SciSoc video

If you are aspiring to have a career in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science, then take a look at our MDV Programme –
View the Med, Dent, Vet Programme video

High Achievers News

The offers are in for our Oxbridge hopefuls

Councillor Kate Groucutt delivers Aspire to Oxbridge talk

High Achievers prepare for uni interviews

Students prepare for Oxbridge interviews

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

“Coming to Carmel is the best decision I have ever made. My subject tutors have inspired me to branch out of my comfort zone and to apply to universities I would have previously only dreamed about! Through the High Achievers’ Programme there are countless enrichment opportunities which I have been able to take part in. These sessions help to develop the skills needed to successfully apply to the most prestigious universities, such as writing a personal statement, giving presentations and techniques to answer difficult interview questions. The staff at Carmel are so dedicated; they constantly offer extra support, encouragement and revision sessions.”

Jade Edwards, Chemistry at the University of York