Stretch and Challenge

Aquinas now offers a tailor-made additional course to the approximately 10% of students with arrive at college with exceptional GCSE results. Its purpose is to develop critical thinking skills beyond the confines of A Level subjects, with a view to enhancing university applications in the autumn term of the upper sixth, and preparing students for the transition to study at higher education.

  • Course Outline
    • The key assessed outcomes for S&C students are an Extended Project, ideally completed in the lower sixth.

      The lower sixth course takes an interdisciplinary approach and covers a wide variety of topics related to culture, history, science and society. Students form their own judgements on a wide variety of questions, ranging from ‘Should farmers grow GM crops?’ to ‘Why was Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ so revolutionary? and ‘What should we do about climate change?’.

      The teaching approach prioritises consideration of evidence, debate, team-based research and presentations and helps students frame their own questions for an Extended Project.

      The Upper Sixth Programme focuses on major intellectual paradigm shifts in both the sciences and arts. Students consider the work of thinkers such as Darwin, Wollstonecraft, Einstein and Adam Smith, and form judgements on their significance for contemporary science and culture.

  • Trips and events
    • Stretch and Challange students also enjoy a programme of lectures by external speakers, museum visits and cultural events. Over the last year students have attended a major international conference, Earth Optimism featuring lectures from David Attenborough and Jane Goodall.

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Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2018 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.