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Medic Programme 

This includes meetings every other week to prepare for the most competitive courses. We host guest speakers such as Oxbridge admissions officers and JCoSS alumni who are currently studying at Oxbridge. Medics are coached by a one of our JCoSS alumnus currently studying Medicine. A tutoring company provides a workshop on admissions tests. Each applicant is given a mentor, and there are opportunities for feedback on their personal statement and interview practice.

Year 12&13
Horizon Programme applications

A programme designed by Oxford University to enable students from under-represented backgrounds to make competitive applications to Oxford. Miss Taylor provides support and a reference for applicants. 

Year 12
Scholars’ Programme team for all years

A platform for discovering a wide range of resources, events and competitions for all subjects. Any student can be added to this team by asking Miss Taylor.

All Years
Gonville and Caius College Cambridge Introduction to Oxbridge day 

This is open to high-achieving year 10 students attending Barnet state secondary schools and takes place at The Totteridge Academy. This encourages young people to consider what they need to do now to support them making applications to competitive universities, and in particular Oxford and Cambridge, in the future.

Students learn about selective universities and what they are looking for; engage in critical thinking activities; reflect on their interests and how to explore them further; consider the importance of choosing the right A level combinations; address some of the myths around selective universities; and have the opportunity to talk to a current Cambridge university student.

Year 10
Massolit website subscription

Provides students access to university lecturers discuss A-level curriculums for Politics, English Language and Literature and Classics. There are a range of courses and students can watch videos that relate to their wider reading. This fosters independent learning and is hugely beneficial for students revising. 

Year 12 and 13
Introduction to Philosophy Course 

Provided online free of charge by the Philosophy Foundation. This is a great way for your child to practice debating and critical thinking skills.  The lecturers are excellent at outlining philosophical thought experiments and facilitating students of all ages to engage with them. If you would like to find out more about the Philosophy Foundation, here is their website: 

Year 7 and 12