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What is the STEM Grammar Stream?

In partnership with Marlborough College, we have developed a bespoke programme to enable our high achieving students, who are passionate about STEM subjects, to meet their potential.  This programme provides specialist guidance and enrichment opportunities to support progression to elite universities and supports students to develop the skills to become the next generation of leaders within science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Who is STEM Grammar Stream For?

The programme is aimed at the highest GCSE performers, who have the potential to succeed at a high level in their A Levels and are passionate about a career in STEM.  Students would be expected to take two or more of the following subjects:

  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Pure Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science

Why Choose our STEM Grammar Stream?

The most prestigious universities in the UK have extremely demanding entry requirements that often go above and beyond simply needing exceptional grades, and therefore this programme aims to develop you as an individual and ensure your application stands out above the rest.

  • Specialised STEM Career Pathways – each with a unique range of supra-curricular activities to support progression in that area.
  • A dedicated tutor group led by a specialist STEM tutor with 2 specialist tutorials a week.
  • £100-200 Bursary Scholarship to support your academic progress.
  • Specialised support for students who wish to become medics or apply to Oxbridge.
  • Personalised support and guidance on making applications to the top universities and writing personal statements.
  • Preparation for admissions tests such as BMAT and UKCAT.
  • Practice interviews for Medicine and Oxbridge applicants.
  • Appropriate work experience and volunteering opportunities to support your career aspirations.
  • Visits to Russell Group and Oxbridge universities.
  • Extensive opportunities to broaden your subject knowledge including conferences, workshops and external speakers.
  • Support with applying for summer schools in a range of subjects.

Supra-Curricular Programme at United College Sixth Form

At United College Sixth Form we want to maintain a purposeful environment to nurture academic passion and self-discovery. Performing well in subject exams and building extensive classroom knowledge is essential; fostering a sense of academic passion and aspiration towards university subjects and possible future careers is not something done instead of classroom studying, but very much operates in parallel.

Working in partnership with Marlborough College, United College provides students a unique supra-curricular programme to ensures that every student develops personal experiences above and beyond the conventional syllabus.

It offers the best possible preparation for those applying to Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group and other prestigious institutions, as well as a highly competitive degree courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

Evidence shows the great importance that employers place on ‘character, attitude and behaviour’ in assessing the future potential of candidates. Similarly, university admissions tutors are looking not for what a student has already achieved, but what they are capable of achieving in the future.

This is particularly true of the elite universities like Oxbridge and the Russell Group Universities which receive many only A*/A applicants, and so need to look for additional qualities in selecting the strongest candidates with the greatest potential.


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