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Triple A Programme

A rewarding High Achievers Programme

The ‘Triple A’ scheme here at Aquinas College is a study programme designed to support our most able students to achieve their academic ambitions and make aspirational choices, whilst also encouraging a greater degree of cultural awareness and increasing levels of social engagement/activism.

Applicants who will be invited to join the scheme will have excellent entry qualifications, usually with a G-Score of 8 or above (which equates to a grade 8 average across their GCSE subjects).

Our ‘Triple A’ scheme is primarily designed to help students to excel in their studies here at Aquinas. It will also prepare them for life after Aquinas, helping them progress to the UK’s most prestigious universities, and will give them the skills necessary to build a successful and rewarding career.

We will offer opportunities to those who meet the criteria for other ‘widening participation’ schemes such as the Cambridge HE+ program and Nuffield Research Placements.

All of these offer alternatives to the EPQ in terms of research-based projects which can help with university applications and career development.

We have built a programme that is as interesting and wide-ranging as it can possibly be, whilst at the same time encouraging students to aspire to the best universities and then the most rewarding careers available.

  • Provide sessions focused on academic study skills and on developing transferable critical skills.
  • Encourage students to take an Extended Project Qualification (or equivalent) to complement students’ qualifications.
  • Prepare students for university entrance and for any applications, interviews, or entry tests/exams that may be required.
  • Broaden students’ cultural and academic horizons so that they have a wider appreciation of all that life has to offer with trips and visits to a variety of academic and cultural destinations.
  • Run rich and varied sessions – some led by influential academics, others involving group discussion and project management.
  • We will also be encouraging a greater degree of cultural awareness and increased levels of social engagement/activism.
  • Offer volunteering and charity opportunities which will be supported by the college Chaplain and outside agencies.
  • We want to support activism and campaigning opportunities, working alongside Aquinas Citizens and the Aquinas Student Union.
  • Encourage students to undertake work experience, placements or internships, in conjunction with the Careers team and departmental teams.
  • We have an excellent set of activities and resources that have been curated for you to access during your time on the programme.

Successful textile students can pursue careers such as:-

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Interior Design
  • Textile Design
  • Surface Design
  • Styling
  • Shoe Design
  • Costume for Theatre & Film
  • Fashion Journalism
  • Fashion Retailing and Marketing
  • Fashion Management
  • Fashion Buying.

Our past students are now Fashion Designers, Textile Designers, Graphic Designers, Product Designers, and Interior Designers having gone on to universities such as Central Saint Martin’s to study Fashion, University of Huddersfield to study Textiles, Leeds University to study Textile Design and Interior Design. Some even now work for companies such as Abbercrombie and Fitch in America as Fashion Designers and Monsoon as trainee buyers!

Throughout the course there will be visits to museums, art galleries and universities. There is also an optional trip to Barcelona.

For more information about trips relating to this course including Barcelona please see the Trips and Travel page

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