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The Academic Attainment Programme (AAP) is the College's flagship outreach programme, supporting 750 high-achieving UK state school students to realise their full potential through a 12-month programme of subject-specific support tailored to their stage in the curriculum. 

Students participate in regular subject-specific enrichment classes with the aim of strengthening students' skills and knowledge and raising attainment and confidence in their current studies. Monthly Peer Discussion Groups also offer students the opportunity to continuously develop their oracy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. A range of additional subject taster sessions, alongside the completion of a Project, allow students to explore their subject interests further and think more seriously about possible degree choices. Throughout, students receive advice from our Admissions Team on every stage of the university application process.

The AAP has a transformation impact on participants’ success in their current studies and applications to the most selective universities. Over the last two years, AAP applicants to the University of Cambridge have had an average offer rate of 38%, which is almost twice the standard University-wide average (21%). Furthermore, 95% of participants report feeling more confident in their A-Level studies and strengthened in their subject-specific knowledge.

Interested in taking part?

Applications for the AAP 2024-25 will open in August 2024.