At Ossett we believe in an inclusive education for all of our students, we believe that all of our students should aim high and we strive to ensure that all achieve success. The OSC Scholars Programme is pathway of bespoke enrichment, support and guidance aimed at students with a high academic profile based on their success at GCSE. The OSC Scholars provision at Ossett aims to help our students prepare for entry to the most competitive and highly regarded universities in Britain ensuring our brightest students achieve their true potential.
BECOMING A SCHOLAR
Do you aspire to great success having typically achieved a considerable number of A* and A’s in your GCSE? Do you aspire to apply to Oxford, Cambridge or a Russell Group university? Or perhaps to follow a career in Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry, Law, Engineering, Architecture or The Arts? Yes? – then you will definitely want to be part of the OSC Scholars programme.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
A chance to be awarded an *OSC Scholarship for academic excellence at GCSE.
An opportunity to be nominated/selected for the **Linacre Institute, a charitable fund which supports academically able students in their pursuit of prestigious places at Oxbridge and other World ranking top British Universities. Places on this programme are highly sought after and each year approximately 4 students will be successfully chosen from the college to be part of the Linacre Institute cohort. This will involve support and mentoring from professionals that have attended Oxbridge.
An opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification – highly regarded to be a valuable addition to 3 strong A Level grades.
An individual program of advice, guidance and bespoke preparation for application to very competitive institutes of Higher Education including Oxford, Cambridge, Russell Group and highly regarded schools of medicine, veterinary, dentistry and Law.
Additional student enrichment programmes aimed at supporting students in their pre-entrance exams in areas such as medicine, law and teaching.
Stretch and challenge through high quality teaching and learning ensuring students are given every opportunity to produce outstanding achievements.
Enrichment through visits and conferences aimed at widening our students’ horizons and enriching their application to university.
Project Profectus – A Support and guidance coaching programme where all OSC Scholars are supported during their 2 years of study by a selected member of the Senior Leadership Team.
THE OSC SCHOLARSHIP FUND
We aim to support all students who are nominated to be an OSC Scholars and through inclusion on this pathway you may qualify for an OSC Scholarship. This is scholarship package carries a monetary contribution towards your studies during your time at Ossett Sixth Form College. It also carries with it a prestigious title, which will help enhance your Personal Statement when applying to the University of your Choice.
THE LINACRE INSTITUTE
This is a project, which we believe has life-changing potential for our most able Sixth Form students. The Linacre Institute aims to help talented students at northern comprehensives fulfil their full potential by bridging the gap between northern comprehensive schools and our most competitive universities.
The institute’s trustees include some of the country’s leading figures in education, academia, government and media and its sister scheme in London has already helped more than 60% of its students win Oxbridge places, against an average of 20%.
The programme offers residential master classes, intensive academic support and provision of horizon-widening experiences and is built round weeklong residential schools in Westminster and Cambridge, led by exceptional teachers and academics. Students will be taught knowledge and subject skills which take them beyond the curriculum and prepare them to take their part in the world’s intellectual conversation. In the afternoons and evenings the programme offers a rich range of inspirational experiences, including workshops led by leading professionals in inspirational places, such as Parliament, Oxbridge colleges and national newspapers. This is then followed up by intensive mentoring throughout the university applications process.
The summer school was a deeply enriching experience. It gave me a real idea of what is like to study English at Cambridge. It also showed me how rewarding it is to be taught by inspiring academics and socialise with people who, just like me, like to learn and be intellectually challenged.
– Candidate for English at Cambridge
ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
We hope that the support on offer through our OSC scholars programme will enable all our students to realise their true potential. We aim to foster curiosity and broaden horizons. In addition we also aim to support our students during their time at university and offer a limited number of student bursary packages, which are awarded, to students selected from our full Year 13 leavers cohort each year. This token monetary contribution towards their studies is presented during a ‘Bursary Brunch’ event attended by our award winners and their families.