At Runshaw, we want all our students to reach their full potential.

This means developing their passion for particular subjects, achieving A* grades at A Level, then gaining a place at a prestigious university, on a graduate apprenticeship or in a competitive career. Find out how we can help you get ahead by browsing our academies and societies, or download our brochures below.

  • Enhancement & the Prestigious Universities Programme

    We currently have over 50 ex-Runshaw students studying at Oxford and Cambridge universities. The Oxbridge selection process is unique, so special assistance is provided using the expertise which Runshaw staff have built up through their relationships with colleagues at these universities.

    Practical help with applications, personal statements, aptitude tests and interviews is also given. Runshaw is the only state sector school or college to have produced TWO presidents of the Cambridge Students’ Union: Pav Akhtar and Laura Walsh. Both have visited the college to give guidance and information to prospective Oxbridge applicants.

    They are a real inspiration and show just what can be achieved by Runshaw A-Level students.

    Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

    Students with a passion to study a particular topic in great detail can apply to take the Extended Project Qualification alongside their A-Level studies. This is equivalent to an A Level qualification and involves researching a topic of interest, preparing a report and presenting findings to a small audience. Each participant is assigned a mentor to guide them through the process of title development, research and write-up.


    Each year, a group of our students form a team to enter the ‘Debating Matters’ competition. This is a national competition for sixth form students designed to promote a study of current contentious issues and promote clear arguments and debate.

    Work Experience

    We have a dedicated Work Placement Unit, which offers opportunities for work experience for all students, taking into account their course commitments. (For A Level students, this is usually in the week after their end of term in July.) We also support students who find their own work experience placements in their free time.

    Prestigious Universities Programme

    The PUP includes guest lectures on the requirements of prestigious universities, talks from visiting academics, contact with former Runshaw students who have been successful at prestigious universities, and the chance to make a residential visit to Oxford or Cambridge.

    The programme is designed to demystify the application process and to clarify what prestigious universities are looking for. Above all, it provides huge encouragement to students who are considering making an application to one of these universities.