Every year substantial numbers of our students progress on to top universities, including Russell Group and Oxford and Cambridge, to study traditional academic courses including Law and Medicine. At QMC we will help you to develop the skills and qualifications required to make you an attractive candidate to universities and employers.

We will provide you with many opportunities to develop the confidence and maturity to interview well, and to make the most of the university place and/or job role you achieve. When you apply to university you will have the security of knowing that you will have support and advice every step of the way. You will also have the reassurance that your application is backed by Queen Mary’s College, one of the most respected sixth form colleges in England.

While at College many of our high achievers play for national sports teams, win prestigious prizes and awards, are members of highly respected orchestras, or dance and act in national productions. We also have music, drama, dance and sports students who have been accepted to the most renowned specialist institutions in the UK and abroad.

Regardless of your area of talent, QMC is here to help you progress and develop; you will find the facilities, level of support and the opportunities available at the College outstanding and we look forward to working with you to help you reach your full potential.

If you are likely to achieve seven or more GCSEs at grade 7 or above, including English and Maths, you should be looking to study a maximum of four Linear A Levels. However, the majority of students opt to study three and enhance their programme of study with elements that enrich their studies and maximise their chances of entry to the top universities, securing the best apprenticeships or being a successful job applicant.

Additional study options for high achievers include:

  • Extension activities in a favourite subject 
  • The Extended Project Qualification
  • Specialist preparation for Oxbridge. See here for further information on our fantastic Oxbridge Support Programme
  • Entry for national student awards 
  • Reading, debating, discussion groups and specialist speakers
  • Free online university courses such as ‘MOOCs’
  • Work experience
  • Specialist support for students talented in sport, art and the performing arts
  • The annual QMC Conference, exploring a topical cross-curricular theme, with guest speakers and via breakout group discussions.



A series of support sessions run to prepare students for university admissions tests. Relevant for anyone applying to university degree programmes which use BMAT, LNAT or TSA admissions tests. This includes some medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, law, economics, psychology, and PPE courses, amongst others.


For those thinking of applying to study Mathematics, Computer Science or Engineering/Physics at a top university, the Year 12 class focuses on the Maths Aptitude Test (MAT). This exam takes place in the Autumn term of the second year at College for applicants to Oxford, Imperial and Durham. The Year 13 class continues this work until the test date in October. We then turn our attention to the Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) for entry to Cambridge, Warwick and Bath. Applicants will sit this in the Summer after their A levels. This course will develop your maths skills to a higher level, exposing you to more challenging problems, and will naturally improve your performance in A Level Mathematics.