MAT & Extended Project Qualification


We are committed to ensuring our high achieving students maximise their potential and go on to study at top universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

Last year 92% of our students continued in education or employment and 26% went to either Russell Group or The Times Top League Table Universities, including Oxbridge. 21% of our alumni graduate with a First Class Degree*. 

Our MAT Programme includes:

  • Extended Project Qualification
  • Curriculum Support
  • Applying to Competitive Courses (ACC)
  • Extra Curricular Enrichment 

Extension Qualifications

Extension qualifications enhance your UCAS application. They range from additional qualifications such as Maths or taking part in national competitions. Other opportunities include the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or our specialist Jazz and Rock & Pop courses.

What is the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)?

It’s your opportunity to research a topic that interests you in order to develop and extend your current learning. Universities place great value on the EPQ as it prepares you well for degree study and runs for one year (starts in February).  It can also help prepare you for employment. You will select a topic and plan, research and carry out your project under the guidance of a dedicated supervisor.  The final project can take many forms from a 5000 word report or an artefact such as a film or even a performance.

Find out how studying for the Extended Project Qualification has helped students toward their future goals

Curriculum Support

Your teachers will work with you to stretch and challenge you in your studies and encourage you to aspire to exceed your target grades.

Applying to Competitive Courses (ACC) programme

This 20 week course prepares you for the challenges of university admissions exams, exploring work experience benefits and helping you deliver an enhanced application to ensure you have a competitive advantage. This also includes Q&A sessions with current Oxbridge students who studied at Alton College.

Extra Curricular Enrichment

As a high achieving student, you'll be encouraged to take part in activities, often across all subject areas, which are designed to stretch and challenge you. This could include taking part in competitions such as Bar Mock Trial, Cambridge University's Chemistry and Physics Challenge and the British Maths Olympiad.