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Kairos Programme

Qualification: TRC Kairos Award

Level: Y12 course.

Overview / Summary

The Kairos programme will allow you to deepen and enrich your academic and intellectual capacities.  The programme provides opportunities to reflect upon and enhance those skills and attributes which will enable you to become more confident in articulating and presenting your views (and challenging the views of others) and to help you to develop your leadership skills. As part of the Kairos programme, you will be given comprehensive information about applying to Russell Group universities (including Oxbridge) and benefit from bespoke support in making a competitive application to one of these world-class institutions. Some students will also be eligible for further support via Cambridge University’s HE+ programme. The course will be taught via 1.5 hours (1 lesson) per week.

What will I study?

Kairos sessions on building confidence, public speaking, study skills, and super-curricular activities will be of particular benefit in making a strong application to leading universities.

  • You will also be introduced to your designated High achiever’s coordinator who will be on hand to provide you with support.
  • Extra and super curricular activities – what is the difference, and how can they help?​
  • Reading, research and referencing skills to support your other studies
  • Links to universities, guest speakers and invitations to HA events

Some sessions will focus on how to write an effective UCAS personal statement for top universities, as well as providing support with interview technique and guidance on pre-interview assessments.

Study Visits

There will be an opportunity to visit both Oxford and Cambridge Universities for open days, attending a variety of colleges, as well as university faculty areas.


The primary cost of these visits will be for travel (likely to be by bus/coach).


Engagement in and attendance of the course. 

*This is an internally developed programme bespoke to Thomas Rotherham College. Although this is not yet a nationally credited course, on completion students will receive a certificate to bolster applications to universities as well as the valuable skills that they will have developed whilst on the course.

Entry Criteria

Average GCSE attainment score of >7.5 taken as an average across a minimum of 5 subjects. Must include English and Maths.

Useful Supporting Courses



Attending one of these universities opens up a range of career possibilities; the communication, academic, and teamwork skills which the Kairos programme develops will also be invaluable in a wide variety of careers.