Seven reasons to make Holy Cross your first choice

1. A college to be HAPPY in

Do you want to go for the very best, to aim high, and to study with others who are also aiming high? Do you want a college with a happy and positive atmosphere, which is really friendly and safe? Do you want an exciting new stage in your life, with more freedom and responsibility?

Whatever you are looking for, the most important thing is to find a college that is right for you, where you will be happy. Small enough for you to be known as an individual. Big enough, and experienced enough, for you to have an excellent range of choices, excellent teaching, support and guidance.

2. A college of EXCELLENCE

All colleges have their success stories, individuals or particular years that have been very successful. A great college is one that has consistently sent large numbers of students into Medicine, Oxford and Cambridge, the Russell Group of Universities, the Arts, Sport, and also helped thousands of students to fulfil their potential.

Individual colleges sometimes publish their own league tables with themselves at the top. Do a bit of digging before you believe those! It is easy for colleges to choose one thing they’re very good at, ignore things they’re not so good at, and make their own league table. Get a wider, fuller, more national view. We belong to the Maple Group of high achieving colleges (www.maplegroup.org) because we have been recognised by the Government league tables - and the national press - over many years for the academic success of our students. Our excellent discipline, teaching and huge percentage of fellow students with the very highest grades, will encourage you in turn to aim high, and ensure you are surrounded by purposeful, motivated students. If you value academic excellence – and particularly Excellence in Teaching & Learning - and if you are a person who would thrive in a studious, purposeful atmosphere – Holy Cross could be the right place for you. We have a University Centre here, too, with over 500 students – mostly taking Honours degrees, studied in their entirety here on our campus. Some of our Sixth Form College staff teach on these degrees giving you access to some very high-level academics.

3. A college of CREATIVITY

The reputation of Holy Cross in Drama is second to none. Whether it is academic Theatre, Dance or musical theatre that interests you, you will be taught by some of the most gifted drama teachers around, delivering professional standard pieces of theatre that see audiences returning year after year. In Music, too, our expertise is exceptional. If you are musical, you will appreciate what a department must be like that sustains an orchestra, chamber choir (with Choral Scholarships), wider choir, jazz ensemble, other ensembles, an annual musical, a regular choir tour to Paris and Chartres and in 2016 a music tour to Germany and has recently staged Hansel & Gretel. We believe we have one of the largest and best college Art Departments in the country, with cutting edge, extensive facilities, and some of the most creative and brilliant staff you are ever likely to meet. You will get the chance to share ideas with a wide range of students, in a highly successful department with nationally outstanding results.

4. A college of EXPERT GUIDANCE

Our university and careers department was one of the first in Greater Manchester to win the Gold Award for Inspiring IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance). In applying to UCAS, writing personal statements, mock interviews, building up an excellent work experience portfolio, we tailor advice to the individual. We have a specialist and highly successful Medics and Vets Group, and a large number of students in our Excellence Programme which focuses on entry to Russell Group and other competitive universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. The list of recent Oxford and Cambridge success is impressively long. 42 students in the last 6 years and a huge range of success in many subjects. At Holy Cross you will find the vast majority of students are aiming high and are hugely committed. So if you are the sort of person that benefits from being among other seriously motivated and high achieving students, then this is the place to come.

So if you are the sort of person that benefits from being among other seriously motivated and high achieving students, then this is the place to come. The list of recent Oxford and Cambridge success is impressively long. 31 students in the last 4 years with 7 more having just received offers for next year.

5. A college of SUPPORT & CARE

Holy Cross has invested hugely in appointing some of our very best teachers and experts in guidance as Senior Tutors to deliver outstanding pastoral care. Each student has the benefit of one-to-one support and guidance, as well as invaluable Skills Development sessions. Our Senior Tutors act as personal progress tutors and as a pastoral support for you as an individual. There is expert one-to-one guidance with them and all your academic staff on a regular basis to maximise your success. We also run a ‘Progression’ year - for students of potential, who for various reasons just fall short of our Level 3 entry requirements. After an initial catch-up year, students can progress to Advanced Level courses. So, if things don’t work out initially, still get in touch with us at admissions@holycross.ac.uk

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6. A college of SPORT & ENRICHMENT

Holy Cross greatly values Sport and its sportsmen and sportswomen. We offer a huge number of opportunities to take part in team sport. Last year, thirty two different teams were entered into regional and national competitions and more students were involved in competitive sport than any other college in the North West of England. Talented students are encouraged and supported in various ways. Our Sports Scholarships have been extremely useful to many students to help with training expenses. Each year, we hold a marvellous Sports Presentation Dinner. Sport is recognised and honoured here, as a huge part of what we are. There is also a wide menu of other Enrichment activities and trips. In subjects, in our summer Enrichment week and at other times, to broaden your experience and interests, and promote responsibility, leadership and fun.

7. A college of TRADITION & INNOVATION

Holy Cross has history. Founded in the 1870s by the Daughters of the Cross of Liège, we have retained many interesting buildings from our earlier days. The beauty of brick, stone, stained glass, marble and elaborate carving is - perhaps surprisingly - a genuine reason some students now come to us. The beauty of our new chapel (where we hope, in due course, graduates of Holy Cross will be able to get married) is particularly admired. Finally, and perhaps most important of all, is the tradition we have inherited from our founders The Daughters of the Cross of Liege. As a Catholic College for the Community, we treasure the caring ethos that they taught us so well. The respect we have for all faiths and philosophies means that this is a great place to develop your ideas and beliefs. It is a place of understanding and dialogue, where you can be assured of a warm welcome whatever your background or tradition.

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