Honours Programme

The Kent College Honours Programme enables Sixth Form students to make the most of the myriad of opportunities in the Sixth Form, and is designed to enable them to demonstrate personal independence and drive, and allow them to further develop their interests and stand out from the crowd.

At its core, the Honours Programme requires all students to complete four elements; three or four A Levels and/or BTECs, an independent research project with a final presentation, work experience and community work.

Students can then choose to follow a single or double Honours in one or two of the following: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Research Study, STEAM and Sport.


The Ivy House Award is a life skills and leadership programme with cutting edge personal and professional development content, as well as performance coaching and mentorship. Bridging the gap between education and work, it equips students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to thrive, and develop the confidence to take ownership of their future. Students participate in the programme in the Lower Sixth, and upon completion they are able to join a network of Ivy House graduates to help them with their professional network as they proceed on their journey beyond Kent College.

Other activities within the Leadership Honours include Model United Nations, completing the Duke of Edinburgh Silver or Gold Award, and taking on Leadership roles within the school.


Working closely with the Business Department, students take part in the Young Enterprise Programme where they design, cost and implement a business initiative within the school. This experience is a wonderful starting point for the future, providing students with the the skills, competences and mindset to make the most of everyday challenges and opportunities.

Being enterprising is a skill that can be applied to all aspects of life to help identify and initiate opportunities as well as adapting responses to situations.

Research Study

The Extended Project Qualification is an independent piece of work where students receive instruction on research methods whilst completing a self-guided project. It demonstrates, to both universities and future employers, an independent work ethic and develops skills required for study at higher level. It also gives the same UCAS tariff as half an A Level.


An Honour in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) can include the CREST Gold Award in Science, a student-led in-depth project collaborating with an expert on the project’s theme. Students will select the topic and type of project they want to run and are encouraged to collaborate with a CREST mentor who will be an academic or person from industry with the required expertise. CREST Gold Awards are highly sought after and are a valuable way to enhance a student’s UCAS personal statement or CV.

Drama and Music exams such as LAMDA and ABRSM/Trinity as well as participation in drama and musical performances which includes techincal theatre, crew, set design and construction, making costumes and props count towards this Honour.


Students who represent the school in sport or who regularly take part in and help at training sessions are gaining important life skills in sportsmanship, team building and leadership.

This is recognised in the Sport Honour as are those students who are included in the Sports Scholars Programme.