Alongside a student’s academic studies, in the second year they have an opportunity to choose a new Extension Studies course in the form of a Progression Pathway.

These courses are designed to complement students core academic courses, whilst also supporting their progression after Esher. They will do so by helping to develop knowledge and skills that are crucial to success at A level or BTEC, as well as enhancing their applications to university, apprenticeships or employment. There are a range of Pathways to choose from that include qualifications, specialised career or performance development, as well as study skills support. Options currently available to students in each of these areas are summarised below.


These Pathways enable students to gain an AS or other nationally recognised qualification in an area that complements and enhances one of the subjects on their core programme or, develops valuable skills that support personal development. The most popular of these courses currently is the AS Extended Project Qualification.

  • AS Extended Project Qualification
  • AS Further Maths
  • AS Core Maths
  • L2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills
  • L2 Award in Listening Skills
  • Community Sports Leadership Award
  • Higher Sports Leadership Award
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

Specialised Career Development

These specialised career development pathways are designed for students who have a focussed idea about their progression post Esher, whether that be on to an Art Foundation Course, a specialist music Course, drama school, a high-performing university or in to employment or an apprenticeship. All students who take one of these pathways are given individual help to support them in applying for such routes. 

  • Creative Arts Portfolio
  • Specialist Music Pathway
  • Drama Audition Workshop
  • Thinking Critically
  • Career Development Programme

Performance-related Progression Pathways

Creative departments within the College offer students the opportunity to develop and achieve high standards of performance in areas such as sport, drama and music through playing for the College sports teams or taking part in College drama and musical performances. A student doesn’t have to be studying these subjects for A Level or BTEC to take part, but needs to be committed to improving their practical talents as well as working as part of a team. 

  • Theatre Workshop
  • College Production
  • Sports Teams

Study Skills Support

We also offer Pathways for students who would like some further support in accessing and developing higher level skills to improve their academic performance in their core subjects. Students are in smaller classes and have an allocated mentor who works with them to support their academic development.

  • Academic Mentoring
  • Study Skills for Success
  • Study Skills for Maths