Progression

University Taster Days

These universities offer the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a university experience. You will apply for them throughout the year and they will take place after Christmas until the summer term.

OXFORD UNIVERSITY - PATHWAYS PROGRAMME

The ‘Year 12 Study Days’ on the Pathways Programme offers you the chance to experience your chosen subject through a day of academic sessions run by Oxford tutors, in March of Year 12.

The aim of the day is to give you a taste of university-level study in a subject that you are interested in, as well as to give you an insight into life as a student, studying and living in the Oxford college setting.

http://www.pathways.ox.ac.uk/

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY - SUBJECT MASTERCLASSES

Cambridge Subject Masterclasses are subject-specific events that offer you a flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge. Aimed at academically able Year 12 students from any school/college, the Masterclasses provide you with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching at Cambridge. A range of subjects is offered each year, which in the past has included Chemistry, Engineering, Genetics, Geography, History, Languages, Mathematics, Music and Psychology.

http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/masterclasses

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (UCL) - EVENING MASTERCLASSES

In the spring and summer terms UCL hosts a range of subject-specific masterclasses that offer you a taste of learning at university level. They give you an insight in to your chosen subject, and provide you with an excellent example to include in your personal statement.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/widening-participation/activities/masterclasses

Summer Schools

These are often applied for in February of Year 12 and are aimed at students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and from areas with low levels of progression to university. You do not have to be sure that you want to apply to this university to go to the summer school; it can be simply about getting a feel for the university experience. Attending a summer school can really make the difference and give you the confidence to make a successful university application.

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE) -  LSE CHOICE

Summer schools and Saturday schools at LSE for ambitious students from low-income backgrounds, under represented communities, students in care and who have families with no experience of higher education. 

http://www.lse.ac.uk/study-at-lse/Undergraduate/widening-participation/Sixth-form-college

SUTTON TRUST SUMMER SCHOOLS

Excellent summer schools at one of twelve partner universities (Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial, KCL, Nottingham, Oxford, St. Andrews, UCL, Warwick, Royal Veterinary College) for ambitious students from low or middle income families. These are some of the most prestigious summer schools in the UK.

https://summerschools.suttontrust.com/

OXFORD UNIVERSITY UNIQ SUMMER SCHOOLS

Oxford’s own summer school programme.

https://www.uniq.ox.ac.uk/selection 

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY SUMMER SCHOOLS

Summer schools at Cambridge, (which are delivered via Sutton Trust).

http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/events/summer-schools

OXBRIDGE INDIVIDUAL COLLEGES SUMMER SCHOOLS

Some Oxford and Cambridge colleges offer their own outreach summer programmes. Look for these via individual colleges, searching for ‘outreach’ or ‘widening participation’.

For example, Lady Margaret Hall is the link college for Haringey and they run some taster days in the summer. Explore more at the link here:

http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/

UCL SUMMER SCHOOLS

Summer schools at University College London (UCL) for ambitious students. Priority to state school students from outside London.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/widening-participation/activities/summer-schools

UCL SUMMER CHALLENGE

Summer Challenge is a programme of subject specific courses for Year 12 students attending state schools in or near London, whose parents have not been to university, and who are academically high achieving.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/widening-participation/activities/summer-challenge

KCL SUMMER SCHOOLS

Summer schools at Kings College London (KCL) for ambitious students. Open to all.

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/summer/summer-schools/pre-university/pre-university-index.aspx

QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON SPRING AND SUMMER SCHOOLS

Summer schools for students in Engineering, Sciences, Medicine and Coding. Aimed at students who meet the ‘Widening Participation’ criteria.

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/teachers/wp/post-gcse/index.html

WESTMINSTER UNIVERSITY SKILLS CLUBS

STEM, Film, Radio production and study skills summer schools at the University of Westminster. Free and open to all.

https://www.westminster.ac.uk/study/schools-and-colleges-outreach

UCL GATEWAYS – ONE DAY SUMMER CONFERENCES

UCL is excited to hold a series of Year 12 conferences, each investigating a theme that's relevant to how we see the world today. These conferences are designed to give a taste of what studying at university is like, as well as encourage deeper insight into an interesting and current topic.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/widening-participation/activities/gateways-conferences

UCL TARGET MEDICINE – MENTORING, OUTREACH AND SUMMER SCHOOL

Target Medicine is a widening participation project delivered by medical students from UCL Medical School, with support from academic staff. The project aims to inspire students from non-selective state schools to consider a career in medicine and to mentor and support them through the process of applying to medical school.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/target-medicine

UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMME

Taster courses and portfolio presentation for architecture at the University of Westminster.

https://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/professional-and-short-courses/architecture-and-interiors/access-to-architecture-summer-school

Lectures

A really exciting way to develop wider understanding of your subject.Furthermore, these lectures will give you the opportunity to meet other students, leading academics and professors in your subject areas.They are also great opportunities to enhance your university applications and CV’s.You need to book in advance- they are popular!

LSE PUBLIC LECTURES 

There are numerous lectures open to the public which you can attend on weekday evenings – the full programme is available here;

http://www.lse.ac.uk/Events

KINGS COLLEGE LONDON EVENING PHYSICS LECTURES

A range of free lectures are available at Kings College London.

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/physics/newsevents/eventrecords/Evening-Physics-Lectures-at-Kings.aspx

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

Look out for the seasons they hold at the Southbank centre. Recent example was a series of performances and lectures about religion and belief.

www.southbankcentre.co.uk

THE ROYAL INSTITUTION – PUBLIC LECTURES

Free lectures and workshops on science and technology related subjects.

http://www.rigb.org/whats-on

THE ROYAL SOCIETY – PUBLIC LECTURES

Science events and lectures.

https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/

GRESHAM COLLEGE – PUBLIC LECTURES

Free scientific lectures.

https://www.gresham.ac.uk/

CONWAY HALL – PUBLIC LECTURES

Free social, political, cultural and scientific lectures. Mainly on Sunday afternoons.

https://conwayhall.org.uk/events/

KING’S COLLEGE LONDON - KINGS COLLEGE MEDICINE IN ACTION AND MEDICINE 101 LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

A variety of lectures and workshops that will help you navigate your Medicine application.

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lsm/study/outreach/ks5/actionlecture.aspx

Subject Masterclasses

These programmes enable you to develop your subject knowledge beyond the classroom in a stimulating and exciting environment. You will meet like-minded students and develop your subject skills as well as interpersonal skills, ready for the world of work.

KING’S COLLEGE LONDON - KING’S FACTOR MATHS PROGRAMME

This is a Maths club aimed at Y12 & Y13 students, which offers them challenging problems aimed at developing and enriching thinking

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms/depts/mathematics/about/KingsFactor/kingsfactor.aspx

INVESTIN PROGRAMMES AT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (UCL)

The InvestIN one day programmes bring top professionals to UCL to give you insights into Medicine, Banking, Law and Business.

https://investineducation.co.uk/products/the-young-investment-banker-programme

https://investineducation.co.uk/products/the-young-lawyer-programme

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS (LSE) ALISON WETHERFIELD LAW PROGRAMME (YEAR 12)

The Alison Wetherfield Law Programme is a LSE outreach initiative which aims to provide young people with an interest in law access to the legal profession.

http://www.lse.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/informationForTeachersAndSchools/wideningPar

Bursaries, Scholarships and mentoring

SUTTON TRUST PATHWAYS PROGRAMMES

The Sutton Trust Pathways programmes help young people from low or middle incomes to access careers in the leading professions. Each pathway offers a programme of support that may include careers events, mentoring, work experience placements and excursions. Particularly for students who are the first in their family to go to university.

http://www.suttontrust.com/programmes/pathways-programmes-2/

LLOYDS SCHOLARS

A full package of support for students from low income families who have accepted offers from one of the scheme’s nine partner universities (Bath, Queens Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, UCL, Oxford, Sheffield and Warwick).

https://www.lloyds-scholars.com/

SOCIAL MOBILITY FOUNDATION

APP City supports high achieving students from low income backgrounds across the UK from lower sixth/S6, into competitive universities, and the top professions. It’s open to motivated, ambitious students from less privileged backgrounds in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle.

http://www.socialmobility.org.uk/programmes/aspiring-professionals-programme/

UCL TARGET MEDICINE – MENTORING, OUTREACH AND SUMMER SCHOOL

Target Medicine is a widening participation project delivered by medical students from UCL Medical School, with support from academic staff. The project aims to inspire students from non-selective state schools to consider a career in medicine and to mentor and support them through the process of applying to medical school.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/target-medicine

INDIVIDUAL UNIVERSITIES - ACCESS SCHEMES E.G. ‘ACCESS TO LEEDS’

Individual Universities will have their own admissions programmes, access schemes, widening participation offers. Search on individual university websites. For example, Access to Leeds:

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/128005/applying/33/alternative_admissions

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