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Oxbridge interviews information (online)
14th, 16th and 20th November (Webinars) and 22nd November (Q&A)

These webinars are about the different stages of the application process,
accompanied by a Q&A session. They will discuss Oxbridge interviews, what they look like, and how you can prepare.

For more information and how to apply, click here.


Christ’s-King’s Programme 2024
February and March 2024 (online and in-person in Cambridge)

This is for students attending UK state schools in Year 12 to find out more about the University of Cambridge and explore a variety of subjects.

For more information and how to apply, click here.


Magdalene College Arts and Humanities Essay Competition
February to April 2024 (online)

The essay questions will cover the breadth of arts and humanities subjects offered at undergraduate level at the University of Cambridge.

For more information and how to apply, click here.


University of Sheffield Subject Tasters

Throughout the Autumn term, there are a number of free opportunities for students to experience what it is like to study different subjects at the University of Sheffield. Interested students can click on the links below to get more information and to register for any of the online sessions.

Loughborough University’s LUDUS Gold programme

Applications close: Friday 24th November

LUDUS Gold is a 2-year programme of enhanced support for students during their post-16 studies. It aims to help them make decisions about their future, build confidence and to develop the skills to be successful at university. There’s a series of events to attend and activities to complete, which incorporates both online and on-campus elements.

The LUDUS Gold programme has a range of benefits including:

  • Upon successful completion, students are eligible to be considered for a reduced offer (of up to 2 grades) for one of Loughborough’s undergraduate courses.
  • Activities designed to develop key transferable and academic skills.
  • Support to create a strong UCAS application.
  • Continued support for students who decide to enrol with Loughborough University.

Students can find out more including the eligibility criteria and can apply for the programme by visiting the webpage here. You can also see a short video here: LUDUS Gold Programme – YouTube


Year 12 Ambition Nottingham programme

January 2024 and throughout Year 13
Applications close: Sunday 3rd December 2023

The Ambition Nottingham programme is a free 2-year scheme for all Year 12 students from anywhere in the UK.

Supporting progression and application to a university of your choice, it offers support and guidance to students through various online sessions, which include:

  • Subject insight sessions with university academics
  • Q&As with current students
  • Advice and guidance on university selection processes

It is also offering the opportunity to attend Open Days as a VIP with extra activities and support.

In addition to this advice and guidance, some participants who meet additional criteria could also be
eligible for additional benefits should they apply to the University of Nottingham.

More information, the application form, and the full entry criteria can be found here.


Heads-up course for everyday life skills

Wilmslow, 13th January and 10th February 2024

This free, 1-day course, led by a dynamic team of experts, including clinical
psychologists, general practitioners, police officers and financial experts, is
intended to help students have a confident and informed transition to
university, apprenticeships or a gap year. It will cover:

  • Mental and physical wellbeing
  • Safety and security
  • Financial literacy
  • Wider life skills

For further details, click here.

University and Apprenticeship Search Fair

Manchester, Friday 2nd February, 9.302.30pm

This UK University & Apprenticeship Search event is the perfect way for students to choose which university or apprenticeship is right for them. The free fair will provide attendees with the opportunity to speak to a multitude of universities including Russell Group, red brick, specialist and modern. Students will also be able to talk to a variety of the UK’s best apprenticeship providers, HE colleges, specialist institutions, and student-related organisations. The fair is for students of all abilities and aims to widen participation as well as cater for higher academic achievers.

The schedule of the day is:

  • 10.10–10.30am Student Finance
  • 10.40–11am UCAS Personal Statement
  • 11.10–11.30am Why Apprenticeships?
  • 11.40–12pm University Life & Courses
  • 12.10–12.30pm Russell Group University Seminar
  • 1.10–1.30pm Higher & Degree Apprenticeships
  • 1.40–2pm UCAS Personal Statement

For further information, click here.

Year 12 STEM Residentials in Summer 2024

Insight into University Residential Experience are summer schools run over 4 or 5 days where students get a taster of university life and an insight into a specific STEM subject. Students will get the opportunity to experience university-style lectures and work on activities and group projects with the support of academics and student mentors. Students will stay in halls of residence and will take part in social activities in the evenings.

These courses are a great way to try out a STEM subject at university before applying. This allows students to make a better informed decision for their UCAS application, as well as meeting like-minded students from all over the UK.

These summer schools are run for small groups (on average 30 students) and so places are limited. The list of courses available so far include:

  • Materials Science at the University of Oxford
    17–21st June 2024, 4-night residential
  • Materials Science at the University of Cambridge
    30th June – 4th July , 4-night residential
  • Broad based Engineering at the University of Sheffield
    4-night residential
  • Aerospace Engineering at the University of Liverpool
    4-night residential
  • Maths at Lancaster University
    29th July – 1st August, 3-night residential
  • Mechanical Engineering at UCL
    3-night residential
  • Ocean & Earth Science at the University of Southampton
    21st July – 25th July 2024, 4-night residential

For more information, click here.