What can I expect?
The Academic Academy is a 30-week programme of lectures and seminars designed to stretch, challenge and provide support for students who want to apply for selective universities. It is taken alongside your full-time programme and only requires a commitment of two hours a week.
I have really enjoyed going to the Academy. I thought that all the lectures were interesting and informative and I particularly enjoyed the chance to continue learning about subject areas that I had rejected when choosing my A Levels.
The programme is fun and exciting and aims to increase your support applications to most competitive universities. We'll introduce you to new ideas and new ways of looking at the world; every Wednesday afternoon you will have a lecture by our own staff and external guests, with previous speakers including a lord, an Oxford professor, BBC national newsreader and the Director of Experiments at CERN. This is followed by a choice of seminar.
The academy also provides Oxbridge support for any students who wish to apply to Oxford or Cambridge universities.
I really enjoy the Academic Academy, especially meeting new people in a less formal environment in the seminars.
The Academy is aimed at students who will meet the post-16 national gifted and talented criterion of achieving 58 points in their eight best GCSEs (six A grades and two A* grades or better at GCSE). However, we are aware that sometimes GCSE grades do not reflect your true ability, so this is not a rigid entry requirement. It is more important that you are excited by new ideas and by the opportunity to be stretched intellectually.
For more information, please contact Laura Hunkin on 01872 265827.