Academic Academy

If you are curious, inquisitive and enjoy learning, then the Academic Academy is for you. Explore new and interesting ideas that broaden your knowledge and supplement your College studies.

What to 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. The programme is fun and exciting and aims to increase your intellectual curiosity and confidence in ways that will support applications to the 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 followed by a choice of seminar.

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.

Lectures and seminars

Presentations are given by our own staff and external guests, with previous speakers including a lord, an Oxford professor and the Director of Experiments at CERN. Lectures are cross curricular and cover a range of topics including science, literature, maths, culture, gender, philosophy, religion, history, art, psychology and politics.

After the lecture you can choose from a number of seminar groups where you can discuss, debate and explore the content of the lectures. This follows the typical style of university learning, giving you valuable experience to help you apply for and succeed in Higher Education.

I really enjoy the Academic Academy, especially meeting new people in a less formal environment in the seminars.

Entry requirements

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.