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Post 16

The UEL Schools and Colleges Team works with local sixth forms and colleges, delivering meaningful, informative, relevant and timely activities to young people at a time when they are making important decisions about their futures. Our activities are linked to our progression framework and can be mapped to the career strategies of sixth forms and colleges, meeting key targets in the Gatsby Benchmarks

All our workshops are free, with priority given to sixth forms and colleges signed up to partnership agreements, or with a large proportion of pupils from widening participation backgrounds.

 

Find out more about our workshops, activities and programmes for the post 16 age group:

Available to all schools and colleges across London, Your Future days offer young people an experience of degree level work in the subject of their choice and supports understanding of the careers this might lead to. The day includes a choice of academic workshops, sessions with insights into student life and employability skills workshops.

Benefits

  • Young people gain insights into what learning specific subjects is like at university.
  • Participants gain transferable skills to support their future careers.
  • Learners gain valuable practical knowledge and experience about the higher education journey.
  • Young people meet role models and get a feeling of what student life would be like for them.
  • Participants who require Special Educational Needs (SEN), have a disability, or are from a care leaving background will receive specific support, information and guidance.

Key information

  • Free to attend for pupils from local schools and colleges.
  • Suitable for young people in the first and second year of college or sixth form (Year 12 or 13).
  • Run across our three campuses from 10:00 to 15:00.
  • Applications can be made in groups or as individual pupils (who must gain permission from their school or college to attend).
  • Book a place today via our events page.
  • Contact us to find out more.

UEL’s free Summer School programme takes place every June and July. The programme gives Year 12 pupils an exclusive opportunity to develop professional employability skills and gain an insight into university courses.

Our Future series of Summer Schools are set in collaboration with industry partners and offer learners opportunities to work as a team, develop communication skills, problem solve and increase confidence and resilience.


A young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not be in education or training.
– Department of Education

170 young people attended our Summer Schools in 2016-17. 54% of them would be the first in their family to go to university.

I finally got to understand how pharmacologists actually work, giving me a better insight about whether I want to study it or not.
– Year 12 pupil from Barking Abbey, Your Future Scientists, Pharmacology 2018

It was interesting because it answered all my questions on smart cities and it made me more motivated to study architecture.
– Year 12 pupil from Bishop Thomas Grant School, Your Future Smart City Engineers

In 2018-19, we will be delivering a series of Summer Schools on subjects including:

  • creative industries
  • sports
  • smart engineering
  • health and social care
  • pharmacology
  • psychology
  • business

Dates for UEL Summer Schools will be posted in January 2019.

Benefits

  • Young people gain insights into what learning specific subjects is like at university.
  • Participants develop key professional skills, gain practical transferable skills and have exposure to industry experts to support their future careers.
  • Learners gain inspiration, new experiences and expert guidance, helping them see what their futures could hold.
  • Young people enjoy an invaluable experience to add to personal statements for university applications.
  • Participants get a feeling for university life by spending time on a UEL campus. 

Key information

  • Our Summer School sessions are free of charge, including refreshments, lunch and travel.
  • Open to young people from local boroughs, with priority given to pupils from widening participation backgrounds.
  • Summer Schools last two to three days, depending on the session chosen. Contact us for more information.

Choosing a course for university can be challenging and we offer a number of opportunities for young people to find out more about specific subjects through our Curriculum Ambassador programme (2018/19). With subjects ranging from Psychology, Animation and Creative Writing, to Engineering, Robotics, Law and Economics, we can offer inspiration for young people interested in a variety of career paths.

Benefits

  • Young people enjoy an engaging and interactive session on an academic subject area from a UEL student or academic.
  • Participants can make connections between higher education and career pathways.
  • Sessions complement tutorials or curriculum delivery on school or college premises. 

Key information 

  • Sessions last a minimum of 45 minutes and multiple sessions can be delivered in a carousel.
  • All sessions include an interactive academic workshop, a student or academic Q&A opportunity and information about career prospects.
  • Find out more about available subject sessions for 2018-19 or contact us to book a session.

Combining academic sessions, an interactive progression workshop, a campus tour and a Q&A with a current UEL student, our taster days for post 16 pupils give insights into higher education from all angles. Relevant, meaningful and inspiring to this age group, taster days can be tailored to the needs of specific groups of young people.

Thank you for hosting an event which provided such a wonderful opportunity for the pupils of Sixth Form East. It was very well organised and the schedule was thought out in such a way as to maximise the benefits of a full day of subject tasters and personal development workshops. The University of East London has demonstrated a real willingness to support and promote the learning experience of our pupils.

- Director of Learning, Sixth Form East

The day helped me figure out what it may be like to study more specifically and it inspired me.
- Year 12 pupil from Clapton Girls Academy, attending taster day on creative industries

Benefits

  • Young people gain insights into what learning is like at university on campus.
  • Participants gain transferable skills to support their future careers.
  • Learners receive valuable practical knowledge about the higher education journey.
  • Young people meet role models and gain an understanding of the support they can access in higher education, which additional support available for care leavers and those with educational needs or a disability.

Key information

  • Available to Federation and high priority partners.
  • Suitable for pupils in the first and second year of college or sixth form (Year 12 or 13).
  • Delivered across our three campuses from 10:00 to 15:00, depending on the subject.
  • Applications can be made in groups of a minimum of 15.
  • The availability of bespoke taster days is limited – contact us to discuss your needs.

We’re experts at helping prepare young people in making the transition from school or college to higher education. For young people with no experience of higher education, we can support them with making course decisions, guide them through the UCAS system and personal statements, and help them understand student finance, bursaries and scholarships.

Our sessions include:

  • Pathway planning – understanding what your options are and how to achieve your goals.
  • Making choices – why go to university, how to choose a university course and navigating the application process.
  • Personal statements – tips on writing a strong statement for university applications.
  • Acing essays and other university skills – developing skills needed to succeed in higher education.
  • A student like me – inspiring personal stories of other pupils’ journeys into higher education.

Benefits

  • All workshops incorporate practical help on the five key employability skills: communication, problem-solving, teamwork, self-management and self-belief.
  • Sessions provide crucial building blocks for young people to transition into university.

Key information

  • Workshops are free of charge and are available on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to high priority partner schools and colleges – have a look at our widening participation criteria for more information.
  • Sessions can be delivered on-campus at UEL or at your school or college.
  • Most sessions are delivered from September to November or June to July.
  • Minimum of 15 pupils per session.
  • Each session is one hour long and can be offered with a carousel of sessions.
  • Book a session today via our events page.
  • Contact us to find out about arranging a workshop.

“The workshop delivered plenty of information on what content to put in a personal statement and how to structure that content.”
– Year 13 pupil from London Design and Engineering UTC, attending a personal statement workshop

Clapton Girls Academy

Year 12 Pupil

The day helped me figure out what it may be like to be study more specifically and it inspired me.

Barking Abbey

Year 12 Pupil, Your Future Scientists, Pharmacology 2018

I finally got to understand how pharmacologists actually work, giving me a better insight about whether I want to study it or not.

Director of Learning, Sixth Form East

Thank you for hosting an event which provided such a wonderful opportunity for the pupils of Sixth Form East. It was very well organised and the schedule was thought out in such a way as to maximise the benefits of a full day of subject tasters and personal development workshops. The University of East London has demonstrated a real willingness to support and promote the learning experience of our pupils.

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