Bingley Grammar School

28.11.18

Yr 12 Brilliant Club 2018

On Friday 16th November 14 students from Year 12 attended the University of Sheffield to be introduced to the 'Scholars programme' run by the Brilliant Club.

The Brilliant Club is the largest university access programme, promoting social mobility, for secondary schools in the UK.

The Scholars programme is a five week programme that places university researchers (PhD tutors) into schools to teach university style tutorials to small groups in STEM, the Arts and Humanities. At the end of the programme students complete a final assignment.

Today's launch trip included:

  • a tour of the University campus

  • a study skills session

  • a chance to meet and question current students

  • their first tutorial with the PhD tutors

The Scholars Programme is designed to help students (who wouldn't necessarily follow a route to university) develop the knowledge, skills and ambition that support progression to highly selective universities and work in partnership with 17 of the countries most selective universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

We look forward to hearing how this year's cohort got on when they return to school.  

Scholars Tutorial Sessions

The students have attended two of their 'Scholars Programme' tutorial sessions in school, the Arts/Humanities sessions and STEM sessions were lead by Geroge and Beth, PhD students at Leeds University. 

The Arts and Humanities students are completing a course on 'Free Will' and the STEM group are completing a course on 'Molecule to Man' - looking at the impact modern drugs are having on human development. 

Our students will undertake multiple non-assessed assignment homeworks during the 5 week course, then complete a final assignment which will be marked with a degree style grade. At the end of the programme our students will attend a 'graduation ceremony' at University.

The two groups have already completed their first assignment - our PhD tutors were extremely impressed with the quality of our students work and are looking forward to seeing them, and the work they produce, towards the end of the course.

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