Year 10

Our work aims to raise the aspirations and educational attainment amongst students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups. To participate in our activities, students should be in state schools/colleges and meet one or more of our targeting and eligibility criteria.

Targeting and eligibility criteria

Year 10 Programme - Realise Your Potential

Our 4 month programme maps your pathway from GCSE study to your future career. Read below to find out more.

Year 10 Programme

Across January to April, realise your potential through our Saturday morning programme supporting both you and your family with understanding options beyond GCSE study. Attend a range of workshops, webinars and masterclasses, along with access to online resources and mentoring, designed to further inform your own career aspirations.

The programme will run across the following dates in Spring Term 2021, with timings 10:00 - 12:00 unless otherwise stated:

When? Where? What?
Saturday 16 January Online Launch Week
Saturday 23 January Online Subject Taster Workshops & GCSE Revision Masterclasses
Saturday 30 January Online Subject Taster Workshops & GCSE Revision Masterclasses
Saturday 6 February Online Subject Taster Workshops & GCSE Revision Masterclasses
Saturday 27 February Online

Careers Webinars & Group Project Seminars

Saturday 6 March Online

Careers Webinars & Group Project Seminars

Saturday 13 March Online

Careers Webinars & Group Project Seminars

Saturday 20 March Online

Careers Webinars & Group Project Seminars

Mon  12 - Fri 16 April University of Surrey University Campus Experience Day*
Saturday 17 April University of Surrey Graduation Event* 
Saturday 24 April University of Surrey Graduation Event*

*Dates and arrangements subject to change dependent on Public Health England and Government advice. 

Our launch event is scheduled for Saturday 16 January. Both you and your parents/guardians will receive access to an online resource hub in addition to a University of Surrey student mentor who will provide you with impartial and tailored support.

The opening webinar will outline how you can maximise your experience on the programme before inviting you to participate within your first university subject taster workshop.   

The university subject taster workshops are designed to share a glimpse of your study options beyond school. You will be invited to attend one of two 60 minute interactive sessions in which you can learn more about how your current GCSE study is applied within a wide range of disciplines. We will be hosting the following subjects on the listed dates below:

Date Subject Option 1 Subject Option 2
Saturday 16 January Health Sciences Law
Saturday 23 January Computing Veterinary Medicine
Saturday 30 January Engineering Politics
Saturday 6 February Business & Economics Psychology

Recordings of each workshop, along with helpful links and resources, will be available to access through your online hub. 

As part of the programme, you will complete three weeks of GCSE revision masterclasses in either English, Maths or Science. All sessions will be up to 60 minutes and live only. They will provide practical support through the sharing of helpful tips and techniques towards preparing for your GCSEs. Additional revision resources will be made available via the online hub throughout the programme. 

Learn more about your career options and how to get to your dream job! Our careers webinars are led by professionals who will host a 60 minute introduction to their role and their experience to date. These sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about how your study options can develop transferable skills and experience that you can gain in achieving your own career aspirations. The provisional schedule for the careers webinars is: 

Dates Webinar Option 1 Webinar Option 2
Saturday 27 February Engineering* Politics*
Saturday 6 March Law* Health Sciences*
Saturday 13 March Computing* Psychology*
Saturday 20 March Business & Economics* Veterinary Medicine*

*Content is subject to change dependent on speaker availability. Any changes in the schedule will be shared in advance to inform choices. 

From Saturday 27 February, your Student Mentor will facilitate a group project in which you will work collaboratively with other students in further exploring a common subject of interest. 

Broaden your knowledge and understanding by receiving recommended readings from your mentor whilst researching independently during the week. The Saturday group seminars will be hosted by your mentor to share updates and to further plan your presentation.

Your group will be invited to meet at the University of Surrey to during the Easter holidays where you will finalise the project before presenting your work at your Graduation event.

Upon completion of your group project, you and your family will be invited to attend a graduation to celebrate your participation on the programme. 

Further details regarding the arrangements for the Graduation will be shared in line with Public Health England and Government advice.

To be eligible to apply, you will need to be nominated by your school.

Upon receipt of your nomination, you will receive an online application form before your participation on the programme is confirmed.

For further details about the programme and how to apply, please contact our team or your nominating teacher.


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