College Links Provide Taste of Oxford University for A Level Pupils
Published: May 10, 2017
High Achieving South Cheshire College students participated in a series of Oxford University Seminars as part of Easter Conferences to boost their knowledge.
Pembroke College, Oxford University, held Humanities and Theology Conferences to provide high achieving A Level students with undergraduate style teaching, which concluded a six week programme of lectures.
Seven South Cheshire College students enrolled onto the Pembroke North Programme through the College’s partnership with Oxford University. Here, they explored questions such as ‘Does Theology Matter?’ and lectures including ‘Sharks and Seas of Lemonade: An Enlightenment Faith?’ were delivered through group study by Oxford University staff.
This unique opportunity was taken by seven South Cheshire College students, made available through the College’s SCC Futures Programme aimed at allowing pupils to gain access to exceptional academic opportunities to support their application to Oxbridge or Russell Group Universities.
Dr Peter Claus, Pembroke College Access Fellow, said: “The Easter Conferences act as a time machine as it pushes the A Level students forward to undergraduate style learning. They are able to pick up lots of foundational knowledge that can be applied in their undergraduate study.”
Participants were taught in small groups by current Oxford University undergraduates, at The University of Manchester with students from across the North West.
South Cheshire College A Level student, Conor Reeves, has a conditional offer to read History at Pembroke College, Oxford University. Former Sandbach School pupil, Conor, said: “The Easter Seminars have been really useful to me. I attended last year just before I applied for university, and also now at a time when I’m holding a conditional offer to study at Oxford University.
“They have given me the chance to extend my academic study and engage in debate with current Oxford University undergraduates.
“I would not be in this position of having a conditional offer at Oxford University if it wasn’t for South Cheshire College and the opportunities available here through the SCC Futures programme.”
SCC Futures Co-ordinator at South Cheshire College, Fiona Burgess, attended the seminars with the students. She said: “Students who study at South Cheshire College have access to these very unique experiences.
“All who have taken part in the Pembroke North Programme gain knowledge and skills to prepare them for their university applications and undergraduate study at prestigious universities. Not only that, they gain confidence and are able to demystify the whole application process through the programme.”
To find out more about the SCC Futures Programme click here or call 01270 654654