More than 100 of our Science students met with representatives from a range of universities recently, at a special progression event held at Nottingham College.
In the morning sessions, the BTEC Applied Science students found out about the UCAS university application process in the morning, along with learning about student finance. A range of university representatives also spoke to them about science-based courses and life at university.
In the afternoon, the students (who were from Level 2 and Level 3 courses) looked into future specialisms, including Applied Science, Biomedical Science, or Analytical and Forensic Science, tailored to meet their higher education and career goals.
Nikita Briggs is a Science student who attended the event.
It was actually a life changing event, because it gave me the opportunity to talk to universities face-to-face.
It was really eye opening, and learning about entry requirements has given me targets and goals to aim for!- Nikita Briggs - Science student
University visitors on the day included University of Derby, Leeds Beckett University, Sheffield Hallam. They were joined by Pathways, the collaboration of higher education providers in Leicester City, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP). Pathways were representing De Montfort University, University of Leicester, Loughborough University and University of Northampton.
The event was organised by Science staff in collaboration with Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP).
DANCOP is a partnership of universities and colleges working together to raise the aspirations of young people and support them to consider their futures, as part of a national government initiative to increase the number of young people from underrepresented groups who go into higher education.
Zanna Mitchell, DANCOP Project Lead at Nottingham College, said: “Events like this help us raise students’ aspirations by informing them about what choices are out there.
“We had some really positive results, for example we found out that after the event 79% of the students are now thinking about applying to university, compared with just 49% before they attended.”