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News: Sci­ence stu­dents are aim­ing high

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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. 

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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
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Nikita (left) considering higher education options.

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).

More about 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.”

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  • 13th May 2019 (3:48 PM)
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