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Opportunities abound - carpe diem

There are lots of opportunities for GCA students to learn from professionals, gain work experience and develop their academic skills – competitions, work placements, mentoring schemes, master classes, tasters, university visits and residentials, summer schools. Many are offered through GCA but some determined students just use their brains to research opportunities and their feet to get out there and make an impression.

We'll be posting details of opportunities open to GCA students on this page as we find out about them. Keep checking.

Last updated June 22 2017

Oxford University ACS Annual Access Conference 2017.

Who are we?

This event is brought to you by the Oxford University African and Caribbean Society, with the support of the University of Oxford Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach Office, and is sponsored by Clifford Chance LLP.

The Oxford African and Caribbean Society (ACS) is a student society of Oxford University comprised of students African and Caribbean heritage. Our diverse body of members hail from nations all over Africa and the Caribbean, and are committed to exploring, promoting and celebrating African and Caribbean culture within Oxford University and beyond.

What are we doing?

The AAC is focused on year 12 state school students of African and Caribbean origin. The core aim of the event is to break down any misconceptions prospective students may have about Oxford, and tackle any reservations they may have about applying whilst remaining sensitive to the social and cultural context that informs them.

The aim of the event is not to convince every student that they should be applying to Oxford University, but rather give them an opportunity to engage openly and honestly with the Oxford experience, whilst equipping them more generally with the tools to access higher education opportunities.

Conference attendees will additionally benefit from engaging with ACS alumni, who will present personal and credible examples of the professional trajectories taken using a degree at the University of Oxford.


This year's conference will take place on Tuesday the 11th July, from 8.30 am - 5.30pm, at Clifford Chance offices in Canary Wharf.

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day, as well pens and notepads.

The deadline for applications has been extended to June 30. Please see Mr Baxter if you want to register.








The University of Law - Get into Law event 

Get a feel of what it’s really like to study a law degree. You will have the chance to take part in a real life case study and start to hone your legal skills in a series of interactive activities. The day will be filled with practical exercises that bring the law to life.

Students will also get the chance to ask tutors – all legal professionals – the questions they want answered about studying and working in the law.

When and where

London Bloomsbury - Wednesday 5 July, 10:00 - 16:00

Students can book direct on the University of Law's website http://www.law.ac.uk/.

The University of Law also has a selection of Open Days coming up in June and July:
See here for details.


Latest update on UCL summer masterclasses:


Year 12 Languages and Law Summer School
10th-14th July 2017

Students are not required to be studying a language at A-Level. 

The Languages and Law Summer School is a chance for students to get a feel of University at three different Capital L partners: King's, SOAS and the University of Westminster. The Summer School will consist of a mixture of academic lectures and interactive workshops.

Students will also have the exciting opportunity to visit the Royal Courts of Justice and take part in a mock trial.

Application deadline is Monday 12th June 2017
For more information please email routes@soas.ac.uk.



 UCL has added a further 5 subjects to their line up of summer schools, bringing the grand total to 24 different subject

strands. This means students have even more chances to experience studying at a world class institution in the heart

of London.


Attending a summer school provides students with an insight into studying at a competitive university, the opportunity

to explore a subject of their choice with support from leading academics and current undergraduate students, and

valuable personal statement and careers advice specific to their chosen subject.   


Subjects range from Archaeology to Psychology, Law to Languages, and Biosciences to Fine Art. New programmes

include Security and Crime Science, Physics & Astronomy, Medical Anthropology, Pharmacy and Space & Climate

Physics. A full list of subjects available can be found on UCL's   summer school webpages.

Summer schools are free for eligible applicants and UCL provides all accommodation, food and travel

for residentials.

University College London (UCL)

Being Human Year 8 Summer School

Run by UCL Museums and Collections, the Being Human Summer School is a fun week of activities that explore ideas around identity and what it means to be human. Many of the sessions will be based in museums and participants will get the opportunity to handle, and learn from, real museum objects. Previous sessions include a visit from a medieval surgeon, exploring the past in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and creating a short animation film. Click on the link above for more information.

Bring Your Family to University Saturdays

Bring Your Family to University Saturdays offers students in Years 7-9 the opportunity to visit our campus with their families. Attendees will learn more about UCL and higher education, with sessions on topics such as GCSE subject choices, different university subjects and career paths, information and guidance on applying to university and parent sessions about supporting your child. Click on the link above for more information.

UCL is also running subject-specific days. Whether your student is fascinated by the Life Sciences or loves learning new European Languages, they can now discover exactly what it is like to study these subjects as a student at UCL.

Year 10 and 11 Careers Days: Medical Professions and Education & Working with Young People

Careers Days aim to introduce students to new career avenues and provide the opportunity to meet professionals from a range of career areas. Each Careers Day is themed on a different sector, and participants can expect to learn what it takes to get a career in that sector and how UCL can support them in achieving their ambitions. Click on the link above for more information.



Lots of information here about programmes at University College, London (UCL) for all age groups:




Maths Battles at University College London Years 8-11.

Free sessions at UCL maths department from 3.30pm to 5pm on Saturdays.

Click below to apply.


UCL Gateways Conferences for Year 12

UCL is excited to host a series of Year 12 conferences that aim to: help students gain an in-depth understanding across a range of university subjects; offer a unique experience of what studying at university will be like; and provide useful tips and advice on applying to competitive universities. These conferences will be held on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th of July with successful applicants being expected to participate in a full day (10:00am-3:30pm) of subject related sessions.

Click on the link below for more information and to apply.



Opportunities at Withers LLP (law company) for students aged 17+ on July 1 2017
1. Come and talk to Withers staff who have a wide range of roles in the firm:-

  • Lawyers
  • IT 
  • Accountants
  • Personnel
  • Marketing
  • Investigators
  • Legal Secretaries
Law firms employ non-lawyers in various managerial, professional, and administrative roles. Most of these positions require an entirely different skill set from that of lawyers.
On the 15th March, you will be able to speak to a range of lawyers and non-lawyers to learn the various paths that they have taken to gain a job in a top City firm.
2: Internship at Withers in July
Withers provides internships for six individuals for a week in July.  Attending this event on the 15th March is part of the selection process.
If you are interested in the above opportunity, please contact Andrew Muhammad via email investigator37@hotmail.com


Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford

For students in all year groups, LMH is running events associated with the University Open Days (taking place on the 28th and 29th June, and 15th September) including:

Tours and refreshments throughout

  • 11.00–12.00: Welcome from the Principal, Alan Rusbridger with an admissions talk by our Senior Tutor, Dr Fiona Spensley
  • 12.00–12.55: Meet the tutors OR talk for teachers, parents and carers
  • 13.00-14.00: Free hot lunch
  • 17.00-18.00: Get a scoop on LMH: G&D’s Ice Cream and Tea

Bookings for schools and individuals alike can be made here: http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/prospective-students/working-schools/open-days