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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 and see Mr Baxter for more details on any opportunity.

Last updated April 30,2018


UCL has announced the summer schools they will be running this year:

English, Psychology, Natural Sciences, Archeaology, Architecture, Health, Fine Art - and many more opportunities. 

Check them out now - places will go quickly.


Oxford University - Oxford African and Caribbean Society - for these three opportunities please see Mr Baxter 
AAC (July 2018)
Participants: Year 12
Students are invited to a London firm for the day. The day includes a number of talks, panels and discussions, lunch and subject-specific sessions. The aim of AAC is to encourage young people to understand, value and utilise their cultural capital regardless of whether they'd like to apply to Oxford or not. From here, AAC aims to cultivate long-term relationships with students and hold a number of follow up sessions (both in person and online) to provide support and advice following A level results day. This is an application-based programme. Click here to apply: https://goo.gl/forms/IUIwp6MhRR4NjIFo2

Free online courses from AccessHE

AccessHE Online courses are designed for learners in Year 9 upwards. After registering, students will have a choice of nine fully online courses in subjects ranging from Law to Photography, plus courses to introduce them to university and support independent study. Most of the courses will take approximately 2 hours to complete in total, and students can study sessions at a time that suits them. Once they have completed a course, they will receive a Certificate of Completion.

UCL Gateways Conferences

In July 2018, UCL will be holding a series of Year 12 conferences, each investigating a theme that's relevant to how we see the world today. These conferences are designed to give a taste of what studying at university is like, as well as to encourage deeper insight into an interesting and current topic. Students who attend will also receive helpful information about applying to competitive universities, and will have the opportunity to meet current students and members of academic staff. 



Year 10 Languages Summer School<https://dmtrk.net/1MZL-5KDBA-EI0ETI-32TGIV-1/c.aspx>

This is a unique opportunity for 30 Year 10 students to experience language study at four different London-based universities: King's College London, the University of Westminster, UCL and SOAS. There will also be a day trip in London.

Students will experience a multitude of different languages and cultures and get involved in different interactive activities that will encourage students to be creative.

Applications are open<https://dmtrk.net/1MZL-5KDBA-EI0ETI-32TGIV-1/c.aspx> and the summer school will take place Monday 18 June - Friday 22 June 2018.

University Archaeology Day<https://dmtrk.net/1MZL-5KDBA-EI0ETI-32TGIW-1/c.aspx>

Explore the possibilities of a future in the past at the inaugural University Archaeology Day, being held at The British Museum in London on Friday 22 June 2018.

The event is for prospective students, teachers and parents to learn about the many degree programmes on offer across the UK, to discover the huge range of career opportunities that an archaeology degree can lead to, and to hear about some of the latest archaeological research.  25 Universities will be attending. Register interest today<https://dmtrk.net/1MZL-5KDBA-EI0ETI-32TGIW-1/c.aspx>.


International Day of Light

On Tuesday 15 May 2018 it is the International Day of Light. To celebrate UCL and Nature are hosting an exciting day of talks and activities for students in Years 7 and 8 on science, engineering, archaeology, art and much more.

Funding is available and can be applied for to support travel. If you would like more information contact Dr William Dunn<mailto:w.dunn@ucl.ac.uk?subject=UCL%20International%20Day%20of%20Light%20Event>.



Envision@UCL is a series of one-day events for young black women who are interested in learning more about university and future career options.

The next Envision@UCL event will take place on Thursday 26 July 2018. It is free to attend and lunch is provided.

Students can register their interest<https://dmtrk.net/1MZL-5KDBA-EI0ETI-32S38H-1/c.aspx> for the event now.


UCL Slade Summer School Bursary<https://dmtrk.net/1MZL-5KDBA-EI0ETI-32TGIX-1/c.aspx>

Every July and August the UCL Slade School of Fine Art runs a variety of short courses for all levels of experience.

The Slade Summer School Bursary Scheme is designed to enable Year 12 and 13 students who are interested in studying Fine Art at university and Art teachers from non-selective state secondary schools and FE Colleges to attend free of charge.

For more information visit <https://dmtrk.net/1MZL-5KDBA-EI0ETI-32TGIX-1/c.aspx>.