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Pre-16 programmes and activities

Explore our broad range of opportunities for state schools across the West Midlands.

From workshops to residentials, our range of activities for West Midlands secondary schools offers opportunities for local pupils to explore higher education and make the best choice for their future. We work with state schools across the region to raise aspirations and motivation, with a wide range of support available from Year 7 to Year 11.

Year 10 Summer School: Your Future, Your Choice

The summer school is an opportunity for Year 10 students to find out what it's like to live and learn as a university student. Develop your confidence, skills and social network whilst exploring a range of university subjects.

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Forward Thinking

Running from Year 8 to Year 11, Forward Thinking gives pupils an insight into higher education and professional career routes, along with opportunities for skills building and self-development.

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Raising Aspirations in Secondary Education (RAISE)

The RAISE programme is a range of fun, interactive lectures, workshops, and competitive quizzes for students in Years 7 to 11. They are designed to motivate and inspire students around particular subjects, and in the long term raise achievement at GCSE.