Academic Enrichment Programme

Summer2This programme is only available to students who live inside the Greater West Midlands region and are currently in Year 12. The next programme begins with a week long residential at the University in August.

AEP summer school 2018: Monday 27 to Friday 31 August

Each student will experience first-hand what life studying and living at a research-led university is like by staying for five days and four nights in the University halls of residence and attending academic sessions in an area of their interest. During the evenings, students will be able to take part in social activities and will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the UK’s second city, Birmingham. Throughout the residential, there will be a team of current undergraduate student ambassadors on hand to support within a relevant academic stream to support and advise.  

In the Autumn Term, students will attend the first of two study support sessions, the date and content of which will be confirmed nearer the time.  In addition during Year 13, students will also be paired up with a current undergraduate from the University and will have further support through e-mentoring on a weekly basis.

Benefits of the programme

Students who are successful in gaining a place on this programme will benefit from the following:
  • Support with raising students' academic grades through two study skills sessions in Year 13
  • Support from current undergraduates via e-mentoring
  • Support with their decision making process
  • First hand experience of the academic learning to be expected from a research-led institution during the week long residential in August
  • An invitation to attend the celebration event that recognises the hard work of all the participants on the programme

Can students choose what to study?

There are four broad streams students can choose from, this must be related to their current studies or relevant to the degree programme they wish to study. The academic streams will include some of the following areas, but these are all subject to availability of academic staff:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences – covering Geography, English, History, Law, Politics, Social Policy, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Theology, Psychology
  • Business – Accounting, Economics, Business, International Studies
  • Physical Sciences – Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Maths
  • Biological and Health Sciences – Physiotherapy, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Biology, Chemistry

In addition to academic lectures and seminars there are contributions from external organisations.

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be the first generation in their family to apply to university (parents must not have been to university).
  • Applicants must have parents in non-professional occupations.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of eight GCSEs at grade B (6) and above, which must include Maths and English. A minimum of grade B in Science at GCSE is essential for academic streams involving Biological and Health Sciences and Physical Sciences.
  • Applicants must be taking relevant A level (or equivalent) qualifications for the academic stream an application is made to.
  • Applicants must attend a non-selective state school with a high proportion of free school meals and/or in inner-city areas. If applicants currently attend a selective state school/college, the school they gained their GCSEs in must not have been selective.
  • Have a household income below £42,875
Other factors that will be considered include students with disabilities and those that grew up in care or are currently in care, or those with caring responsibilities. We actively encourage these students to apply.

How much does it cost?

The costs of the Academic Enrichment Programme are completely covered by the University. This includes travel to and from the University, accommodation, all meals during the residential element and all social activities.

Information for Teachers

You may want to use the Academic Enrichment Programme Poster to advertise the Programme within your school or college. 

The University of Birmingham would like to thank the Sir Josiah Mason Trust for their generous contribution in supporting the students on the Academic Enrichment Programme for the next three years. The support of the Sir Josiah mason Trust has allowed more students to benefit from the programme and will help to realise their educational and career aspirations.