Here at Notre Dame, we have five ‘Future’ programmes designed to support students with their career aspirations. One of these programmes is Future Public Services, perfect for students interested in studying subjects like politics, geography, or law at university. Those who sign up take part in a suite of activities to inspire them, build their confidence, and give them an insight into higher-level study.
During February and March, our NCOP Higher Education Progression Officer and NCOP Public Services Champion organised four presentations for Future Public Services students. University of Leeds student ambassadors delivered these, visiting Notre Dame to provide tailored information for our lower sixth students. As well as explaining the degree courses on offer, the ambassadors answered our students’ questions.
The degree subjects discussed were:
- Politics (including parliamentary studies) and social policy
- Geography with transport, and business management with marketing
- Social science subjects, and law
The purpose of these presentations was to help our students develop an understanding and awareness of the range of undergraduate subjects available. The University is keen – as are we – to ensure that all our students feel able to aspire to higher education, and can overcome any barriers to attending university.
Our students benefited from being able to ask questions of current undergraduates and develop more realistic ideas about life as a student. They asked about everything from study techniques, to the university social life, to job prospects as a graduate. One commented that the sessions, ‘really brought the idea of being a university student to life.’