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Students Gain Insight into Oxbridge and Leeds Universities

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Students Gain Insight into Oxbridge and Leeds Universities

Here at Notre Dame, we’re proud of the structured support we give to students who either aspire to attend a highly competitive university or degree course, or who wish to deepen their knowledge of a subject and achieve an additional highly regarded qualification, or both.

We offer an Enhancing Excellence Programme that encourages students with high academic potential to apply to Oxford, Cambridge and other world top 30 Universities and/or to Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science degrees.

We also offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), which is equivalent to half an A-level and highly regarded by universities and employers, with many students offered lower grade requirements for entry to a wide range of courses including some of the most competitive.

From November 16 to 21, the staff who oversee both programmes arranged a number of activities to benefit Notre Dame students. 

On November 16 and 17, our current EPQ students visited the University of Leeds for an Academic Skills Day. They took part in sessions that focused on academic writing, referencing and plagiarism as well as enjoying a library tour and a university ‘hacks’ talk from university student ambassadors.

Through these visits, our student gained a valuable insight into working at university level. Some of the comments they made after the event included, “Now I know just how much work I need to put in to get to the right standard,” and “I really enjoyed hearing from the students about the reality of managing your time and workload at university.”

On November 21 it was the turn of our Enhancing Excellence students, who attended a conference with Dr Joe Stanley from the University of Cambridge, hosted by Notre Dame. Dr Stanley is the Student Liaison Officer from our link college at the university. His talk was tailored for students who’ve applied to either Oxford or Cambridge University and was also attended by students from six other schools and colleges in the area. Its purpose was to prepare students for the interview process. Dr Stanley discussed interview content, myth busting, and finished with a Q and A session.

This was an excellent opportunity for our students and many of them said they felt far less daunted about their upcoming interviews thanks to this event. 

 If you’d like to learn more about the EPQ or our Enhancing Excellence Programme, you can do that here.

Please note: Notre Dame is committed to helping achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The activities described above match Goal 4 – Quality Education – and Goal 10 – Reduced Inequalities. Visit our website for more details.

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