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Stretch and Challenge Opportunities

Stretch and Challenge Activities

Links to a range of opportunities designed to motivate and inspire students outside of lessons can be found below.  Please note that these activities are simply opportunities for those that wish to participate and are in no way essential for progression to university courses and future careers. 

Additionally, one off opportunities may come into school will be advertised to students.

If you decide to make an application for any of the masterclasses /taster days/summer schools please let Miss Barnaby/Mr Stackhouse know. 

Resources to explore a subject beyond the A level curriculum:

Resources to explore a subject beyond the A level curriculum, links to other useful websites for this subject and guides to university study in this area.

The Excellence Hub

The Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber runs exciting events for young people to help enrich their experiences in school and college.  The Excellence Hub is a regional collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Online extension activities for A level students:

Inspiring activities for able students, including 1 day Masterclasses and 5 day residential opportunities:

Sutton Trust University Summer Schools -  Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Imperial, King’s College, Nottingham, St Andrews, and UCL.

‘The summer schools are a great opportunity for high achieving young people from non-privileged backgrounds in year 12 to get a taste of student life at a research-led university’. All expenses are met by the Trust and participating universities.
Further information is available on the Sutton Trust website:

Oxbridge Experience:

University of Oxford’s Summer School UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education and who are based at UK state schools/colleges. Students apply for a specific course that aims to give them a realistic view of Oxford student life. UNIQ participants live in Oxford college/annexe for one week in the summer. They attend lectures and seminars in their chosen subject, and workshops about applying to Oxford.  Participants also take part in a variety of social activities in the evenings.

Cambridge University Subject Masterclasses - register your interest to be notified for future events:

Oxford University Foundation Year (Lady Margaret Hall):

The LMH Foundation Year is a one year, fully funded course that takes academically able students from under-represented groups, and through a combination of academic and personal support enables them to fulfill their academic potential

Students interested in Medicine

Hull York Medical School we offer a range of Widening Participation activities for schools and colleges to help raise aspirations, support young people's choices and encourage progression into medicine and other medical careers.

Leeds University Widening Access to Medical School. The WAMS committee is made up of Leeds medical students, supported by the University of Leeds School of Medicine Admissions. The students on the committee and supporting the events know just how hard it is to get into medical school so can offer practical advice and support. The aim is of the committee to give appropriate support to enable potential applicants make informed decision regarding medicine as a career pathway, targeting students from a widening participation background.

Headstart Courses

Headstart has been established for more than 16 years as a charitable trust providing hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities and engineering taster courses to encourage young people into technology-based careers. 

Visit for more details

Loughborough Engineering Experience

This is an annual two day event held every Easter for Year 12 students. It gives an insight into engineering, a chance to experience first-hand the Loughborough University campus and student accommodation, plus students also have the opportunity to take part in a number of different ‘taster events’ within our engineering departments.

Nuffield Science Placements

Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries) provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. 
Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply. Placements are available across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions.  Nuffield Research Placements are administered at a regional level by a network of Nuffield coordinators.
More details will be promoted to students during the year but have a look at the following link for more information.

Further Maths Support Programme:

Through a range of enrichment and extension events, activities and resources, the FMSP offers students opportunities to apply mathematics they have learned in the classroom in new and interesting ways, deepening and broadening their understanding and increasing their enjoyment of mathematics.


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