Enrichment activities & useful readings

ENRICHMENT ACTIVITES
Attending these conferences or events will NOT give you an advantage  in terms of extra points  when applying for Higher or Further Education courses,  but they WILL give you a much better understanding about these subjects at High Education and give you things to talk about in your Personal statement and hopefully help you decide if it is right for you. Note some of these events are free, some are paying.

UCL offer a range of  free public talks, lectures, exhibitions, workshops and films at lunchtimes, in the evenings and at the weekend for more information UCL Events

FutureLearn, which is is a private company owned by The Open University, is testing an online offering of free courses from some the UK's and certain international leading universities and other cultural institutions. Courses are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop. See Future Learn Courses for the list and of particular interest to all Premiere/PAL, Terminale/TAL students may be this course Preparing-for-Uni
For more information visit www.futurelearn.com

The University Taster Course Programme  are open for registration see www.london.ac.uk/tasters. The courses are FREE and in a variety of subjects taking place at numerous universities across London. Courses will be continuously added so don't stop looking just because there isn't a subject to your taste yet.

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. They take place at in a number of universities around the country.  
www.etrust.org.uk

THE SMALLPEICE TRUST
The Smallpeice Trust is an independent charity providing programmes to promote engineering careers to young people through residential courses, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Days, STEM Clubs.
Information on these courses and applications can be made from the website www.smallpiecetrust.org.uk
Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Prices include all accommodation, course meals, evening activities and course materials. Any students interested in attending should complete an online application form.  

PREMED AND PRELAW COURSES
These fee-paying courses are for students thinking of a career as a doctor or lawyer may also be of interest. They also offer preparation for the LNAT and UKCAT examinations. For more information go to www.prelaw.org.uk or  www.premed.org.uk

ACCESSPROFESSIONS.COM
Access Professions is an online charity which matches students with life-changing university- and career-related opportunities. It ask users about their interests and qualification then  ask their partner universities, firms and not-for-profit organisations to categorise each of their opportunities correspondingly. They then email  relevant activities such as work placements, mentoring schemes, podcasts, summer schools, etc.  www.accessprofessions.com

FUTUREWISE COURSES & EVENTS
Futurewise, http://www.myfuturewise.org.uk/ have information on a great variety of courses and other enrichment activities, some they run themselves, some are provided by others

WORKSHOP-UK
This private organisation runs various course many residential including some on journalism, law, psychology etc www.workshop-uk.net

EPOC Careers is a private organisation that runs events for students who want to become doctors or lawyers.  www.epoc.org.uk

GRESHAM COLLEGE
http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-eventsGresham College has provided free public talks within the City of London for over 400 years.

THE ROYAL INSTITUTION (for SCIENCE)
The Ri is an independent charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science.  It runs course, lectures and all types of events. www.rigb.org

UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES, HIGER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS
Most run taster courses, short courses, summer courses etc.  Look at the individual websites.

PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS/ASSOCIATIONS and SOME MULTI –NATIONAL COMPANIES
Many give lectures and run courses. Look at the individual websites. (eg RIBA )

FOR SUMMER! - INSIGHT INTO ENGINEERING
From 5e (Year 8)  to Premiere (Year 9) - The Smallpiece Trust in currently accepting applications for their summer residential progammes and has places available on courses such as BAE Systems Engineering Experience, Girls into Engineering, Marine Tech, Railway Engineering and Renewable Energy. Some Lycee students have participated in the courses in the past and you may be interested to find out more about these courses at  www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk

JOURNALISM
The News Academy & Young Journalists’ Academy
The News Academy aims to help and inspire those young people, aged between 16-18. who might one day work in journalism.  They hold conferences, talks and summer schools so that young people can hear from experts and debate and understand more of what the future of professional journalism looks like.  The News Academy is an initiative of News UK (part of News Corp who publish The Times, The Sun, Sunday Times etc).   They work in partnership with the Young Journalists’ Academy,  a not-for-profit organisation, set up to help aspiring young journalists by running summer schools, workshops, master classes etc. For more information see http://academy.news.co.uk/all-news/   and    http://www.yja.org.uk/

CAREERS IN MEDICINE, HEALTHCARE AND SCIENCES:

Here are some useful link:
Bench to Bedside: King's College guide  Our new interactive video guide highlights a great range of careers in this sector, from the scientist’s bench to the patient’s bedside. By following the case study of a stroke patient who is admitted into hospital, students can watch over 20 video interviews with real-life healthcare professionals and scientists and find out more about the career opportunities, skills and qualifications needed for each role.
Full details at Latest news on our website.

Health careers in the NHS: click here

Royal Society of Medicine - Careers in Medicine : click here

BMA (British Medical Association): click here

Special note regarding Medicine & Veterinary Medicine taster courses
The Medicine taster courses at St George’s and the Veterinary Medicine taster course at the Royal Veterinary College are vastly over subscribed.


   USEFUL READINGS
•    The Times Good University Guide 2017 by John O'Leary
•    HEAP 2017: University Degree Course Offers by Brian Heap
•    Choosing Your Degree Course & University by Brian Heap