Our programme of support provides children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the help they need to achieve their potential.
Primary and secondary students come down to our centres for Academic Support, where they receive after-school help with homework, coursework, literacy and numeracy from trained tutors. We also offer one-to-one support with GCSE, AS Level, A2 Level and degree options, coursework, revision, exam techniques, UCAS forms, interview techniques and gap years.
The school curriculum gives little sense of the university experience of concentrated, passionate learning in a specialist area. The FOCUS Programme offers young people learning experiences which aim to immerse them in a single topic or subject area. It includes: primary school workshops and FOCUS Weeks ; secondary school workshops and holiday FOCUS activities; Extending Horizons weekends away; and after-school Careers in FOCUS.
To find out more out the FOCUS Programme, please click here.
Students aged 10-17 attending Academic Support have the opportunity to join our Mentoring Programme. They are paired with a university student who provides help with school work, social skills, and confidence-building. The mentors act as role models who have already made it to university, and encourage the young people to think about their futures and raise their aspirations.
On our Corporate Mentoring Scheme Year 13 students are paired with graduates in full-time employment. They are supported throughout their final year of college and first year of university. Young people from our target groups are more likely to drop out of university in their first year than their peers, so with the help of their mentors they feel encouraged to continue with their study.
We also run a Buddy Scheme. Groups of secondary students work with university student volunteers to engage in hands-on activities focussed a specific discipline for a full day at a university. Past Buddy Days have focussed on science, medicine, law and engineering.
What's going on near you?
We run Academic Support sessions most days after school, to find out what time these sessions run at your local centre visit the centre page via the link below.
Aspire and Achieve
Young people often carry very negative ideas about themselves and their future potential.
Using programmes devised by IntoUniversity staff and The Pacific Institute, we provide leadership and personal development training that challenges negative self-perceptions among young people and encourages them to think expansively about the future and to take responsibility for their own goals.