HE+ is a collaborative project set up by the University of Cambridge in several regions of the UK. It is designed to help schools and colleges to share best practice in supporting and challenging their brightest Year 12 students with extension activities and materials, and to create an atmosphere in which students can support each other in raising their academic attainment and aspirations.
In order to achieve this, participating students will have the opportunity to:
- access subject-based extension material, focused on developing the key skills and academic confidence required for university-level study;
- talk to admissions staff about the applications process and receive appropriate support and guidance on making a strong application to the University of Cambridge and other competitive universities;
- attend one or more subject master-classes led by an academic from the University of Cambridge.
How does it work?
Each consortium consists of a lead school or college, working with a number of partner schools and colleges in its local area. They are collectively engaged with a Cambridge College - usually the one which is linked with that area through the Cambridge College Area Links Scheme - which provides focused input throughout the year in the form of subject master-classes, application support and a visit to Cambridge.
What does it involve?
The programme in Hampshire includes:
- extension classes in a range of core subjects to broaden and deepen understanding of the chosen subject and develop key transferable skills, such as independent learning and research skills;
- student workshops and teacher workshops led by staff from the University of Cambridge, addressing such topics as university choices, making a competitive application and preparing for interview;
- master-classes and seminars delivered by academics from the University of Cambridge.
Who is HE+ for?
The programme is aimed at Year 12 students who have the potential to make competitive applications to Cambridge and other Russell Group universities. HE+ is designed to bring together students from a range of schools/colleges within a specific locality and to engage them in a common programme with the opportunity to meet and work with one another.
One of the aims of the project is to assist in widening participation, particularly for students from families and communities where progression to higher education has not been the norm.
What are the benefits for the students taking part?
Students who take part in HE+ are encouraged and challenged to think beyond their A level curriculum and be introduced to new ideas and concepts. They will have many opportunities to develop their academic skills, confidence and understanding and engage with peers from other local schools/colleges. As part of the HE+ arrangement with Cambridge, there is the opportunity for some students to visit the University of Cambridge and to meet with academic staff, Admissions Tutors and current students. Places on this trip are always oversubscribed, and students will be selected at random from those who apply. Participating students will gain access to HE+ extension resources on the University of Cambridge web site and will be part of a national forum within which they can exchange ideas and information with their peers at other schools and colleges. All participating students can mention their involvement in this highly prestigious scheme in their CVs and university application forms.
Applications for HE+ for the 2018/19 academic year can be made from 9am on Monday 29 October until midnight on Monday 12 November 2018.