Preparation for University

Futures Programme – Teach First

This is a nationally recognised programme of mentoring that supports close to 700 selected year 12 students each year, giving young people access to opportunities that will help inform their future careers and education decisions. Selected students are paired with a mentor from local industry who will meet with them for 1 – 2 hours every 6 weeks. Mentors will help to:

  • Complete UCAS applications; supporting you in planning your goals, and keeping you inspired through the tough times
  • Develop your skills in coaching, communication and organisation


Alumni have gone on to study at: Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Leeds, Aston, Kings, UCL, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham and many more.


Several of our students have been successful in being accepted on to this programme and have received personalised support from mentors to realise their career aspirations. The selected students benefited from:

    • University trips (Birmingham and Manchester) and a four day residential (Cambridge University)
    • Connections on university campuses
    • Mentoring
    • Work experience opportunities
    • University application support


Nottingham Potential Summer Schools

The Nottingham Potential Summer School is a unique opportunity for 7 of our high-achieving Year 12 students to attend The University of Nottingham for a week of living, learning and socialising like a University student


Oxbridge Information Evening

Students, parents and staff from the Sixth Form attend an outreach Oxbridge Evening held at the Nottingham High School. The evening includes a presentation followed by a question and answer session.  The presentation is pitched at Year 12 students who will then be given the opportunity to seek specialist advice from the Admissions Tutors from Cambridge and Oxford.



Sutton Trust Summer Schools

The Sutton Trust is the UK’s leading charity improving social mobility through education. They work to combat educational inequality to ensure students reach their academic potential. The Sutton Trust are particularly focused on minimising the link between educational opportunities and family background, providing a system in which young people are given the chance to prosper, regardless of their family background, school or neighbourhood.

Funded with partners and host universities, the Trust support a number of our students on their flagship summer schools programme.



Young Persons’ University Summer Schools – University of Surrey

The Young Persons’ Universities Summer Schools Programme aims to give young people a flavour of living and studying at university. The week-long residential programme involves taster lectures, tutorials and practical sessions run by leading academics. In addition to this, our students’ have the opportunity to talk with current undergraduates and recent graduates, find out more about applying to university, and learn more about the skills they need to excel in their chosen subjects.

Our students’ also have the opportunity to experience cutting-edge facilities, take part in an array of social activities and meet a wide range of students while living in the heart of campus at the University of Surrey.


UCAS East Midlands Higher Education Exhibition

This event allows our year 12 cohort to access exhibitors from the most popular universities. They have 90 minutes to move around the HE Fair researching courses that may be of interest to them and speaking to university representatives. This is an opportunity to collect prospectuses and raise any queries directly with university staff.



University of Cambridge – Peterhouse Area Links Taster Day

This event is designed to help broaden access to the University of Cambridge for students. It is also intended to give students a taste of what studying at a competitive university might be like and will include lectures, tours and the opportunity to meet some of the current undergraduates and teaching staff, all with the aim of raising aspirations. There will be a session advising students on how to make competitive applications to university and stretch themselves further academically.

This event is aimed at high-achieving Year 12 students who would not otherwise find the opportunity to visit the University. Our previous students that have attended were top academic performers amongst their cohort and were considering applying to Oxbridge and other competitive or high-tariff courses at university.



Bespoke HE Experience

To help our Year 12 students consider the opportunities available to them on completion of their A Levels, they have the opportunity to visit Derby University to explore the range of subjects available in Higher Education. This bespoke visit is designed specifically for our Sixth Form in partnership with NEMCON (The North East Midlands Collaborative Outreach Network) and helps to highlight the benefits of higher education. Throughout the morning students experience a range of subject taster sessions in Mathematics, Psychology, Architecture and Sport, followed by an afternoon session exploring an interactive zone which demonstrates some of the key concepts that different subjects employ. For many, this helps them to consider subjects outside of their current A Level studies and learn more about subject areas that they might not have otherwise considered.

The Nottingham Emmanuel Sixth Form