Thursday, 10 January 2013

Study in the USA

Have you ever considered studying in the US? If so, you're in good company. Last year, over 9,000 UK students chose the States for their studies! (Click here to find out more)

ATTENTION YEAR 12: 2013 university taster courses

Year 12 students you can now preview the 2013 university taster courses (look at document above) to find out which taster courses have so far been confirmed for 2013. The university taster courses are listed by subject area as well as by university.
Please note that all information in the preview is subject to change. Students will be able to apply to the taster courses and get further details of all taster courses taking place in 2013 on our website from 11am on Thursday 10 January 2013. Students can also preview the taster courses on our facebook page at
The Taster Course Programme provides year 12 sixth form students with a taste of what life at a university in London is like. All our taster courses free for students to attend. The following university institutions have so far confirmed they will be running taster courses in 2013:
Birkbeck, University of London BPP University College City University London Courtauld Institute of Art Goldsmiths, University of London http:// Imperial College London King's College London London Metropolitan University LSE London South Bank University Queen Mary, University of London Royal Holloway, University of London Royal Veterinary College St George's, University of London The Careers Group, University of London UCL University of East London University of London Institute in Paris University of Westminster

Monday, 19 November 2012

Le Cordon Bleu - hospitality training

Le Cordon Bleu are the world's leading provider of hospitality training. They run an extraordinary scholarship scheme aimed at people with limited means who wouldn't normally have the chance to study their most prestigious course, Le Grand DiplĂ´me, in London. The prize is worth over £30k and comes with accommodation in central London and the chance to study with a leading chef.

They aren't looking for people with previous experience, just people with a passion for cooking or the hospitality industry. It's open to 17-20 year olds so they are targeting schools and colleges.

There are more details here:

Ravensbourne College

On the 20th-21st November, we're holding Penrose Festival - a celebration of creative student-led businesses in design, production, technology, and digital skills. 400 students will be exhibiting their work and selling their products, to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skill and creative talent. Running alongside this on Wednesday 21st, we are holding a number of free short courses, aimed exclusively at pre-UCAS students who may want to learn how to improve their showreel, or how to perfect their performance in an interview. There are a number of places still available, and we'd love to have as many people as possible attend. It would be a great opportunity for them to see the college, chat to our students, get better prepared for university admission and learn a new set of skills.

You can book places via this link: (
Or book onto our launch event on the 20th here: (

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Contribute to the blog

If you have anything that you would like to contribute to the blog please email Mrs. Raji

Have you been to an open day yet?

Click the link below to find out what open days are happening and when. You are strongly advised to book a Saturday open day as you will not be guaranteed to get the day off from your lessons

University of London Open Days

The University of London Open Days for undergraduate Students are taking place next week on Tuesday 11 & Wednesday 12 September 2012. All welcome to attend. Further details at

Tom Hyatt's Report on his Neuropsychology course: The Brain @ University College London

Taking up opportunities to attend university open days and summer courses will open up your mind to the possibilities of going to university and also provide you with some real experience that you could comment on in your personal statement.
Below is Tom Hyatt's experience of taking up one such opportunity.
In the spring term I was made aware of a new and exciting opportunity being run by UCL Horizons – in the summer term. The application process was a little daunting at first, knowing that there would only be 15 places available for this years’ course. I had to write a 600-word summary of why I would have been the ideal candidate for the course, and why I wanted to attend. This then had to be sent off directly to UCL with a reference from Miss Beer, and within two weeks my place was confirmed. The University is a very welcoming place, with all tutors and general admissions staff being approachable and helpful.
The course ran every Wednesday evening for 7 weeks at the University itself. The timing of the course allowed students to experience what travelling to and from UCL was like, on a normal working day. Each week I learnt about a different area of the brain through: visual, practical, group, and independent tasks. In the first session, I was given a topic to research and present to the rest of the group on week 7, which was to be done in my own time. I had to create a 10-minute oral presentation (visual aids were allowed) and write a 1600 word essay on my topic – of which I chose eyewitness testimony. I found the cerebellum and the prefrontal cortex the most interesting as they contribute to so many unique functions, that a human being performs on a day-to-day basis. I would strongly recommend anyone that’s thinking of applying to go for it. Throughout the course I picked up and improved many other skills alongside knowledge of the brain; meeting new people, speaking in front of large groups of people, essay writing, and advice on what makes the perfect UCAS statement.

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and would recommend it to any Year 12 hoping to go into psychology/neuropsychology in the future.