Our Futures Programmes are designed to introduce our Advanced Academy students to specific careers as part of their extra-curricular studies. The programmes are designed to develop interests in areas such as Medicine, Science, Sports Science and Teaching to broaden student’s knowledge and understanding of these vocations. We also deliver programmes that support applications to Oxford and Cambridge as well as Mathematics courses at all universities.
The aims of these courses are to introduce students to topics away from the curriculum for research, interest or discussion. For some students this leads onto individual study as part of an EPQ Extended Project Qualification) which is highly regarded by the top universities.
Students will have the opportunity to visit businesses and universities as well as attend guest lectures as part of the programme. This can lead to work experience in these areas which is essential for university applications.
Students can opt to take one or more of these courses when applying for the Advanced Academy.
Our students can achieve anything they want to! This includes gaining places at our most prestigious institutions. The course introduces students to life at Oxford and Cambridge, outlines the opportunities and benefits of attending these universities and challenges the perceptions students may have about them, and the people who study there!
The application process to Oxford and Cambridge is different to that of the other higher education institutions. An application is made through UCAS, the University admissions organisation but there is an earlier application deadline, as well as an additional application form for Cambridge applicants. The high percentage of students requiring interviews and additional entrance exams means that further support is required to increase chances of success.
Our Oxbridge programme begins in Year 10 with Excel programme and continues once students join the Advanced Academy. Students with a high number of A* and A grades at GCSE are offered the chance to join the group. Their academic performance is monitored carefully throughout Year 12 to ensure they are supported to perform to the highest levels. After Christmas, students get the chance to visit the two universities on residential visits. They are encouraged to study for an EPQ and apply for the Nuffield and Sutton Trust summer schools which provide outstanding opportunities to learn from the finest academic experts in their field. In Year 13 students meet their tutor on a weekly basis until the interviews take place in December.
As part of the wider opportunities offered within Tretherras Advanced Academy, students can get a real experience of life from the other side of the desk! As well as taking part in professional development meetings, teaching seminars and teaching & learning workshops, our Future Teachers also experience teaching from within the classroom. Buddying with outstanding classroom practitioners, Future Teachers students take part in early years, primary, secondary or even further education classes in subjects in which they have strengths and enjoy. Working with experienced teachers and younger pupils provides a very real experience of the profession; Future Teachers will learn how to lead groups, model tasks and enthuse young people in their learning. This style of teaching practice is recognised by all universities and colleges offering courses in teaching, and can fulfil part of the entry requirements for Bachelor of Education degree courses.
As part of the scheme, students will take part in a cross-school seminar with guest educationalists who will inform and inspire, providing valuable insights into the profession.
The Future Teachers scheme facilitates a real partnership between school and student, promoting excellence in teaching, learning and leadership.
Elite institutions expect more than just academic success from applicants for places. This is certainly the case in mathematics, where places on courses are in extremely high demand.
There is a very good reason for this; maths graduates are highly employable and have a skillset that is unparalleled. Moreover, maths is a fascinating and beautiful subject. If you wish to see how maths can be stunningly beautiful, do a quick online image search for ‘fractals’.
The Future Mathematicians programme is about providing you with opportunity to experience and appreciate some of the maths that exists beyond the scope of A Level Maths and Further Maths. One of the fundamental differences between school and university mathematics is the shift from solution to proof. Through this programme you will meet some of the most remarkable proofs and theorems of all time. We will study and discuss some superb and ground-breaking mathematical texts, thus exposing you to the kind of exploration and further reading referred to in the above quote. This programme is designed to support those students who have aspirations to read mathematics at university, particularly at Oxbridge/Russell Group institutions.
At Newquay Tretherras we look to give students the right guidance and support in preparation for a successful career in Medicine. Medics can only apply to 5 medical schools, and their deadline is the 15th of October each year. In order to apply students are supported to develop their knowledge and understanding of the profession as well as achieve the A* and A grades expected of them.
Students on the programme experience a range of medical disciplines. They attend medical conferences, engage in workshops run by Medical students on different medical issues, as well as being mentored by them in their studies.
This year students have taken part in an Ethical conference at the Atlantic Centre, which was chaired by the Associate Dean of Exeter Medical School, and attended various University Open days to get a feel of what it is like to study Medicine at different institutions.
Students who see the scheme through at our Advanced Academy will gain continued guidance on university subject requirements with the help of an academic mentor. Students are expected to undertake work experience over the two years and read widely about the medical issues and advances that are constantly being made.
TRETHERRAS ASPIRATIONAL SCIENCE CONSORTIUM (TASC)
Science courses at University are amongst the most popular and valued degrees, and as a result are incredibly competitive. This course offers Science students the chance to further their knowledge in their chosen subject as well as the opportunity to attend specialist lectures and seminars to give them the edge when applying for university courses in Year 13. It is a huge benefit to students thinking of careers in highly regarded science disciplines such as Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry.
Students are supported by staff them during their studies, who will provide extra reading and work to develop their understanding of topics. TASC runs as an extra-curricular programme, with students combining visits and guest lectures alongside their Science studies. This supports their curriculum studies whilst also providing opportunities to extend their experience of science within 6th form and beyond.
The course allows students to follow their own interests as well as be guided through the key scientific issues of the day. The chance to carry out extended practical experiments, investigating science beyond the curriculum, is one of the key features of this programme. University and workplace visits are central to the programme to allow students the chance to see how science is used and applied in the real world.
The Internship week at the end of Year 12 provides the opportunity for TASC students to complete a science-based work experience, undertake a research project or visit a specific university or place of interest. For example, we have a number of students attend summer residentials as part of the Nuffield Trust programme. Staff will guide students in organising this as it forms a vital component of the university application process in Year 13.