Year 12 Residential

In 2017 the University of Exeter will be hosting two Year 12 Summer Residentials, featuring a number of different academic programmes, across two different campuses. More details about each can be found below so take a look at the dates and academic programmes to help you decide which would be most relevant for you before you book.  The dates for these two events will be as follows -


Note – places on each academic activity strand are limited and will be prioritised using the eligibility criteria detailed below. If you are successful we will try and arrange for you to attend your first choice strand however unfortunately this may not always be possible, so you should consider both first and second choices carefully.

Who can attend?

As places on our residential events are limited only students that meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply -

  • You are a participant in the Realising Opportunities programme

OR

  • You must be studying at an eligible school in the UK (as determined by the University of Exeter) 

       PLUS

  • You have achieved a minimum of 6 B’s and 2 C’s at GCSE (or equivalent) to include Maths and English at grade C or above (some subject strands may need you to also have specific A levels/ GCSE grades)

PLUS Either 

  • You live in a neighbourhood where a low percentage of young people progress to higher education as defined by your home postcode

Or we will also consider applications from students where one or more of the following applies:

  1. You live in a low income neighbourhood as defined by home postcode
  2. You are in receipt of free school meals
  3. You are eligible for school bursaries
  4. Your parents have not studied at university
  5. You are or have been living in care 
  6. You have caring responsiblities

How do I book a place?

Booking will open in April 2017 and will be coordinated on a invitation only basis through eligible schools with an application deadline of Friday 26th May 2017.

If you are a TEACHER interested in nominating your students for places on the residential please contact us with your name and school details.

If your school has requested places on one of these events and has nominated you to apply then further information about how to book will be sent to you directly.

If you are a REALISING OPPORTUNITIES participant then you should enquire online for more information about booking.

Available Academic Programmes

In 2017 subject themed academic programmes will be availble in the following areas -

All of the academic programmes will be interactive with some including field trip opportunities and all offering the chance to use some of the fantastic facilities available to students across our campuses.

At the point of applying you will be asked to select your first and second choice subject activity strand and will then be allocated a place on the relevant residential.  Details of the locations for the various subject activity strands can be seen above.

An overview of what to expect from each strand can be found below -

Penryn Campus Residential

The Cornwall Year 12 Residential will last five days, from Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July 2017 (times tbc), and is based on the University of Exeter Penryn Campus. At this event the academic strands will be delivered alongside a social programme designed to help you get to know the area and the campus. 

Academic Programme at Penryn

Engineering Clean Energy (Renewable Energy & Engineering)

The increasing demand on energy and electricity means that we need to find new and innovative ways to create this with minimum impact on the environment. Our Clean Energy department looks at ways to solve this ever growing problem. While you are with us, you will get the opportunity to see the leading research we are doing in this area as well as getting involved with a number of hands on activities.

Throughout the residential we will be looking at the engineering principles and how they apply to the creation of new renewable energy technologies, a great way to see principles actively applied to create real world solutions.  You will have the opportunity to experiment with hands on workshops, hear inspiring talks from our lecturers and researchers and experience university life on the Penryn Campus. We will also have the opportunity to visit a local wind and solar operation to see how it is run from day to day.

Requirements:

Priority will be given to those studying A level Mathematics

Life: The weird and wonderful (Biosciences)

Biology is the study of life, from the microscopic bacteria on our skin to the enormous blue whales inhabiting the oceans. As biologists we ask questions about living organisms and how they interact with their environment. We try to understand the weird and wonderful behaviours that we observe and why these vary among different individuals and species. We study the evolutionary processes that produced the amazing diversity of life on Earth and how we can best conserve it.

Our activities will hopefully provide an insight into life as a bioscience student. We believe in research-inspired teaching, and this will be reflected in the activities we run including lab work, a field trip and research project and interacting with our current students.

Through this strand, you will broaden your knowledge of the bioscience subjects taught on the Penryn Campus: animal behaviour, conservation biology and ecology, marine biology, evolutionary biology, and zoology. You will experience these areas and gain experience of different university learning styles in the classroom, lab, and in the field. Activities will include a laboratory practical, mini research conference led by our post-graduate students, and a marine biology themed fieldtrip which will give you the opportunity to explore some of Cornwall’s amazing wildlife. During all of these activities you will be joined by students and staff from the Centre for Ecology and Conservation and will be able to find out more about their research and where a degree in biosciences could take you. This is the perfect opportunity for budding scientists to learn more about what studying biosciences at university is all about!

Requirements:

In the event of this subject strand being oversubscribed priority for places will be given to students studying A Level Biology

History and Politics

The globalising world in which we live presents us with a multitude of opportunities and challenges. Combining a historical perspective with political thought enables us to think through how we can move forward though contemporary issues. You will take a journey following the human race through historic times and different spaces from British & European to Global History focusing on the specialisms of the University of Exeter’s historians.

Through this thematic programme you also will explore how political change happens, the role of government, campaign groups, and other organisations at a local through to a global level, and whether the structures that have developed are inclusive, accessible and effective. You will look at the practical challenges of modern espionage and examine some of the ethical challenges facing the intelligence agencies and our government. You will also investigate how far should politics get involved in trying to make us happy, how governments measure happiness and what they do with the results.

Requirements:

You do not need to be studying a specific A level to take part in this subject strand

Social Programme at Penryn

Going to university is about the whole student experience and so while you’re in Cornwall you will take part in a team scavenger hunt challenge in Falmouth to find out a bit more about the area and weather permitting take advantage of the stunning beaches on offer.

In the evenings we have planned a pizza night, a quiz night and to make the most of the fact that you’ll be staying in student flats you’ll get to try your hand at a bit of home cooking when we set you the challenge of cooking dinner for you and your flat mates!

All your meals, your transport and the activities will be provided so the event is entirely free for successful applicants! You can register your interest now using the tab on the left hand menu.

Streatham Campus Residential

The Exeter Year 12 Residential will last four days, from Tuesday 25th July to Friday 28th July 2017, and is based on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus. At this event the academic strands will be delivered alongside a social programme designed to help you get to know the area and the campus.

Academic Programme at Streatham

Border Crossings: Literatures, Languages and Cultures in a Global World (English Literature and Modern Languages)

Language enables us to communicate, to learn and to understand and shape the world we live in. More than 6,000 languages are spoken by the world’s 7.5 billion-strong population, while the UK’s roughly 64 million inhabitants currently speak more than 100 languages. In this thematic strand we will think about how languages travel across borders in a global world. How can translation affect and broaden our understanding of books, films and poetry? How do the written and spoken word create and reinforce our identities as we travel between countries and cultures? How have language and culture united – and sometimes divided – communities? Through sessions on modern European literature and cinema, and English literature which emerges from foreign language sources, we will delve into – and try to answer – these intriguing questions.

You will participate in a programme of activities which will enable you to broaden your understanding of the ways in which languages travel across borders in a global world. You will watch and analyse an Italian romantic comedy film, examining the ways in which ideas about romance, love and marriage translate onto the contemporary Italian screen. You will explore recent French history and current French identity using a range of texts written during the period following the Second World War. You will also have the opportunity to explore the University Library, and to discover how students and university teachers carry out research into literature, history and culture. Subsequent parts of the programme will explore the ways in which translated texts and ideas form the basis of what we think of as English literature, from the Greek and Anglo-Saxon poems The Odyssey and Beowulf, right through to modern translations in prose and poetry which disprove the idea of language as just a barrier.

Requirements:

You do not need to be studying a Modern Language to take part in this thematic strand

Could you be an entrepreneur? (Business and Economics)

This thematic strand will provide you with an opportunity to find out more about what it would be like to study Accounting, Business & Management and Economics at university. This will include presentations led by academics from across the University of Exeter Business School who will share insights from their research. There will be plenty of exciting opportunities to explore your entrepreneurial potential: through team work, interactive activities and hands-on projects with current Business School students. You will develop your communication skills and techniques for generating business ideas… maybe in the future you could enter in to a Dragon’s Den?!!

Requirements:

Priority will be given to students who have a grade B in GCSE English Language alongside grade B in GCSE Mathematics

Fragments of the past (History)

This thematic strand will introduce you to different ways of thinking of and through the past in different times and different spaces. We shall introduce you to different forms of historical testimony – from monastic manuscripts to early film – and discuss how such historical fragments can help us to reconstruct aspects of the past. In each seminar you will not only study history but asked to be historians.

You will sample the University of Exeter History Department’s expertise in different forms of historical thought and analysis. We shall journey from medieval Europe to colonial India and the contemporary world and introduce you to different ways in which the past can be conceived, read and written.

Each seminar will be similar to how we teach undergraduates; not a lecture but a discussion based around a fragment of the past (such as the image reproduced on the opposite page). Through such fragments we shall discuss the different ways in which the past can be rethought – of political, social, cultural, economic, military, diplomatic and postcolonial histories.

This subject strand will act as both an introduction to history and equip you with the analytical skills necessary to succeed at university and beyond. It is not only a chance to experience what it is like to be a history undergraduate, but what it is like to be an historian.

Requirements:

You do not need to be studying specific A levels to take part in this strand, however if oversubscribed priority will be given to those studying History at A level.

Law and Politics

This exciting strand will introduce you to some of the specialisms of the University of Exeter’s Law and Politics departments. The thematic strand will help you to gain a wider understanding of the world by investigating both theoretical and practical problems via political analysis. You will couple this with an insight into different theoretical and social contexts from a legal perspective.

Through engagement with this strand you will have the opportunity to explore topical issues such as: 'gender issues in political engagement'; 'contemporary political theory and the concept of the political'; 'methods and methodological strategies for conducting research'; as well as experiencing a visit to Exeter's Combined Law Courts. Through these sessions you will benefit from the exciting range of teaching and research currently being conducted at the University of Exeter.

Requirements:

You do not need to be studying a specific A level to take part in this subject strand

The Middle East: Perception vs Reality (Arab and Islamic Studies)

The University of Exeter is one of Europe’s most renowned centres for research and teaching on the Arab and Muslim world. Through the course of this thematic programme, you are invited to take an intellectual journey through a tour of the University’s different interests; covering culture and contemporary issues within the study of the Middle East.

Some of the sessions you will encounter on the programme will range from “Gender and New Media in the Middle East”, “Dictatorship or Democracy, does it matter?”, “Magic, Medicine and Mischief in Medieval Arabic Literature, and why it still Matters today” and “Islam in Britain: Opportunities and Challenges”

Requirements:

You do not need to be studying a specific A Level to take part in this strand

Thinking outside the box (Psychology)

Psychology is all around us and touches upon every aspect of our lives and with a psychology degree you can open up some amazing opportunities. Through a series of workshops you will discover what psychology is about at university and where it could take you in the future. Not only will you look at why we do the things we do but you shall also find out about our more specialist areas of psychology research at Exeter, such as animal behaviour, health and sports psychology. With the support of our amazing staff, you will have the opportunity to conduct your own mini research project, collecting your own data and presenting your findings. Don’t miss this chance – see where psychology can take you!

Requirements:

You do not need to be studying specific A levels to take part in this strand, however if oversubscribed priority will be given to those studying a science subject at A level (this is not just limited to Biology/Human Biology*; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths*; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.

Priority will also be given to students who have a grade B in GCSE English Language alongside grade B in GCSE Mathematics

Social Programme at Streatham

Going to university is about the whole student experience and so while you’re in Exeter we will be sending you off for the afternoon on the Exeter City Scavenger Hunt, with the help of our student ambassadors, to find out a bit more about the area. You’ll also have the opportunity to relax in halls, develop your cooking skills and take part in a range of sporting activities (to suit all levels).

All your meals, your transport and the activities will be provided so the event is entirely free for successful applicants! You can register your interest now using the tab on the left hand menu.