If you need help improving your university application, or if you're unsure if university is the right choice for you, we're here to help.
The UCLan Scholars Programme will prepare you for the future. You can explore options and gain unique experiences to help you make informed choices. All whilst securing the skills and knowledge to impress universities and employers.
How can our UCLan Scholars Programme help you?
The programme takes part over several workshops and sessions. These will help you complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice. You'll write a 1,000 - 2,000 word essay and create an academic poster.
When does it start and what does it include?
The programme will run from January to December. The workshops that you will need to attend are listed below.
An opportunity to meet your Mentor and for parents and carers to find out more about the Scholars Programme.
Learn all the tools you need to get started on your research project.
An online session with your Student Mentor and peers from your subject. Get advice on moving your project forward.
A chance to develop your confidence in talking about your project.
Check in with your Mentor and get support with the final stages of your project.
Learn how to design an engaging academic poster.
Get advice on writing an attention-grabbing personal statement. This includes special insider tips for those applying for competitive courses such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary sciences.
Show off your academic poster. Celebrate your success with parents, carers, Student Mentors and new-found friends.
What will the independent research project look like?
Your independent research project involves a 1,000 to 2,000 word written essay and an academic poster. For creative subjects, the project may take a different form like a portfolio, artwork, or a piece of creative writing. The project will build your confidence and help you decide whether university study is for you.
What subject can I choose?
It's completely up to you what you wish to do your project on. It may be based on your hobbies and interests or curiosity. You could choose a competitive field to give your application an edge (such as Medicine or Veterinary Medicine). Alternatively, selecting a topic related to your current studies could enhance your grades.
Medicine is an extremely competitive course year on year and the application process for medicine courses is complex. It differs significantly from other university applications. To be successful, you must know the process and what is required of you in advance. Our medicine pathways offer extra sessions and guidance to help you stand out and excel in applications and interviews.
How do I become a Scholar?
Applications are now open for our Scholars Programme 2024.
To apply you must be a Year 12 student in September 2023 and live within travelling distance of Preston, Lancashire. All scholars will need to attend the on-campus sessions to complete the programme.