Academic Opportunities

The 2018 Scottish Space School residential summer school will be held at the University of Strathclyde from 10-15 June 2018 and applications are now being invited via the online application system. 

Now in its 15th year at the University, the Scottish Space School continues to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists and is aimed at S5 pupils in Scotland currently studying Maths and Science subjects at Higher level. 

Applications must be made online and further information and the online application form is available at:

further information or questions regarding the programme: .

Are you considering a career in medicine or healthcare?

The RSM have introduced a Sixth Form Student Membership which can help you on your way. The membership is designed to give you invaluable guidance, prepare you for when you apply to medical school or similar, as well as useful insights into what a career in healthcare is like.

Sixth Form Student Membership has a one-off cost of £35. Students must be 16+ to apply.

For further information, contact the Membership Department on 0207 290 2991 or email

Application forms can be found at under the About Us section.

Mrs Iafrate

Applications for Nuffield Research Placements 2018 have now opened.

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at current 5th year pupils who are studying any STEM subject. They are now also placing students into Social Science placements where there is an aspect of analysis, statistical investigation and mathematics involved, so the placements are very wide ranging.

The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. They also provide students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers.

All applicants should have at least five National 5 Grade B or above, including maths, a science subject, and English or another humanities subject.

Apply at:     Closing Date: 6th March 2018

Let Mrs Iafrate know if you decide to apply


Girls aged 15-17 from schools across the UK are invited to apply for a fully funded place at this unique residential conference hosted by the University of Aberdeen. Dates: 30th July – 1st August

The conference will provide a wonderful opportunity to explore engineering both in a university setting and in the workplace. Staying in halls of residence supervised by experienced teachers, successful applicants will benefit from a travel bursary and a highly interactive programme rich with hands-on activities and face to face contact with female engineers. A visit to the Integrated Operations Centre at Chevron’s headquarters in Aberdeen will also allow participants to interact with engineers working on and offshore.

Online Applications now open

If you apply please let Mrs Iafrate know.

Are you interested in undertaking an engineering degree at university but have not achieved the minimum higher grades required for entry?  The University of Strathclyde Engineering Academy provides an alternative pathway to gain access to the same degrees for motivated students with a minimum of 4 Highers (including Maths and Physics) at Grade B.

If you are interested in finding out more about this route to a highly sought after engineering degree speak to Mr McGinlay for more details.

An information seminar will be offered to S5 pupils considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge.  Although the event is hosted by Cambridge university, it will also be invaluable to those of you considering making an application to Oxford.  Please register your interest in attending with Mrs Thomson as soon as possible.​

The Residential will take place on Mon 9th April – Fri 13th April. It is free to attend and students will stay for 4 nights at either Selwyn College or Homerton College, where accommodation and meals will be provided for the duration of their stay. Travel will also be organised and paid for by the Colleges, ensuring that all successful applicants can attend. 

The aims of this Residential are:

  • To provide participants with an insight into student life at a highly selective university
  • To offer participants opportunities to try out a range of different subjects and experience university-style teaching
  • To meet other students from Scotland and participate in social events to make new friends (just like students at university!)

To provide information and guidance on future choices such as Highers/Advanced Higher (or equivalent) subject choices

The deadline for applications is Friday 23rd February.  Please see Mrs Thomson for information on how to apply.

We’re really excited to announce that applications are open for our annual Women in Science Residential, taking place during the Easter holiday, 2018. 
Female students in S4, who are thinking about continuing with sciences at Higher level and beyond, then this residential is for you!

Dates: Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th April 2018 

Year 12 Masterclasses
In 2018, Pembroke is delighted to be re-launching our series of Year 12 Masterclasses. These sessions will cover a range of subject areas, and will enable students to:

  • Explore subjects they are considering studying at university in greater depth
  • Gain new insight in to university style teaching
  • Visit Pembroke, see what Cambridge and Pembroke have to offer
  • Meet current students to find out what being a student at Cambridge is really like
  • Gain experiences that will be useful in writing their personal statements

Confirmed subjects so far include Architecture; Biological Natural Sciences; Engineering; History and Human, Social and Political Sciences. More will be added to the schedule shortly!


  • Saturday 24th March (Engineering, History and Human, Social and Political Sciences)
  • Monday 9th April (Architecture and Biological Natural Sciences)

Please see Mrs Thomson for more information on how to apply and the eligiblity criteria for these programmes.

UNIQ is a range of free access programmes run by the University of Oxford for S5 pupils.  Courses are available in a range of subject areas.  Detailed eligibility and selection criteria can be found on the UNIQ website

The flagship summer schools programme offer pupils the opportunity to spend a week staying at the university, attending an academic programme and participating in social activities in the evening.

UNIQ Spring is a 3 day residential event in the Easter holidays.

UNIQ Digital is an online learning platform which runs from March to October offering courses and content about studying at the University of Oxford.

Applications open at 10am on Thursday 14th December and close at 11pm on Wednesday 31st January.

Please see Mrs Thomson to review the programme brochure which contains more detailed information on each of the programmes.