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ACCESS RGU

Schools Engagement Programmes

ACCESS RGU works in partnership with various schools across Scotland, to provide a range of engagement programmes throughout the year. These programmes aim to support the transition from school to university.

RGU’s ‘Access To’ and ‘ACES’ programmes run from November 2021 until December 2021.

Access To Programme

Access To is a six-week programme for S5/S6 pupils, running from 9 November 2021, delivered through MS Teams (Classroom). The Access To programme offers subject-focused sessions and support sessions, delivered by RGU’s academic teaching staff and the Widening Access Team.

Both elements are designed to help you make informed decisions about your future career and prepare you for higher education level study at college or university.

Spaces are limited and are subject to availability. Applicants who meet wider access criteria markers will be prioritised.

Subject Areas

Access To provides pupils interested in studying the following subject areas with a practical insight to the subject areas:

Business Management

Are you entrepreneurial and interested in business connected learning? Do you enjoy a challenge and team competition?

Journalism & Media

Are you interested in finding out more about the fast-paced, exciting media industry? Would you like to know more about careers in journalism and the media?

Computing

Are you interested in software design and development? Do you want to learn about cyber security and digital painting?

Engineering

Are you interested in power generation and the design, construction and operation of machines? Do you want to learn more about mechanical and electrical engineering?

Health Professions

Are you caring, practical and have attention to detail? Do you enjoy working with people and as part of a team?

Law/Law & Management

Are you interested in law? Would you like to learn more about the legal profession?

Life Sciences

Are you scientific, analytical and enjoy problem solving? Are you interested in finding out more about careers in Biomedical Science, Applied Bioscience, Forensic & Analytical Science or in Food, Nutrition and Human Health?

Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Practice

Would you like to join a profession that really makes a difference to people’s lives? Are you caring and compassionate about engaging with people and helping them throughout times of joy and sadness?

Tourism, Hospitality and Events

Are you interested in finding out more about different cultures and countries around the world?

 

Benefits of Access To

  • Gain knowledge in a variety of degree subjects
  • Develop confidence in applying for degree courses at RGU
  • Gain invaluable experience that can be used in UCAS application personal statements
  • Develop an understanding of RGU courses ahead of starting university
  • Achieve a certificate once you have completed the programme
  • An introduction to the university environment and student life.
  • Support to develop transferable skills – problem-solving, teamwork, communication, presentation.
  • Independent study.
  • Advice and support to make informed decisions about your future.
  • Advice on careers, pathways and progression.
  • An RGU student card and access to the library and online learning resources, along with access to retail discounts via our Associate Student Scheme.

Testimonial

“I am so thankful that I got to take part in this experience and had the chance to meet so many lovely people as well as learn skills which will help prepare me for a future university course. It has also showed me that university isn’t as scary of a place as I thought it would be and I can’t wait to come back and study!”

Delivery

  • This programme will be delivered virtually through MS Teams (Classroom).
  • Sessions will take place on Tuesdays between 16:30 – 18:00 each week.

Pupils attending any school within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are invited to apply.

Pupils attending some out of region schools are also invited to apply:

  • Alness Academy
  • Arbroath Academy
  • Baldragon Academy
  • Braeview Academy
  • Brechin High School
  • Craigie High School
  • Elgin High School
  • Invergordon Academy
  • Inverness High School
  • Kinlochleven High School
  • Lochaber High School
  • Lossiemouth High School
  • Morgan Academy
  • St John’s RC Academy
  • St Paul’s RC Academy
  • Tain Royal Academy
  • Wick High School
 

ACES Programme

ACES is a six-week programme for S5/S6 pupils, running from 9th November 2021. This year, RGU is offering two versions of this programme: one for schools in-region (Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire), and another for targeted schools out of region (more information below).

ACES provides pupils interested in studying Architecture & Built Environment or Art & Design with a practical insight to the subject areas.

Spaces are limited and are subject to availability. Applicants who meet wider access criteria markers will be prioritised. 

Subjects

Architecture

Are you interested in studying Architecture & Built Environment? Would you like to join a forward thinking and multidisciplinary school, where innovative design meets contemporary practice?

This programme will develop your creative ideas with support from architecture lecturers.

The programme is open to pupils who are passionate about architecture and who are considering making an application to:

Art & Design

Do you want to be an artist or a designer? Are you interested in studying creative courses at degree level?

This programme will provide you with an opportunity to develop your creative ideas with support from art and design lecturers. All materials are provided.

The programme is open to pupils who are passionate about art and design and who are considering making an application to:

Benefits of ACES

  • Gain knowledge in art and design or architecture 
  • Develop confidence in applying for degree courses at RGU
  • Gain invaluable experience that can be used in UCAS application personal statements
  • Develop an understanding of RGU ahead of starting university
  • Achieve a certificate once you have completed the programme
  • An introduction to the university environment and student life.
  • Support to develop transferable skills – problem-solving, teamwork, communication, presentation.
  • Independent study.
  • Advice and support to make informed decisions about your future.
  • Advice on careers, pathways, and progression.
  • An RGU student card and access to the library and online learning resources, along with access to retail discounts via our Associate Student Scheme.
  • Each in-region course will have an on-campus offering, however spaces are limited and subject to availability, in which case you may receive a digital delivery offer instead.

Delivery (In-region courses)

  • This programme will be delivered through a blended model on online and on campus sessions.
  • Sessions will take place on Tuesdays between 16:30 – 18:00 each week.

Delivery (Out of region courses)

  • Gain access to 5 pre-recorded interactive engagement sessions for you to follow in your own time, giving you a practical insight to your chosen subject area.
  • You will receive a supporting material pack to accompany the digital pre-recorded sessions and you will be invited to a local ‘Hub’ area to attend a 6th session in person with our RGU teaching staff.

Pupils from other schools are invited to apply:

  • Alness Academy
  • Arbroath Academy
  • Brechin High School
  • Elgin High School
  • Invergordon Academy
  • Inverness High School
  • Kinlochleven High School
  • Lochaber High School
  • Lossiemouth High School
  • Tain Royal Academy
  • Wick High School
 

How to apply

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