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Students step up to a Russell Group university

18 March 2022  |  Jill Lundberg  |  Posted in: ,

A group of Year 12 students at Richmond Sixth Form College have achieved places on the ‘Next Step Programme’ at The University of York, a prestigious Russell Group University.

The thirteen students will take part in the personalised two-year programme for students in the north of England, which delivers opportunities to explore university options and receive specialist support with their current studies.

The college has a very strong relationship with The University of York and students have joined Next Step for a number of years, with 2022 seeing the largest cohort yet, and the second-highest number of students accepted onto the programme of any school invited to join.

Next Step offers mentoring, a student conference and a summer school.  Students can also access the online interactive hub to book events, take part in online activities and meet their personal student supporter. Each activity or event is worth credits and students are encouraged to build a complete programme of activities which unlocks a host of additional benefits in the second year of the programme, such as guaranteed offers, alternative offers, and possible financial support.

Ms Mannion, Careers Leader said: “We are delighted that so many of our students are taking part in Next Step. It is one of the leading higher education programmes and helps students to understand more about university and what studying at a Russell Group University involves.”

“All sixth form students benefit from our Learning for Life programme which covers post-18 options, university courses, degree apprenticeships, summer schools and UCAS events. Next Step York really enhances the programme for these students.”

Ms Johnson, Assistant Headteacher, Transition added “Ioanna Pampalou from Year 13 has completed Next Step and instead of the standard offer of AAA, she now has an offer of BBC for a degree in Physics at The University of York and she is over the moon – of course she will still be aiming for three grade As!”

Including The University of York, there are 24 Russell Group universities in the UK, including Oxford and Cambridge, which all have a shared focus on research and a reputation for academic achievement.

Further information about the programme can be found at Next Steps.

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