The new Sixth Formers are attending lectures that will teach them essential pre-university skills. The sessions cover topics to help them improve their study, research and writing skills. The intensive course will take place over two weeks as an introduction to their IEC studies. Students can opt to carry out professional or community placements, get involved in mentoring lower school students, or take part in the Young Enterprise scheme that encourages business and entrepreneurship. This year, for the first time, students will also be able to study Latin.
The first pre-university skills session, led by Mrs Duguid-Yeomans was about understanding the difference between primary and secondary material. The second session will be delivered by all of the teachers involved in the IEC and topics will include scientific, arts and humanities research, note-taking, plagiarism and structured writing for a specific audience.
Mrs Duguid-Yeomans said: ‘This is a short course preparing students for their experience in A Level and particularly university studies. However it is also about transferable skills that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. These include the ability to skim read, write coherently or the best way to conduct research.’