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What is Accelerate?

Accelerate is a one-week programme, held at the University of Strathclyde, for pupils at the end of S4, S5 and S6 thinking about going to university. It aims to provide a targeted focus on the pupils' chosen area of academic interest, giving them a head start on the road to their chosen career.

Update - 20/06/2018

Please note that applications for Accelerate 2018 are now closed.

Teams of academic experts have put together week-long Challenges in each of these subjects to allow pupils to find out all about their area of interest and the career opportunities open to them. Led by undergraduate and postgraduate student mentors from the relevant fields, pupils will undertake a variety of group challenges, as well as attending a careers and industry afternoon.

Three of the Accelerate Challenges; Business, Chemistry and Product Design, have official accreditation on the SCQF Framework.  This means that there will be some assessment on these programmes and, should pupils pass this, they will gain 5 credits at level 7.  Level 7 is the same as Advanced Higher or first year University work.

If you would like to find out more about the individual Challenges, please click on the bold heading for the relevant Accelerate programme above.

Please note that Accelerate is not a residential course.

The dates and challenges for Accelerate 2018 are as follows:

Accelerate 1 (Monday 25th - Friday 29th June 2018)

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electronic & Electrical Engineering
  • Product Design

Accelerate 2 (Monday 2nd - 6th July 2018)

  • Business
  • Education
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Physics

Accelerate 2017

240 pupils, from 93 different schools, attended Accelerate in 2017. Here is what some of them had to say about the programme:

"This was such an amazing experience and the best part about my summer. Every day was so much fun and I had all my questions about university answered. I made friends for life and I wouldn’t change any of it. I am so lucky I was able to be part of this programme!"

"Mostly, the information I got from the programme, I would most likely not get from anywhere else in this much detail and time."

"It gives you essential knowledge to help with your future, which everyone should be able to know."

"A fantastic programme that has given knowledge and insight into chemistry and universities."

"Programme was very informative and allowed an insight into what real university is like."

"It was the best type of open day ever! I really enjoyed it and would love to do it again!! It helped me to become more confident and helped me decide what university I would like to go to. Thank you Strathclyde!"

"I thought it was fun to work in the labs and I learned a lot about chemistry and what it is like in university."

"It was beneficial to hear about different courses from mentors."

"It was an amazing week and it turned out better than I thought it would. I was able to participate in things I wouldn’t normally be able to. This week has also been super informative and all the students and staff have been helpful, especially my team leader. I know now that I certainly want to pursue a career in law."

"I am glad I got to do practical work I would not have got to do otherwise."

"The mentors were really lovely, especially my group mentor who was really helpful and helped us all to work together and get the most out of our time at Strathclyde."

"This programme has been very helpful in letting me know what a university involves this has given me good experience, also helped know what teaching courses involve."

"I really enjoyed this one week programme and I feel I have learnt a lot. This programme has helped me in choosing what type of engineering I would like to study. I am sad to see it come to an end and I am confident that what I have learnt was useful in my educational journey."

"I thought it was good to experience university life (lectures, tutorials) and I enjoyed designing the roller coaster."

"I’m really glad I got to be a part of this programme as now I have more experience at what it would be like in university."

"I enjoyed working with the mentors as well as meeting new people.  The environment was welcoming and I enjoyed every second of it!"

"It was enlightening to meet people from a diverse range of places and from various backgrounds. It opened my eyes to the reality of what a career in Computer Science entails and what significance a degree in Computer Science has."

"I also feel that the programme has provided me with better skills for meeting new people and working with a team."

The full Accelerate 2017 Programme Report will be available on this page shortly.