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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.

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.

Four of the Accelerate Challenges; Business, Chemistry, Psychology 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 2017 are as follows:

Accelerate 1 (Monday 26th - Friday 30th June 2017)

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

Please note that the Sports Challenge is no longer running in 2017.

Accelerate 2 (Monday 24th - Friday 28th July 2017)

  • Business and Enterprise
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Physics

Accelerate 2016

258 pupils, from 75 different schools, attended Accelerate in 2016. Here is what some of them had to say about the programme:

“It was beneficial in showing me what an engineering course at university would be like such as the areas you study and the projects you do.”

“I had a great time and really enjoyed being able to get a taster of what studying chemistry would be like.”

“It was really helpful and interesting. It was useful to learn about how university work is done and trying it for ourselves. The week was really enjoyable and helpful!”

“Good experience that offered a better insight into university and the various courses offered.“

“I really enjoyed this programme because it has opened my mind to different ideas that business has, such as marketing and enterprises.”

“It was a good experience to get more of an insight to what a career in law would involve and what the course would involve.”

“It was an eye opening experience which allowed me to understand the process of product designers and the challenges they face along the way.”

“I really enjoyed the programme and it helped me to gain more knowledge about what the Psychology course and a career in psychology would involve.”

“All the activities were so fun and interesting, and it has helped reassure me that I can do psychology in the future“

“I thought it was very useful and allowed me to feel more confident being independent and working with new people.”

“It was quite a challenging experience giving me some insight as to what it could be like to be a student and it made more become familiar with the campus environment and grow some confidence in myself.”

“The best part was probably getting to meet the mentors as they were able to give us a first hand insight into what life at university is like and what opportunities are available to us.”

“All of the mentors were helpful and approachable”

“The mentors were helpful and explained different aspects of the weeks and the assessment very well.”

“The Accelerate education programme greatly increased my confidence in both communicating in a group and presenting in front of a class. The course also improved my teamwork and social confidence, as well as make me confident in my future.”

“I feel I am much more confident than at the beginning of the week. I would highly recommend this programme to other people.”

“It allowed me to meet people I otherwise would never have met and has prepared me for similar experiences if I get into university.”

“I became a lot more confident around new people and became more willing to express my opinion.”

“I felt really challenged and often out of my comfort zone.  Which has been unbelievably beneficial for me especially at this age”

“Helped me to develop teamwork/leadership skills.”

“It was helpful in developing my presentation/communication skills.”

“The programme was brilliant. I met lots of people, became confident on presenting, now know the campus better and what the course consists of. Would recommend it!“

“I enjoyed this programme as it allowed for a chance to speak to people who are my age who are also interested in the same subjects as I am.”

Please click on the link to read the Accelerate 2016 Programme Report.