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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 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.

The 2019 programme runs from the 24th to the 28th of June and there are five subject areas that pupils can choose from, depending on their career aspirations:

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

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.

Two of the Accelerate Challenges (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.

Please note that Accelerate is not a residential course.

If you would like to find out more about the individual Challenges, please click on the link below.



Changes for the 2019 Accelerate Programme

We have re-modelled the Accelerate programme for 2019 and all places on the programme will now be fully funded and awarded to pupils based on certain Widening Access criteria that the university uses within its Widening Participation Strategy and Contextual Data in Admissions Policy. The deadline for potential applicants is the 26th of April 2019. After the set deadline, we will assess all applicants and award places based on these criteria. If you are interested in making an individual application for a funded place, please use the link above.

Accelerate 2018 Review

221 pupils, from 74 schools and 19 local authorities across Scotland, completed the 2018 Accelerate programme. Here is what some of them had to say about the programme:

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


“I thought it was an amazing opportunity to learn about what a career in law involves and get a taste of being a real life lawyer.”


“Great insight into what university would be like.”

“I enjoyed learning about University life.”

“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.”

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

“A good way to improve my confidence.”

“It was a fun and useful experience that has made me more confident in what university life is like.”

“Very useful in helping me decide on my future career as a scientist.”

“The programme has helped me decide what kind of engineering I would like to study.”

“I thought it was extremely interesting and now I am 100% sure I want to study law.”

“It helped me become more confident and helped me decide what university I would like to go to. Thank you Strathclyde!”

“The mentors were the best!”

“The mentors were very helpful, informative and supportive.”

“It was a great experience and I really enjoyed working with my group and mentor to complete the challenge.”

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

“I think the S@S Accelerate programme was an amazing experience. It improved upon my knowledge and skills needed in computing.”

“I developed many new skills and learned many new things.”

“I thought the programme helped me improve my group skills.”

“It allowed me to work with new people and develop/ improve specific skills.”

“A great way to meet new people.”

“Loved meeting so many new people.”

“This has been an amazing experience.”

“Overall it was a wonderful experience.”

“Excellent programme, would encourage as many people as possible to take part.”

 “It was a really fun experience.”

“Enjoyable, fun, very interesting, well thought out activities, very informative”