FREE Easter Planning and Design Workshops Deadline 17th March

FREE Easter Planning and Design Workshops

Are you aged 14-18 and interested in design? Do you work with young people interested in how places are designed? We’re currently recruiting 50 budding designers for our FREE Easter School sponsored by University of Liverpool School of Environmental Sciences.

After our highly successful Easter School last year we’re thrilled to be working with University of Liverpool again to deliver our second programme running 10th – 13th April. Taking place in Liverpool, the programme will give participants a unique insight into the wide range of courses and careers in urban design and planning, a sector very much in demand.

The fun, hands-on programme will cover topics including site analysis, designing for communities, regeneration, masterplanning and design skills. Participants will develop skills and gain an invaluable experience to include on CVs and university applications.

The programme will be run by our fantastic Ambassadors who work in the built environment, and university students, giving a unique opportunity to find out what studying and working in the sector is really like.

If you are interested in design, geography, communities and cities this is a great opportunity to learn about career paths, develop skills, boost your CV whilst having fun. Our holiday programmes are very popular, with feedback from last year including:

  • Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to take part in this workshop. It has inspired me to consider planning as a future career
  • I really enjoyed the workshop, made new friends and learned so much. I hope you have more workshops like this in the future
  • I enjoyed modelling buildings and streets whilst considering the impact on people, meeting new people and debating our ideas and opinions
  • It has broadened my communication skills and opened me up to new opportunities.

Conditions and how to apply

  • The Easter School is completely FREE to attend. Participants need to pay for their own travel and lunch
  • The Easter School require no school representatives
  • The programme is being delivered in University of Liverpool in Liverpool city centre and is open to young people from across the region
  • Places will be allocated based on the submission of an application form that can be downloaded here Easter School 2017 University of Liverpool
  • Please send the completed form to to apply
  • Places are strictly limited to 50 participants.
  • Participants are expected to commit to all four days of the course
  • Deadline for applications is 17th March 2017. If spaces are available after this date we will still accept applications
  • The programme is not residential.
  • The days run from 9.30-4pm Monday to Wednesday. The Thursday session will finish at the later time of 7.30pm. This is to allow parents to attend a presentation evening from 6pm, see the work produced and ask the University staff and the PLACED team questions they may have
  • A poster can be downloaded for printing here Easter School A3 Poster

Army Apprenticeships

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Army apprenticeships

The Army has the largest apprenticeship programme in the country, with about 95 per cent of new soldiers taking part and over 8,000 completing their apprenticeship training each year.
Army apprenticeships are part of a nationally recognised scheme, giving soldiers the chance to work for an employer at the same time as studying for a relevant, work-based qualification.

Each apprenticeship fits in with military training and is closely related to a soldier’s Army role, so as well as becoming a better soldier, they are working towards a qualification that will be valued by civilian employers. Apprenticeships in the Army are delivered on full pay.

There are two apprenticeship levels:

Apprenticeship Level 2

Level 2 apprenticeships are equivalent to five good GCSE passes.

Military trade training forms the core of this level. A range of key skills qualifications (including literacy and numeracy) are completed, and a technical certificate is gained. By the end of the apprenticeship, soldiers are skilled Army tradesman, and are rewarded with an NVQ Level 2.

Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

Level 3 apprenticeships are equivalent to two A-level passes.

These apprenticeships apply to the Army’s technical trades. Advanced apprentices gain the relevant technical certificates through their trade training as well as an NVQ Level 3 and key skills. To qualify for an advanced apprenticeship, five GCSEs at grade C or above are required. Alternatively, a Level 2 Army apprenticeship is acceptable.

An Army apprenticeship is only the start. Every job in the Army offers the opportunity to progress to gain professional skills leading to higher qualifications, including full Bachelors and Masters degrees.

Apprenticeship subjects

The aim of apprenticeships is to provide training that is closely linked to a job, so the apprenticeships offered reflect whatever Army role is chosen.

The Army offers apprenticeships in many careers, including:

  • engineering
  • information and communications technologies
  • construction
  • driving
  • animal care

New programmes to fit with Army training are being developed all the time.

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Free Summer School Residential Programme at University of Surrey. Deadline 22nd March 2017

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About Summer Schools at the University of Surrey
Our summer schools offer students a stimulating educational programme, focussed on learning subject specific courses at university level. Students will have the opportunity to learn in a top ten university, working with undergraduates, academic staff, and students from other schools.  The programmes will include lectures, seminars, practical activities, and a variety of fun social events each evening. 
This year, Surrey is offering a wide range of subjects for students to choose from, detailed in the list below. More information on each available subject can also be found in the included brochure and on our website,

The programmes are FREE for eligible students and the deadline for applications is Wednesday 22nd March.

Available Subjects are…

26 June – 28 June German French Spanish

3 July – 7 July Biomedical Science Nursing Paramedic Practice Veterinary Science Operating Department Practice Sports & Exercise Sciences Psychology Midwifery

10 July – 14 July Engineering & Physical Sciences Physics Maths Chemistry Chemical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Electronic Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Science

17 July – 21 July Business Law Media & Production Skills English & Creative Writing

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Thinking of Becoming a Vet? VETSIM INTENSIVE 2-day workshop in Nottingham on 15th-16th JUly.

A 2-day practical workshop for Year 12/13 students wanting to study veterinary medicine. Saturday/Sunday 15/16th July 2017 at the University of Nottingham.

The Skills

Learn a range of skills you will use as a veterinary student, from basic auscultation, ultrasound, and suturing, to animal cpr and simulated keyhole surgery.

The Practice

Use the skills that you’ve practised as you learn about and handle a variety of animals ranging from domestic rescue animals to exotics like meerkats and porcupines.

The Opportunities

Meet with an overseas veterinary school while at Vetsim, increasing your chance of winning a place to read veterinary medicine. Create your own Genetically Modified Organism for free, and much more.



Be taught and practise how to perform the most fundamental surgical skill.


Cats, dogs and farmyard animals will be the most common animals you’ll see as a vet but not the only ones! In this session, get hands on with and learn about some of the more exotic animals you might see during your career. Animals such as meerkats, porcupines, raccoons, wallabies and more!


Practice surgical techniques on keyhole surgery simulators, with miniature cameras and laparoscopic instruments.

ANIMAL CPR The animal’s heart has stopped, blood and oxygen are no longer circulating. Learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to keep your patient alive.

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY A fascinating practical presented by St George’s University.

VET STUDENT FORUM Meet current vet students face to face and find out what it takes to study veterinary medicine.

SMALL ANIMAL CLINIC Get hands on with the small animals that will make up most of the patients in a veterinary practice.

AUSCULTATION Learn how to use one of the most important tools at your disposal in your career as a vet.

ULTRASOUND See how ultrasound can be used to detect abnormalities and diagnose problems.

REPTILES Handle and learn about the common husbandry issues with snakes and lizards.

ANIMAL SANCTUARY Meet the animals who are abandoned and find out more about the invaluable service that our animal sanctuaries perform.

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A 2-day practical workshop for Year 12/13 students wanting to study medicine. Saturday/Sunday 15/16th July 2017 at the University of Nottingham.

The Skills

Learn a range of skills you will use as a medical student, from basic auscultation, blood pressure, phlebotomy, to triage and simulated keyhole surgery. Also, experience the future of medical teaching with virtual reality headsets.

The Practice

Use what you have learned in the skills sessions in Patient Rounds, where you will take case histories and attempt a diagnosis, and in the Emergency Callout, where you will work in real-time and under pressure to ‘save a life’.



Examining the eyes can help diagnose a variety of conditions. Gain practical experience of this invaluable skill.


Being a doctor is all about patient care. Learn how to take a case history and clerk and diagnose a selection of real patients.


Called to the scene of a simulated emergency, use the skills and techniques you have acquired to save a ‘life’.


Throughout Medsim, you can talk to UK and overseas medical students about their experiences and then ask specific questions in this special Surgery.


Practice surgical techniques on keyhole surgery simulators, with miniature cameras and laparoscopic instruments.


Learn how treatment can be prioritised in an emergency situation.


A fascinating practical presented by St George’s University.


Using a stethoscope, learn to take a patient’s BP and why it is so important in diagnosis.


See firsthand the future of medical teaching as you put on a VR headset and enter a virtual world.


Study the electrical activity of the heart. ULTRASOUND See how ultrasound can be used to detect abnormalities and diagnose problems.


Be taught and practise how to perform the most fundamental surgical skill.


Learn how to take blood and give injections in this simulation.


Medsim £295 (to include 1 night full board on university campus) Clinical Preparation FREE (to include free standard stethoscope) Stethoscope Upgrade £15 OnTrak £25 Credit Card fee £4 per delegate (Does not apply to debit cards or cheques) All prices INCLUDE VAT at 20%. BOOKING CONDITIONS

APPLY: Full booking conditions may be found on or by scanning the QR code.

The course is open to students who will be 16+ on 15th July 2017.


Three targeted online programmes, all timed to give you maximum support in gaining a place at the medical school of your choice.

Offered at a huge discount of just £25 for ALL THREE. Full details and terms at REVISION APRIL Advice and techniques to make your revision effective UKCAT & UCAS JULY Support and advice before you sit your UKCAT test and write your personal statement MED SCHOOL PREP SEPTEMBER What you need to know in the final stages of m

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Health Careers in The NHS

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Not sure where to start with the hundreds of careers in health? Use our compare roles section to get bite-size information on the entry requirements and training, pay and conditions, prospects and skills needed of up to three roles. If there is something that you think you could do, then get more in-depth information on the role.

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What IS An Apprenticeship?


Earn while you learn

For many, the later years at school can be frustrating when all you want to do is get out into the world, start working and earn a living.

Likewise, if you’re already working, you may be looking to try something new altogether or to improve your skills and knowledge to help you progress up the career ladder. You may also want to improve your prospects of finding a job in your chosen industry.

Whether you’re looking for your first role or are already in employment, apprenticeships give you the chance to do just that. They enable you to enter or stay in the world of work, earn a decent wage and learn new skills. An apprenticeship will offer you amazing opportunities to shine in a job you enjoy.

Apprenticeships mix on-the-job training with classroom learning. They provide you with the skills you need for your chosen career that will also lead to nationally recognised qualifications. As an apprentice you earn while you learn and receive other benefits as well. Apprenticeships are real jobs for real people.


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What are Higher and Degree Apprenticeships?


Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university, offering qualifications up to degree level, no tuition fees and the opportunity to earn while you learn.

Higher and degree apprentices typically split their time between college or university and the workplace. As with other apprenticeships they are employed throughout and the cost of the fees are shared between government and their employer.



– Achieve graduate and postgraduate-level qualifications while learning and earning in a real business

– New opportunities for career progression, plus higher earning capacity, recognition and status

– The chance to gain professional accreditation and membership

– No debt via student loan



Higher apprenticeships at levels 4,5,6 & 7 are equivalent to a foundation degree and above.

Higher Apprenticeships offer a work-based learning programme and lead to the following nationally recognised qualifications:

– Level 4 and 5 – equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree or

– Level 6 – equivalent to a bachelor degree

Over 60 of the apprenticeships listed in The Apprenticeship Guide 2017 can be studied at level 4 and above, representing hundreds of job roles.

Higher Apprenticeships are currently available in the following sectors:

Agricultural & land-based industries, Business & IT, Construction, Creative, media & the arts, Energy, Engineering & electrical, Finance, Health & care, Hospitality & travel, Manufacturing, processing & logistics, Public services and Vehicles & transport.



Gain a full bachelor’s or master’s degree with a Degree Apprenticeship at levels 6 and 7

Degree Apprenticeships are designed by industry to bring together the very best in higher and vocational education. Apprentices achieve a full Bachelor’s or Master’s degree as a core component of the apprenticeship. On a Degree Apprenticeship, you will be tested on your academic learning, as well as your wider skills and ability to do a job. You will be assessed either using a fully-integrated degree co-designed by employers and higher education institutions, or using a degree plus a separate end-test of your professional competence.

The Government is committed to expanding the number, range and quality of apprenticeships that offer training to degree level and many more are currently being developed and will be available from 2017.



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