INTO Newton A-level Programme student enhancement activities

Enhancement activities on the Newton A-level Programme

Unique enhancement activities to boost your success

In addition to your academic study, you'll be provided with a programme or academic enrichment tailored to your needs and progression plans.

This will develop your independent thinking skills vital for university study. It also gives you the opportunity to engage in open debate and research on your own topic.

Real-world experience that supports your learning

Great emphasis is placed on your practical work.

Your theoretical knowledge will be reinforced with real-world experience that will boost your success at university and beyond.

Presentations from university academics

You'll experience university-style workshops in UEA laboratories under the supervision of university academics.

These will cover subject areas such as: mass spectrometry; cancer research; special relativity; the atom; wound ballistics; the Human Genome Project; and electrochemistry.

Presentations for aspiring medics

Senior medical academics from Norwich Medical School will deliver presentations that offer valuable insights into the world of medicine and health.

Topics may include: medical school applications, introduction to clinical skills, how to succeed at medical school interviews, and getting the most out of your medical work experience.

These provide a rare opportunity for you to discuss careers in medicine or other health sciences, as well as giving invaluable practical advice on applying to medical schools.

Internships and work placements

You'll be supported in identifying and securing internship and work placements.

Former Newton A-level Programme students have worked in engineering companies, hospitals, veterinary practices, dental practices, and charities in the UK and internationally.

Please note that Newton A-level Programme students are advised not to undertake paid work during their course, due to the intensity of learning required for success.

Medical work experience

Wherever possible, we arrange medical work placements at places such as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Here you'll have the chance to observe high-ranking consultants at work in departments such as: Anaesthetics; Breast Surgery; Endoscopy; Gastroenterology; General Surgery; Orthopaedics; Plastic Surgery; Radiology; Rheumatology; and Urology.

Science and engineering project

Students with an interest in engineering and non-medical science can work towards a CREST (Creativity in Engineering, Science and Technology) Award. This incorporates a research project through which you will develop your written and presentation skills.

If you're interested in business, you'll have the opportunity to complete a Young Enterprise programme. As part of this, you'll receive business masterclasses from local entrepreneurs, and work on a project to develop your own start-up company.

Educational trips

You'll also enjoy visits to places of scientific importance, such as the Science Museum in London, the Codebreakers Museum at Bletchley Park, the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, and the Green Britain Centre in Norfolk.

These visits will help put your learning into context, and breathe life into your chosen area of study.

Competitions

Enter competitions such as the UK Mathematics Challenge and UK Chemistry and Biology Olympiads.

Here, you can compete against other UK and international students, gaining confidence and study skills in the process.

English language support and tutorial groups

Any student requiring a high-level IELTS for degree study will be supported in improving their spoken English and academic writing.

INTO UEA is a certified IELTS test centre, so test can be taken on-site.

All students will join a tutorial group which meets once a week. These will focus on developing your interpersonal and communication skills.

You'll also have one-to-one tutorials with your Personal Tutor throughout the course.

Personal tutors

You’ll be allocated a dedicated personal tutor, who will guide you through all stages of the university application process.

This includes help completing your university application, writing your personal statement, applying through UCAS, and preparing for interview.

Practice sessions and practical advice will help ensure that you achieve your best.

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Chalisa Grace Sutthikul

Chalisa's work placement at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

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"On the first week back from the Christmas holidays, I had the chance to go on a work placement at the Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital, where I observed a range of specialities and spent time in the operating theatres.

"I really enjoyed watching different types of operations in different departments, especially in the cardiology department where many operations were carried out to change the pacemakers for the patients. I could also see how rewarding being a doctor was from observing cases in the clinic, especially some that were really touching. There were many interesting cases that I had not seen before, so I could learn more from these cases.

"The staff were all very nice and friendly, and they were teaching me some basic knowledge of each case. I think it was a very good opportunity for me to see and decide whether this is what I would really like to do for my future career."

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University tests and interviews

Students taking any relevant tests will receive additional preparation sessions:

  • UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) - taken by students applying to certain medical  or dental school
  • BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test) - required for students applying to medicine at Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford and UCL, or veterinary science at the Royal Veterinary College
  • STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) - commonly taken by students applying for mathematics courses
  • LNAT (Law National Admissions Test) - commonly taken by students applying for law courses
  • PAT (Physics Aptitude Test) - commonly taken by students applying for physics and engineering courses

Visiting academics will give lectures on interview techniques. And students will have the opportunity to talk to current university students about their own experiences.

Medical students will also have the chance to attend medical ethics workshops. Here you'll discuss important topics in the medical world that are often included in Medical School interviews.

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