Extracurricular activities to inspire your A level learning

You will take part in a range of exciting academic enrichment activities throughout your programme to reinforce your theoretical knowledge, develop your awareness of topics outside of the A level syllabus, and maximise your chances of accessing the most competitive of undergraduate degree courses.

Presentations from university academics

We love to invite UEA academics to our learning spaces to share their research and enhance your learning. You’ll experience university-style lectures and workshops under the supervision of university academics, sometimes in UEA’s laboratories. Previous sessions have covered:

  • cancer research
  • the Human Genome Project
  • electrochemistry

Real-world experience

Where possible, you’ll be supported in identifying and securing internships, voluntary placements and work placements. These may be in the UK or abroad, and there are also opportunities with charities. Former students have worked with:

  • engineering companies
  • hospitals
  • veterinary practices
  • science research laboratories
  • dental practices

Educational trips

To help with your understanding and put your learning into a real-world context, you will visit places of scientific importance, such as:

  • John Innes Centre in Norwich
  • Codebreakers Museum at Bletchley Park
  • Sanger Centre in Cambridge

Take part in competitions

Make the most of the knowledge you will gain by entering competitions such as the UK Physics, Chemistry and Biology Olympiads and the UK Mathematics Challenge. You can compete against other UK and international students, gaining confidence and study skills in the process.

Mathematics enhancement

If you hope to study mathematics, engineering, economics or a related subject, we will help you develop your mathematical and problem solving skills through weekly mathematics enhancement classes. You will focus on the skills needed to prepare for your Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) and an interview in this field.

Impress top universities with a Project Qualification

We offer the chance to work independently on a project of your choice. Guided by a project tutor, you will make full use of the University of East Anglia’s research facilities and expertise.

This recognised qualification can give you a real advantage when applying to top universities and performing at selection interviews, demonstrating your desire to extend your knowledge beyond the curriculum and develop valuable research skills.

Engineering and business enhancement

Where possible, students with an interest in engineering, business and non-medical science will work towards a CREST Award. This well-respected and recognised national award requires excellent project management, teamwork and communication skills in order to complete a research project.

Find out more about the CREST Award here.

Preparation for aspiring medics

To support students interested in studying Medicine, senior academics from Norwich Medical School deliver presentations offering valuable insights into the world of medicine and health. Topics covered include:

  • medical school applications
  • introduction to clinical skills
  • how to succeed at medical school interviews
  • making the most of medical work experience

You will also have weekly Medical Ethics classes and receive advice on applying to UK medical schools and careers in medicine and health.

Medical work experience

We arrange medical work placements wherever possible (subject to satisfactory performance in class and at selective interview), at places such as the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Here, you may observe high-ranking consultants at work in departments such as Anaesthetics, Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery, Radiology, Rheumatology and Urology.