AccessHE: Unlock your Future in Lockdown

“In a city where disparities run deep,
schemes like Uni Connect have always
been vital to reducing the gap in higher
education participation between the
most and least represented groups
across the capital. And after a year
where the COVID-19
pandemic has
undoubtedly exacerbated disadvantages
for the city’s poorest, the
need for schemes
which reduce inequalities
is greater now than ever.”

Diana Beech, Richard Boffey and Graeme Atherton

In response to the national lockdown rules introduced on 5 January, AccessHE has launched the Unlock your Future in Lockdown platform.

This bank of free online content gives young Londoners access to higher education (HE) advice and guidance, bringing the campus to their doorstep whilst they are required to stay at home. It also supports schools in meeting the DfE’s remote learning guidance, offering interactive content ranging from 15 minutes to 2 hours in length that can be set as part of the online curriculum.

The Unlock your Future in Lockdown package contains high-quality videos, worksheets and subject taster sessions that cover various aspects of HE study and develop the all-important transferable skills required for life after secondary education, whether that is work or study.  Learners can spend one day honing their resilience and independent study skills before discovering what it is like to study Photography at HE level the next. Several of the sessions include quiz elements so that teachers can assess progress and receive reports on engagement levels.

AccessHE will be working with our membership of Higher Education providers across London to create further resources over the coming weeks, so make sure you bookmark this page for updated resources!

In the meantime, we encourage teaching staff, careers advisers, parents and learners to search existing resources using the table below. Options can be filtered by topic, year group, audience, content type and length of activity.

If there are specific activities you would like to provide for your learners that are not listed in the table, please get in touch as we can create bespoke virtual content to meet your needs. Some examples of activities we have delivered in recent months include:

  • UCAS application cycle support – online personal statement workshops, student finance information, support with course and provider choices
  • Subject taster sessions led by current HE students
  • ‘Virtual assemblies’ covering different pathways into HE (including vocational/ technical), involving speakers from London employers
  • Borough-wide online events delivered to clusters of schools
  • At-home guides for learners such as our Know Before You Go Guide and the Creative HE Apply Guide

To submit any requests, please contact AHEuniconnecthub@londonhigher.ac.uk.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 


Resources

NameDescriptionYear groups / AudienceFormatCategoryEstimated completion time
AccessHE CreativeAccessHE Creative offers a unique insight into applying for, studying and making a career in the creative arts. The short online courses are free to use and can be embedded as part of your curriculum or offered as homework assignments. For more info please see our Teacher's guide. Year 11, 12, 13Online short coursesInformation, advice and guidance for students10-30 minute per module; an average of 2.5 hours for the full course
Posters, leaflets and links to send to creative students interested in the AccessHE creative coursesTeachersPosters, social media linksInformation, advice and guidance for studentsN/A
AccessHE Creative flyerTeachersFlyerInformation, advice and guidance for studentsN/A
Choose Your Own AdventureThese short courses will equip your students with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue HE level study. It covers topics such as revision tips, decision making, career pathways and mindfulness. Students can access the courses from a phone, tablet or laptop. It's free and simple to register - students can sign up directly via this link. Year 9 upwardsOnline short coursesInformation, advice and guidance for students5 - 10 minutes per module. Approx 1 hour 30 minutes to complete the full course.
Subject tastersShort courses developed by our partner universities, including an introduction to law, mathematics, photography and linguistics. The subject tasters have been carefully developed by several of our partner universities, to provide an authentic feel of what it's like to study these subjects at HE, and help develop their subject knowledge in each area.Year 9 upwardsOnline short coursesSubject tasters2 hours - 2 hours and 30 minutes per course
Psychology subject tasterYear 10 upwardsVideoSubject tasters30 minutes
Computer Science subject tasterYear 10 upwardsVideoSubject tasters25 minutes
Character Design subject tasterYear 10 upwardsVideoSubject tasters40 minutes
Business Studies subject tasterYear 10 upwardsVideoSubject tasters30 minutes
Graphic Design & Portfolios Building subject tasterYear 10 upwardsVideoSubject tasters30 minutes
Bio-medical Science subject tasterYear 10 upwardsVideoSubject tasters20 minutes
Medicine subject tasterYear 10 upwardsVideoSubject tasters30 minutes
Know Before You GoA guide for Year 13 students leaving school preparing for university, employment or apprenticeships. This guide was created in collaboration with Enfield council and local employers. Year 13BookletInformation, advice and guidance for students15 - 20 minutes
ResilienceWorksheet to support students to develop resilience, including coping strategies and exercises.Year 10 upwardsWorksheetInformation, advice and guidance for students30 minutes
Workshop to support with resilience building whilst navigating exams, and future decision making.Year 10 upwardsVideoInformation, advice and guidance for students1 hour
Top tips for studying at homeYear 9 upwardsAnimationInformation, advice and guidance for students2 minutes
Personal StatementsWorksheet for students to practice writing personal statements, including getting used to the structure and types of things to include in a personal statement.Year 12, 13WorksheetInformation, advice and guidance for students30 minutes
Personal Statement workshop that teaches students the STAR method, how to structure your personal statement, and how to make it stand out.Year 12, 13VideoInformation, advice and guidance for students15 minutes
Interviews Mock interview activity for practicing at home.Parents and students in years 11, 12, 13WorksheetInformation, advice and guidance for students30 minutes
Online University Interviews - Top TipsYear 11, 12, 13One-pagerInformation, advice and guidance for students5 minutes
Top tips to help students prepare for a university interviewYear 11, 12, 13One-pagerInformation, advice and guidance for students5 minutes
How should you prepare for an interview? Year 12, 13VideoInformation, advice and guidance for students20 minutes
Parent GuideThis booklet includes everything you need to know about higher education. It offers tips along the way on how you can support your child.ParentsBookletSupport for parents30 minutes
Parents StoriesParents frequently asked questions about Higher Education.ParentsVideoSupport for parents10 minutes
Parent and carer stories about HEAlma tells us her daughter's experience of HE, and her experience as a parent.ParentsVideoSupport for parents5 minutes
Lorna talks about the benefits of HE, that she has observed as a parent.ParentsVideoSupport for parents5 minutes
The Attitudes of Young Londoners to HE: New Insights and TrendsNew research undertaken by AccessHE and YouthSight. The research is based on polling of year 12/13 pupils during Summer 2020, and looks at the impact of lockdown learning, and the pandemic's impact on young Londoner's attitudes towards HE.TeachersVideo presentationResearch15 minutes
Student Stories How did other students find the transition to higher education?Year 11, 12, 13Information, advice and guidance for students5 minutes each
Hear from London students about their experience of University and listen to answers to questions about higher education.Year 11, 12, 13VideoInformation, advice and guidance for students1 hour
Degree ApprenticeshipsDegree Apprenticeships Live, with Pearson College London and Amazing ApprenticeshipsYear 11, 12, 13VideoInformation, advice and guidance for students2 hours
University vs. Degree Apprenticeship debate - our student advocates explore the pros and cons of each routeYear 12, 13VideoInformation, advice and guidance for students30 minutes
Degree Apprenticeships ‘Cheat Sheet of resources’Year 11, 12, 13WorksheetInformation, advice and guidance for students20 minutes
Top 10 Questions about degree apprenticeships Year 11, 12, 13WorksheetInformation, advice and guidance for students15 minutes
University ApplicationsApplication workshop with University of RoehamptonYear 10 upwardsVideoInformation, advice and guidance for students1 hour
Choosing a Higher Education Course Top tips for choosing a course Year 12, 13Video Information, advice and guidance for students7 minutes
Hear from STEM, Humanities and creative students on how they picked their course. Try and see if you can guess what they went on to study from their important choice factors.Year 12, 13Video Information, advice and guidance for students25 minutes
Choosing a University Middlesex University help to explain how you can choose a university that is right for you. Year 12, 13VideoInformation, advice and guidance for students1 hour
Listen to the pro’s and cons of moving away from home for university from Sussex university and Queen Mary University of London Students.Year 12, 13VideoInformation, advice and guidance for students25 minutes
Student FinanceHear from current students and how they manage their money at university.Year 12, 13VideoInformation, advice and guidance for students35 minutes
University of Middlesex explain student finance, bursaries scholarships and more. Year 10 upwardsVideo Information, advice and guidance for students1 hour
Teacher CPD Virtual coffee mornings where presenters discuss outreach opportunities for students, best practice, and top tips for continuing career's education in unprecedented circumstances.TeachersVideoSupport for teachers1 hour
To attend the next Virtual Coffee Morning, register here.TeachersEventsSupport for teachersN/A
Year 12/13 YouTube seriesAdvice on choosing university vs. apprenticeship, student finance, choosing a course, studying at home or away, personal statements, and university interviews.Year 12, 13VideosInformation, advice and guidance for students15 - 30 minutes per session

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