Accelerate into University! - Recruiting Year 12 Students Now...

Launched in 2012, this FREE pioneering access programme for students in Years 11 and 12 at London state schools, is aimed at those who would benefit from mentoring and skills enhancement to support their ambitions to pursue a career in architecture or the built environment.

Accelerate into University WorkshopThis exciting programme has been developed and delivered in partnership with UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture and the highly acclaimed architectural practice Make Architects. It offers students in years 11 and 12, from hard to reach backgrounds, a unique opportunity to develop the skills required for entry to higher education architecture-related courses.

So far Accelerate into University has enabled forty four, young Londoners aged 15-17 years to reach their full potential and improve their access to Higher Education across the Built Environment shaping professions; and we are proud that 85% of the year 12's that participated have gained conditional offers to study architecture and related subjects at university, including UCL, Cambridge, Cardiff, Manchester and Westminster.

Following this success Open-City, in partnership with UCL and Make Architects, is excited to announce Accelerate 2013/14 for a new cohort of year 11 and 12 students from London state schools. There are a few remaining places for year 12 students, please see below for information on registering.

This FREE, year long, education and mentoring programme is an opportunity for up to 50 students in years 11 and 12, who potentially wish to pursue a career in architecture or the built environment and would benefit from:
- 1 to 1 mentoring with a designated trained industry professional
- skills development workshops
- portfolio production and university entry guidance workshops
- peer to peer learning with architectural students
- exhibition of work created during the progamme at a central London location.

Full details of the programme will be disclosed at the beginning of the Autumn term, 2013

Incoming Year 12s Register Now! If you know of year 12 students or are a year 12 student, who fit the criteria, and who are interested – please see FAQ's and the registration form on the right-hand column on this page.

Registration Timeline
Registration Deadline - Friday 1st November
Invited to Stage 2 of application process (details tbc) - Friday 8th November
Notified if successful - Wednesday 20th November
Welcome Workshop - December (date tbc)

Registration for the programme is now closed for year 11 students.

Accelerate into University Workshop

"All of it was absolutely amazing, and really made the decision that I wanted to study architecture. The best parts were working with the architects (and... meeting lovely and enthusiastic ones), especially on such a long-term basis, which is very different to work experience, and meeting other students who had the same interests. Also, the end of year presentation, and the support from the leaders was brilliant. So inspiring, thanks loads!"
Year 12 Student from Accelerate into University 2012

 

 

“Given that the built environment affects the whole of society, it is essential that the architectural profession should be drawn from an inclusive cohort. Our pilot work with Open-City’s ground- breaking My City Too! campaign and Architecture in Schools programme has already brought many hard-to-reach young people to our attention. However, there is massive scope for us to extend this, and Open-City’s expertise in doing so through a focused access programme is invaluable.”
Alan Penn, Dean of the Bartlett School of Architecture

Outline Timetables

Outline timetable for Year 12’s Group A:
- Training seminar to introduce the skills development project - October 2013 half term
- Mentoring sessions with designated professional at their London based offices over a 6 week period between November 2013 and December 2013
- Skills development workshop – February half-term 2014 (date tbc)
- Exhibition preparation skills workshop – Easter holidays 2014 (date tbc)
- Exhibition of project work – Summer term 2014
- Skills development, portfolio assistance and interview preparation workshop – summer holidays
- UCAS personal statement support – Autumn term 2014

Outline timetable for Year 12’s Group B (now recruiting):
- Welcome workshop and skills development workshop - October 2013 half term
- Skills development workshop – December 2013 (date tbc)
- Training seminar to introduce the skills development project – February half-term (date tbc)
- Mentoring sessions with designated professional at their London based offices over a 6 week period between February 2014 and April 2014
- Exhibition preparation skills workshop – Easter holidays 2014 (date tbc)
- Exhibition of project work – Summer term 2014
- Skills development, portfolio assistance and interview preparation workshop – Summer holidays
- UCAS personal statement support – Autumn term 2014

Outline timetable for Year 11’s:
- Skills development workshop - October 2013 half term
- Skills development workshop – December 2013 (date tbc)
- Training seminar to introduce the skills development project – February half-term (date tbc)
- Mentoring sessions with designated professional at their London based offices over a 6 week period between February 2014 and April 2014
- Exhibition preparation skills workshop – Easter holidays 2014 (date tbc)
- Exhibition of project work – Summer term 2014

For more information, please contact Venetia Wolfenden or phone 020 3006 7008.

 

News

24 December 2013
Ken Shuttleworth becomes a mentor for Accelerate Read more...

15 August 2013
Success for Accelerate into Architecture students! Read more...

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Year 12 students

 

 

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Partners

UCL

Arts Council

Architect Practices participating in 2013/14:


David Miller Architects
Grimshaw Architects
Jerry Tate Architects
Laurent Mot Limited
Make Architects
Nicholas Hare Architects LLP
Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Squire and Partners
Stanton Williams Architects
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

 

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