GREat Skills For schools and colleges

GREat Skills is a new initiative designed to develop academic skills and help students prepare for the transition to university

Through the delivery of 4-5 skills sessions by trained GREat Skills Ambassadors at your school/college, students will develop academic skills including defining a question, academic analysis and referencing. Students will be required to complete a 4000-word dissertation (or their EPQ/coursework). Successful completion of the programme will make students eligible to apply for a scholarship at the University of Greenwich.

Our main aims and benefits for students:

  • Improve academic writing skills
  • Develop realistic expectations of university life
  • Effectively utilise the experience of completing a research project in the completion of their university applications

Our main aims and benefits for schools/colleges:

  • Deliver aspects of the taught element of the EPQ
  • Help teachers and advisors to support academic writing achievement especially amongst 'middle attaining/invisible' students
  • Provide access to wider academic skill resources
  • Grow relationships with local university

Students will visit us on campus twice, once to launch the programme, see the campus and gain a greater understanding of the importance of independent academic skills needed at university. On your second visit, we will also celebrate the achievements of the students who participate, allowing students to share/present their project, find out more about courses that may relate to their dissertation subjects and enable them to make the most of the skills gained through their extended projects in their university applications.

There will also be optional opportunities to sign up to once you are registered including library visits, twilight lecture series, subject taster days and academic networking.

Careers Strategy

The Government's Careers Strategy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to set out a range of requirements that schools and colleges must meet. We have matched all of our activities to these, and this activity can support you with meeting benchmark 1, 4 and 7.

Booking Information

Suitable for students in year 12 or FE year 1 and Year 13 or FE Level 2 as part of the Taught Element of the Extended Project Qualification. It is also suitable for non EPQ students and could be built into BTEC self directed time, or delivered to Pre Access and Access students.

To find out more and/or register your school/college please get in touch.