The Access and Success team works with a number of universities and organisations to provide fully funded opportunities for students in Key Stage 5.

Rise Global Challenge

This year, The Brilliant Club has partnered with Schmidt Futures to promote the Rise Global Challenge.

Rise finds promising young people aged 15-17 and brings them together to work toward solving humanity’s most pressing problems. As well as building a strong global community of changemakers, Rise provides learning and career support, including scholarships, mentorship, access to career development opportunities, and the potential for scholarships and additional funding.


If you are (or know!) a talented young person born between 2nd July 2006-1st July 2009 (Years 10, 11 or 12), apply via our unique link by 17th January 2024: https://www.risefortheworld.org/brilliant-club.

If you want to learn more, The Brilliant Club recently hosted a webinar where we heard from Rise staff and a previous Rise Global Winner about their experience. You can access the webinar here.

The Turing Summer Experience

The Turing Summer Experience is a series of funded Data Science and Artificial Intelligence weeks for Year 12 students. They will take place over July and August 2023, run in partnership with The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s intelligence agencies (MI5, GCHQ and SIS) and the Ministry of Defence (the Defence AI Centre and DSTL).

Through an exciting programme of practical learning, activities and challenges, participants will get hands-on experience supported by experts in the field and be introduced to the huge range of study and career options in Data Science and AI, including in the intelligence agencies and in Defence.

This programme is fully funded with free breakfast and lunch. Support with travel expenses will be provided.

Participants will:

  • Work on solving problems with other like-minded young people with practical hands-on application of learnt skills.
  • Develop a space to collaborate online using tools such as GitHub.
  • Find out about the wide range of career paths in the sector, including in the intelligence agencies and defence.
  • Learn more about current topics in the sector such as ethics and biases
  • Visit Bletchley Park – famous for being the top-secret home of World War Two
  • Get support with thinking about future study and work opportunities and how to talk about the experience on a personal statement or job application.

To be eligible you need:

  • To be able to commute into central London each day over a week (Monday- Friday)
  • Currently be in Year 12 
  • Have 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, one of which must be Maths at 6 or above and currently be studying at least 1 STEM A Level*

As this programme aims to support students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in Data Science and AI, we encourage applications from students who match one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Come from an area with a low IDACI score (IDACI measures the proportion of the population in an area experiencing deprivation relating to low income)
  • Have been eligible within the past six years for free school meals  
  • Do not have a parent who has completed an undergraduate degree

For more details including dates and to apply, complete this online form by 9am on Monday 3rd July.

Access the flyer for this project here to share with young people and contacts.

*STEM A Levels include Biology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, ICT/IT