Useful information for parents and carers of pupils enrolled on The Scholars Programme

The Scholars Programme is an academic programme run by The Brilliant Club, which provides pupils from non-selective state schools with the opportunity to work with a PhD researcher to experience university-style learning. It helps them to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to secure a place at a highly-selective university.

If your child has been selected to take part in The Scholars Programme, their teachers have identified them as having the potential to make a successful application to one of the UK’s most competitive universities in the future. Although university may not be for everyone, The Scholars Programme aims to give children an experience of university learning to help them make an informed decision.

As part of The Scholars Programme, pupils will:

  • Study with a PhD researcher, in small groups, to experience university-style learning
  • Research a topic outside of the usual school curriculum, learning an exciting new topic whilst gaining valuable academic skills
  • Complete a challenging final assignment, which will be marked in university-style
  • Learn more about university life by engaging directly with highly-selective universities

How can I ensure my child gets the most from The Scholars Programme?

We would encourage you to speak with your child about how they find the experience and remind them about completing any homework assignments. For pupil support, please access the pupil area of our website where you will find guidance documents for different parts of the programme, and how-to videos explaining how to use our VLE.

If you have any questions or your pupil needs any support on the programme, please speak with your child’s school or get in touch with us directly at