Info for Parents and Carers

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If you are wondering how Covid-19 has affected your child’s placement on The Scholars Programme either for spring or summer term 2020, The Brilliant Club’s approach is below.


  • If your child was enrolled on The Scholars Programme during the spring term, we are still encouraging final assignment submissions. Pupils should do this via the Scholars VLE, where they will also be able to ask their PhD tutor for support as they finalise their assignment.
  • If your child is struggling to access the Scholars VLE, please get in touch using


  • If your child was due to start a summer term programme, we are speaking to their schools about running the programme when they have reopened.
  • Meanwhile, we would encourage pupils to be using the launch resources which introduce them to The Scholars Programme, including an introductory session on useful study skills and university information. These can be found here. (link to YouTube)
  • We will also be providing further resources in the coming weeks which will help prepare pupils for The Scholars Programme. You will be able to access them here.

Online Resources

  • We are also working to provide resources that all pupils can access regardless of whether pupils have engaged with The Scholars Programme before or will in the future  – these will be available on our website, here. These resources will focus on university skills, academic content and university knowledge. There will be resources appropriate for pupils aged 10-18.
  • If parents would like to receive updates, we encourage them to sign up for our newsletter and to keep an eye out on our website and twitter, @BrilliantClub.
"I definitely think my Brilliant Club experience was the most important factor in my eventual decision to apply to Keble College, Oxford, where I’ve now spent the happiest two years of my life studying English and Italian."
Shona Galt

Scholars Programme Alumna

About The Scholars Programme

  • The Scholars Programme places university researchers (PhD tutors) in schools.
  • The PhD tutors teach university-style tutorials to small groups of pupils. Many of these researchers are lecturers to students at university level, so it is a unique opportunity for your child to experience university-style teaching.
  • At the start and at the end of the programme, pupils visit two leading universities.
  • At the end of the programme pupils complete a final assignment ranging from 1000 to 2,500 words, depending on their Key Stage.

Why has my child been selected to take part in The Scholars Programme?

Your child’s teachers have identified them as having the potential to make a successful application to one of the most selective universities. 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.

The Launch Trip

The Launch Trip will take place at one of our partner universities and will involve:

  • A tour
  • A study skills session
  • The chance to meet and ask questions of current students
  • Advice and guidance from the university
  • The first tutorial with the pupils’ PhD Tutor

There will be no charge associated with this trip.