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The Scholars Programme helps students develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to progress to the most competitive universities. We train our PhD tutors to deliver The Scholars Programme in our partner schools and colleges across the UK. They share their subject knowledge and passion for learning with small groups of pupils aged 8-18.

Programme Overview – Schools and Colleges

What does The Scholars Programme offer?

  • Challenging courses on subjects beyond the curriculum, taught by a world class researcher
  • Experience of university-style learning in small group tutorials
  • A graduation event at a competitive university

Why get involved?

  • Develop key university-preparedness skills including critical thinking, subject knowledge, written communication, and university self-efficacy
  • Year 12 students who complete The Scholars Programme are statistically significantly more likely to apply and progress to a competitive university than students from similar backgrounds (UCAS Evaluation, 2021)
  • Robust impact reports showcasing progress towards national education targets





The Journey

Programme planning: We will support the lead teacher to plan the programme with a dedicated Scholars Programme Officer. Teachers will have access to The Hub, where they can securely register students, access resources and monitor programme impact.

Online Launch Event: Students will be introduced to The Scholars Programme, hear an inspirational keynote and start to learn about student life at a competitive university through an Information, Advice and Guidance session co-hosted by Student Ambassadors.

In-school Launch Event: Students will meet their PhD tutor for the first time, have the opportunity to learn more about university, and find out what to expect from The Scholars Programme in more detail.

In-school tutorials: Your PhD tutor visits the school or college on a weekly basis to deliver tutorials 2-7. Each pupil receives a course handbook to support them through the programme. Students also have access to The Hub to get support from their tutor and submit homework and assignments.

Final assignment and feedback: All students complete a final assignment pitched one key stage above their current level. Tutors provide one-to-one feedback in tutorials 6 and 7. Assignments are marked and awarded university gradings.

Graduation Event: A full-day visit to a competitive university to learn more about university life and celebrate pupils’ achievements on the programme.

School impact report: We provide a detailed, bespoke impact report at the end of the programme outlining students’ progress against our university readiness competencies. The report also showcases Pupil Premium impact and progress against the Gatsby benchmarks.

How are pupils supported?

Our community of more than 1,000 PhD tutors is what makes The Brilliant Club unique. For some students, the only doctor they may have ever met is in a medical setting, but our programmes open up the world of academic research and give young people the opportunity to study university-level work in an accessible manner.  

Our tutors are recruited from a range of disciplines covering STEM, Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences. The training also supports tutors to develop their understanding of pedagogy and teaching practice to deliver high quality tutorials to small groups of students. Tutors also undergo Safeguarding and professional standards training.

Students each receive a course handbook to support them through the programme. This will include all the material they need for their assignments and tutorials. Students will also have access to The Hub throughout the programme to submit work and get support from their tutor.

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