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Senior Academy Programme 


Queen’s Senior Academy programme supports students who have the potential to progress to university, regardless of economic or social background. The two-year programme (starting April 2020) offers students from non-selective secondary schools and further education colleges, the chance to take part in a range of activities designed to prepare them for university life. Activities include; academic skills workshops, lectures, seminars and support throughout the university application process. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a short summer residential experience, staying at Queen’s Elms Village, Malone Road. 

Current Queen’s undergraduate and postgraduate students are actively involved in the Queen’s Senior Academy Programme and offer general academic support to participants throughout. Active participation and engagement in the programme increases knowledge and understanding of what it is like to be a student at Queen’s University and entitles participants to 30 hours of subject-specific tuition in preparation for their A-Level exams/BTEC assessment.


Students selected for the Senior Academy Programme can expect the following:

  • A welcome event at Queen’s University (Tuesday 28 April 2020)
  • A two-night residential, hosted in Elms Village student accommodation (5th-7th August 2020)
  • Tutor for Success Master Class (Thursday 08 October 2020)
  • Shadow a Student Experience
  • Study Skills and Revision (Thursday 04 February 2021)
  • Access to a subject specific tutor  


Success in the Academy requires motivation and commitment to engage in the full range of activities offered by the Academy programme, and a willingness to attend workshops and take part in a summer residential activity.


What our students said:

“My experience at Senior Academy allowed me to get a taste of Queen’s University and helped me decide which university I wanted to go to. Being involved in this programme I was able to develop my confidence, communication skills and leadership skills. The residential was the highlight of the programme as it allowed everyone to get a true representation of what it is really like to be a Queen’s student living in Queen’s accommodation. The Shadow a Student Day helped me get an insight into the course I wanted to do, Nursing. I enjoyed getting to experience of the content of the course and it influenced my decision for choosing nursing.”

- Senior Academy 6 Participant

The UCAS Process 



  • Think about university courses and what qualifications (A-levels/BTECs) are required. 



  • Research university Open Days, Summer Schools, Taster Days, etc. 
  • Plan and thank about work experience


  • Exam time - practice or AS exams
  • Attend university Open Days and Summer schools etc.
  • Gain work experience in the relevant area 



  • Think about UCAS application and personal statement – start draft


  • Mid October is the UCAS deadline for most courses in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry


  • Mid January is the UCAS deadline for applying for the majority of university courses. Up to 5 courses can be chosen, in different universities.


  • Attend offer holder days and/or interviews 
  • UCAS Extra opens in February 
  • Applications to Student Finance 
  • Review chosen universities - should hear back the chosen universities by the end of March


  • Interview Board results arrive at the beginning of July 
  • A-level/BTEC results are released in the middle of August 
  • Acceptance of offers if grades obtained
  • If grades higher or lower than expected enter Adjustment or Clearing 
  • Start preparing to go to university! 


For more information, contact Senior Academy by email or phone:

Email:                                       Phone: 028 9097 5020