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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 May 2019) 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 Elms Village at Queen’s. 

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 one-to-one 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 (Friday 3rd May 2019)
  • A two-night residential, hosted in Elms Village student accommodation (7th-9th August 2019)
  • Master classes, workshops and training to develop academic and personal skills, as well as opportunities to meet like-minded students from other schools. 
  • Assistance with individual learning plans and career development planning.
  • The opportunity to gain an insight into life at Queen’s University Belfast. 
  • 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:

"It helped me on different ways to study. It helped me to see what the student life is like." 

"My knowledge was increased on how applying to university works."

"The UCAS presentation was most useful. I found lots of information I didn’t know."