Top-Up: Programme Details for Students

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TOP-UP PROGRAMME

What Is The Top-Up Programme?

The University of Glasgow co-ordinates the GOALS Top-Up Programme. The Top-Up Programme has been designed to help senior school pupils (GOALS schools) prepare for higher education and make informed choices about their futures.

Participating in the Top-Up Programme:-

  • helps prepare students for higher education;
  • helps students decide if higher education is the right option for them at the present time;
  • equips students with key skills and provides useful tips and advice for successful study;
  • helps students improve their existing skills in order to reach their full potential;
  • introduces students to campus life, including lectures, seminars, the library and student I.T. needs;
  • helps boost student confidence;
  • helps students make a smooth transition into student life in higher education;
  • provides students with a student profile and certificate which is marked on:- (1)overall performance; (2)participation in a seminar/tutorial; (3)written assignment .

The Top-Up Programme is for those students in 5th or 6th year of secondary school who are planning to enter higher education after school, or considering that option. It is offered to pupils in schools taking part in the GOALS Project (Greater Opportunity of Access and Learning with Schools) throughout the West of Scotland. GOALS is a major collaborative project across the seven West of Scotland Higher Education Institutions (see below for details). The project works with 44 secondary schools with historically low participation rates in Higher Education and with their associated primaries. GOALS works with school pupils from Primary Six to Secondary Six to raise awareness of higher education as a realistic option for school leavers.

As part of GOALS, the Top-Up Programme aims to increase school students’ awareness of higher education and the realities of study at this level. University or college is very different from school. Whether students want to pick up completely new subjects or continue with familiar ones, they are likely to find themselves learning in new ways. The Top-Up Programme is a rigorous, academic programme that introduces students to lectures, seminars, tutorials, library resources and student computing facilities as well as equipping them with the key critical skills they will need to be successful learners. The Programme is designed to foster and promote critical and conceptual thinking and independent learning, as well as key requirements of successful university-level study, such as note-taking and making skills, decision–making skills, and essay-writing skills. The Top-Up Programme is designed to help make the transition from secondary school into higher education as smooth as possible.

The Top-Up Programme runs in schools from December to March. It lasts for thirteen sessions, eleven held in schools and two at one of the higher education institutions in the West of Scotland. All sessions are facilitated by fully trained postgraduate tutors and also involve higher education staff and undergraduate students. The two campus-based sessions are compulsory. These are: (1)attending a university lecture; (2)participating in a seminar or tutorial, and carrying out information seeking in a university library and a computing lab.

Which Higher Education Institutions Are Taking Part?

The Higher Education Institutions in the West of Scotland Participating in the GOALS Project are:

  • Bell College: A Higher Education Institution
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Paisley
  • University of Strathclyde

Where Can I Get More Information?

For further details, please contact:-

Fiona Black
Director Top-Up Programme
Widening Participation Service,
12 Southpark Terrace,
University of Glasgow.
G12 8LG

Tel: 0141-330-2526
Fax: 0141-330-2961
Email: f.m.black@admin.gla.ac.uk

Dickon Copsey
Administrator Top-Up Programme
Widening Participation Service,
12 Southpark Terrace,
University of Glasgow.
G12 8LG

Tel: 0141-330-8074
Fax: 0141-330-2961

Email: d.copsey@admin.gla.ac.uk

Neil Croll
Administrator Top-Up Programme
Widening Participation Service,
12 Southpark Terrace,
University of Glasgow.
G12 8LG

Tel: 0141-330-3193
Fax: 0141-330-2961

Email: n.croll@admin.gla.ac.uk


Contact:
The Widening Participation Service, 12 Southpark Terrace, University of Glasgow, G12 8LG

tel: +44 (0)141 330 3282
fax: +44 (0)141 330 2961
email: widening participation service

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