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Brilliant Club

The Scholars Programme is an academic programme run by The Brilliant Club, which provides pupils from non-selective state schools with the opportunity to work with a PhD researcher to experience university-style learning. It helps them to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to secure a place at a highly-selective university.

If your child has been selected to take part in The Scholars Programme, their teachers have identified them as having the potential to make a successful application to one of the UK’s most competitive universities in the future. 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.

As part of The Scholars Programme, pupils will:

  • Study with a PhD researcher, in small groups, to experience university-style learning
  • Research a topic outside of the usual school curriculum, learning an exciting new topic whilst gaining valuable academic skills
  • Complete a challenging final assignment, which will be marked in university-style
  • Learn more about university life by engaging directly with highly-selective universities

As there are only limited spaces available not everyone will get an opportunity to take part and staff will make decision based on the criteria set.