CHANGING LIVES, CHANGING FUTURES

CHANGING LIVES, CHANGING FUTURES

What can we do for you?

The DANCOP team are excited about working with young people in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area and helping to raise their aspirations around higher education. We aim to do this by offering a wide range of outreach activities for years 9-13 that we hope will inspire them to consider all options available and help them to achieve their future goals, all aligned to our progression framework and Gatsby benchmarks. DANCOP also aims to offer a range of tailored events for parents, where they can come and talk to us about any questions they may have concerning their child progressing to higher education. Alongside these events, we will provide targeted events for teachers and advisers to help share best practice and the latest updates within the education sector, learn new skills and bring together the people at the heart of supporting young people and their futures.

General Activities

General

Campus experience days

Bring your students on-site to one of our partner institutions, where they can experience university or college life for themselves! We can arrange tours, sessions with academics and provide the opportunity for your learners to speak to students from a range of different disciplines. 

Taster sessions

Want to give your learners a real taste of university-level study? We can arrange taster sessions in a range of disciplines through our partner institutions, giving your learners an experience of how higher level study will work and the wide range of subject areas that are available to them. 

General Activities

Introducing higher education

Introductory: What is higher education?

This session enables learners to have a good awareness of higher education and its opportunities as well as its benefits.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

 

Developmental: Student life

This session enables learners to reflect on the options which may best suit them by learning about life at university outside of the lecture theatre.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Consolidation: Planning for higher education

This session enables learners to research and identify their preferred options.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Year 10

Routes

Introductory: Introduction to higher education pathways

This session enables learners to understand their choices for further and higher education.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Developmental: Bridging the gap to higher education

This session enables learners to explore the different pathways, with an in-depth look at level 3 courses.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Developmental: Next steps: higher education

This session enables learners to explore the different pathways within higher education.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Consolidation: Choosing your higher education pathway

This session enables learners to identify the best pathway for them with an in-depth look at level 4+ courses.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Year 11

Finance

Introductory: Student finance - myth busting

This session enables learners to understand how to finance their studies with an introduction to student finance.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Developmental: Budgeting for higher education

This session will enable learners to understand how to manage their financing by developing budgeting skills. 

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Consolidation: Applying for student finance

This session enables learners to understand how to apply for student finance, bursaries and grants.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

 

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Year 12

Personal development

Introductory: The skills roadshow

This session enables learners to understand the connection between study skills and future opportunities in a fun carousel of activities.

Max 60 learners – in a hall or large room – 2 hours+

Introductory: Brand yourself

The session enables learners to understand how to present themselves in the era of social media.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Developmental: Becoming an independent learner

This session enables learners to develop time management, note taking and revision skills.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Consolidation: Transitioning to higher education

This session enables learners to plan and identify personal strategies to maximise success.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Year 13

Applying

Introductory: Introduction to HE applications

This session enables learners to be aware of application processes and self-presentation for all routes into HE.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Developmental: UCAS journey

This session enables learners to understand where and how to apply for HE at university and colleges.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Developmental: Higher level apprenticeships journey

This session enables learners to understand where and how to apply for higher and degree apprenticeships.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Consolidation: Interview skills

This session enables learners to communicate their transferable skills in an interview setting.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Consolidation: Personal statement

This session enables learners to identify transferable skills for HE and their next steps for application.

Max 35 learners – classroom – 45 minutes to an hour

Parents events

Events for Parents/Carers and Families

Introduction to Higher Education

This event can be tailored to suit but usually lasts for one hour. The session brings students and parents together to discuss the various routes into Higher Education, why people go into HE, the skills required and the courses available. It aims to dispel common myths and provide both students and parents with the confidence to explore options and make informed decisions about the future.

Student Finance

Student finance can be a tricky area for all, especially when you are new to the subject. This session aims to provide an overview of student finance and the processes involved when applying. It will explore common myths, equip parents with the latest updates and knowledge of what to expect at each stage and instil confidence to help them support their child in making an application for student finance.

UCAS Process

This session gives an overview of the UCAS process, including key deadlines. It aims to provide parents/carers with top tips to help them to support their child with personal statements and completing their application form.

School & College CPD

School & College CPD

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships CPD

Take the opportunity to further develop or refresh your knowledge of higher and degree apprenticeships, by booking a HADA CPD session with our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Officer! At DANCOP, we can offer advice and guidance on what you need to know regarding higher and degree apprenticeships, to ensure you are able to provide effective and tailored support to your students on their post-18 options.

 

Youth Mental Health First Aid

DANCOP are pleased to be able to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid certifications as part of our programme. Sam from our Mansfield Hub and Alice from our Central Team are qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructors and can run sessions for cohorts of 8-16 participants. We run open courses once per term, for which partner schools and colleges can request up to 2 spaces. 

You can find more information about the course on the Mental Health First Aid England website: https://mhfaengland.org/individuals/youth/2-day/

Advancing Access Resources

We will be working with Advancing Access to provide teachers and advisers with a range of CPD opportunities. Advancing Access is a partnership between the 24 universities in the Russell Group working with schools and colleges to support students’ progression to leading universities. All 24 universities have collaborated to develop interactive CPD resources to support teachers and advisers who provide advice and guidance to learners making their key stage 4, key stage 5 and university decisions. To create a free account and access these resources, visit the website at: www.advancingaccess.ac.uk

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