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Realising Opportunities

Academic Element

Students undertake an assessed piece of

independent research in an area of their own

interest. This can either take the form of the

Realising Opportunities Academic Assignment,

supported by a university tutor, or the Extended

Project Qualification (EPQ) in conjunction with their


Students are able to demonstrate their potential

to be successful at a research intensive university

(RIU). They undertake independent research in an

area of personal interest to them, and they develop

analytical, critical thinking, and academic skills

including research and referencing.


Students work through an online study skills module

provided by the University of Birmingham. The

skills4uni module has interactive tasks, videos and

information designed to build students’ awareness

of RIUs and increase their skills levels.

Skills4uni offers students invaluable insight into the

vibrant teaching and learning on offer at RIUs and

helps students develop skills to be successful at


Programme elements


The Realising Opportunities


Students start the innovative Realising Opportunities (RO) Programme in Year 12 and it

offers them support throughout sixth form. Successful completion of the Programme can

result in an alternative, reduced offer from any of the Partner universities. The table below

outlines the Programme and its associated benefits for students.