Cambridge Trip for a Bright Bunch!
A group of eight students from the College's Sixth Form Haywards Heath campus attended a prestigious student-teacher seminar at the University of Cambridge on 10 November. The seminar, which was held at Fitzwilliam College, was organised by the University of Cambridge International Examinations for a number of schools and colleges across the country who are offering the Pre-U Global Perspectives and Independent Research course.
The day saw students from a variety of schools and colleges up and down the UK team-up to take part in activities. They participated in research and presentation-skills activities linked to the course, and also heard from university academics about the key skills they would need for higher education, including making a successful application. Student Robert Poncelet, 16, from Hassocks, said: "We all took away some valuable advice on university life." And fellow student Gillian Hocking, 17, from Newick added: "I really enjoyed listening to the speakers and learning about the reality of university life."
The day concluded with the groups giving presentations to the teachers and academic staff from Cambridge on topics they had been researching. The winning team, made up of students from a number of different schools and colleges, included Alicia Anckorn, 16, from Hurstpierpoint, who is currently studying Pre-U Global Perspectives at the College.
David Towsey, Pre-U Global Perspectives Course Co-ordinator at Central Sussex College, accompanied the group and said: "This was an excellent opportunity for our students not only to experience a day at a Cambridge college, but also to work together with students from across the country and staff from the University of Cambridge to develop useful skills for Pre-U and to find out more about what universities are looking for." Student Lucy Greenhead, 16, from Burgess Hill added: "It was a really good opportunity to meet other people doing the same course and to find out how it would help with university applications."
Former College student Jacqueline Agate scored the highest mark in the country for her Cambridge Pre-U Certificate in Global Perspectives and Independent Research this summer. The eighteen-year-old, who lives in Burgess Hill, and studied for the qualification alongside A Levels in English Language, English Literature and French, has now taken up a place at the University of Leeds to read English.
Ann Puntis, Chief Executive, University of Cambridge International Examinations said: "Topping the list of excellent candidates in a Cambridge Pre-U subject is a performance of the very highest calibre. Jacqueline has shown us truly outstanding ability. I hope she can not only draw great satisfaction and pride from this, but also take inspiration from it in setting goals in the future."
Jacqueline said: "I found the Pre-U to be a challenging but extremely rewarding and inspiring course. The seminar and dissertation aspects especially gave me invaluable preparation for university. It's a real chance to take control of your studies and explore the things which genuinely interest you before perhaps going on to higher education. I would undoubtedly recommend the course and am so glad Central Sussex offered the opportunity!"