Gifted & Talented
Our Gifted & Talented scheme is for students who have excelled at GCSE level and who plan to study academically challenging courses.
You will be in a community run by specialist tutors with students that share the same interests with you and will be supported to achieve your highest potential.
Aims of the Gifted & Talented programme
As a G&T student you will benefit from individual and group initiatives including workshops and lectures. These will help you to develop and consolidate your knowledge and skills, as well as grow both in confidence and as a person.
You will also benefit from university outreach initiatives, fieldtrips, Enrichment opportunities, summer school options and inter-college competitions.
Importantly, we aim to prepare you for the rigorous application, testing and interview processes of the country’s most respected universities.
As part of this you can participate in masterclasses run by Russell Group universities and meet prominent academics, helping you make a strong claim to a place at your first choice institution.
Each year 42% of our G&T A Level leavers progress to Russell Group universities, including the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. This figure exceeds the national average of 18.5%.
If you wish to study outside the UK, you will be pleased to know that our G&T staff members are experienced in assisting with international university/college applications as well. In recent years Brock students have gone on to study in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, China and the Netherlands.
• Expert assistance with admissions forms, personal statements and references.
• Enrichment opportunities aimed at high-achievers, such as Medical Matters, which is for would-be doctors, nurses, dentists and veterinary practitioners.
• Mock interviews in all subject areas to help you make the right impression with top universities.
• Lectures from visiting speakers, ranging from NHS consultants to published playwrights.
• Entry to competitions such as the Senior Team Maths Challenge.
Special admissions tests
We assist you with both your revision and the registration formalities for various university admission tests. These include the NLAT, ELAT, MAT, TSA and BMAT for Oxford and Cambridge.
Other subject-specific assistance is also available. For example, our Head of Curriculum for Mathematics runs special sessions to prepare students for maths competitions, which in turn assists them with the MAT/PAT/STEP and AEA maths tests.
HE+ is a collaborative project run by the University of Cambridge that is aimed at high-achieving first year A Level students. You will be invited to apply for HE+ in early November, ahead of a January start.
- Extension classes in a range of core subjects to help you broaden and deepen your understanding, as well as develop key transferable skills.
- Workshops led by both academics and students from the University of Cambridge, addressing topics like university choices, submitting a strong application and preparing for an interview.
- Seminars delivered by academics from the University of Cambridge, plus a trip to the university itself.
Reading Scholars is an initiative offered by the University of Reading in core and arts-related subjects, including some not served by HE+. You may apply for Reading Scholars in your first autumn at Brock.
The scheme gives you a tangible taste of life as a university undergraduate and provides practical support for the higher education application process. It also features input from leading academics, current undergraduate e-mentors and Reading alumni.
Participation starts in December with masterclasses at the University of Reading’s campus in your chosen subjects. Subsequent visits are scheduled for February, March and June or July.
Enrichment and other opportunities
As a G&T student you can:
• Complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award, giving you a highly-recognised addition to your CV.
• Join our Debating Society in order to refine your skills of analysis and public speaking.
• Participate in the publication of the College newspaper to acquire a range of hands-on experiences.
• Share your musical, acting, singing or dancing talents by taking part in performances organised by us.
• Attend our French Film Club to help you further develop your French speaking and listening skills.
• Explore different ecological initiatives alongside likeminded people at our Eco Club.
• Benefit from a range of trips to places including Iceland, Romania and CERN in Zurich.
• Gain new perspectives from visiting speakers such as those from local law firms who visit us to conduct mock trials.
• Prepare to study medicine by joining our Medical Matters Enrichment group.