Get the skills to succeed in our FREE online study skills programme!

If you’re currently in year 13 or level 3 Y2 and planning to apply to university, our Make It Count study skills programme will help you build the skills needed to support your current studies, as well as your transition to university.

As part of the programme you will have the opportunity to attend at least 5 sessions, with optional topics on offer. From learning how to manage stress to presenting like a pro, you can tailor the programme to best suit you.

Read through the FAQ’s below to find out more about the sessions on offer and programme eligibility. If you have any other questions please drop our friendly team a line and they'll help you out.

Applying is easy - just answer a few questions on an online form. Applications close on 7 December 2020.


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What topics will be covered?



Managing Time
Time management is a useful skill not only for your current studies, but for university and future employment as well. This session will cover key strategies to help you stay on top of your workload. 

Independent Learning
What does it mean to learn independently? This session will introduce you to what is meant by independent learning at university and focus on how to develop independent study skills to support you now and in the future.  

Academic Writing at University
What is academic writing? How does it work in a degree? Whether you’re familiar with writing essays, or you haven’t written them for a while this session will cover the basics of academic writing at university level. 


On the application form you will need to select a minimum of 2 sessions from the  4 options below. Not sure what sessions would be best for you? Email us at and we’d be happy to advise you. 

Managing Stress
There may be times during your current studies or at university where you feel stressed, this could be related to your studies, your personal life, or both. Whatever the cause, this session will help you recognise the signs of stress and develop proactive strategies on how to manage it. 

Presentation Skills
At school or university you may be asked to do a presentation, either as a group or individually. This session will give you top tips on creating and delivering a presentation, as well as tackling your nerves.  

Exam skills 
Haven’t done an exam in ages? Feel bit out of practice? We have just the sessions for you to feel prepared and ready to tackle exams as part of your degree. 

Using Data 
Using data at university is not just reserved for the sciences. This session will explore how data may be used across different subjects to support an argument. This session is the ideal refresh of maths skills that you could come across in your degree.  

When will the sessions be?


There are 2 possible timeslots for each session, the Tuesday Sessions will run from 5-6pm and the Wednesday Sessions will run from 4-5pm. Please indicate on your application what timeslot you would like to attend. 

The dates are as follows:

  • Managing Time: Tuesday 12 OR Wednesday 13 January 2021
  • Academic Writing at University: Tuesday 26 OR Wednesday 27 January 2021 
  • Independent Learning: Tuesday 9 OR Wednesday 10 February 2021 
  • Presentation Skills: Tuesday 23 OR Wednesday 24 February 2021
  • Managing Stress: Tuesday 9 OR Wednesday 10 March 2021 
  • Exam Skills: Tuesday 23 OR Wednesday 24 March 2021 
  • Using Data: Tuesday 13 OR Wednesday 14 April 2021

What is the Easter bootcamp?


To further support with your current studies, there will also be an opportunity to attend a subject specific Bootcamp on campus over the Easter holidays on Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 April 2021. On the application form you will have the opportunity to ask what subject you would like support on. The most popular subjects across A level and BTEC will then be selected for the bootcamp. And generic revision support will also be available. If you are successful at securing a place on the programme, you will be notified with more information on the bootcamps nearer the time. 

Please note that face-to-face delivery will be covid- dependent. 

Am I eligible to take part?


As an Outreach team our aim is to recognise and reduce the barriers that sometimes get in the way of young people making it to university. This is why we prioritise young people on our events who may be experiencing particular barriers, or come from backgrounds where few people typically progress to university.

 Essential criteria:

  • Students are currently in year 13 or Level 3 Year 2 
  • Students must have applied, or plan to apply for university for 2021 entry
  • Students attend one of our partner schools in Norfolk or North Suffolk.

 Additional consideration is given to your circumstances and experience, including:

  • Where you live
  • Whether you receive free school meals
  • Whether you a young carer
  • Whether  you  have spent time in local authority care
  • Whether you have a disability, mental health condition, or specific learning difficulty

How can I apply?


You can apply online today by answering a few simple questions; click the button below.

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Applications close on 7 December 2020.

How do I access the online sessions?


The sessions will run online via MS Teams which is free to use and can be accessed via a desktop, tablet or mobile device.
A technology guide will be provided with all the information you will need ahead of the first session.