The two areas on offer are: Sport, Outdoor Education and Media and, Creative Arts and Live Music. The mornings will be academically focused and the afternoons more practical. The Sport and Outdoor Summer School’s morning sessions will include health, exercise and physical activity, sports development and outdoor adventure education. Students will be able to use the University’s Sport Science Lab.
The Media, Creative Arts and Live Music Summer School will comprise media production, live music and creative writing. There will be a trip to Deep Blue Sound – a professional recording studio located in Plymouth’s historic harbour.
The students will live in halls of residence, develop their skills during academic sessions and meet current students. They will also enjoy a range of social activities and receive an authentic experience of university life. The University of St Mark & St John is paying for the students’ transport – from anywhere in the country and being situated in Plymouth, this means they will get glimpses of the sea and Dartmoor on route to the campus.
The festival will enable teenagers to test-drive living on campus and experience the combination of studying away from home and meeting new people. This will better prepare them for university life in two years’ time and even encourage some under-confident students to apply to degree programmes.
Jack Levick, a current student said, ‘I originally came on a University of St Mark & St John Summer School with no real intention of going to university, but as it was a taster opportunity I thought I would see what university life could be like and instantly loved the place. The campus felt like a tight community and the students that worked on the Summer School made it so much fun for all of us.’
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