There are three main aspects of the programme:
You will receive high quality materials and a structured study programme.
Each cycle will include structured self-study and a one-hour tutorial on that material.
The programme runs from March of Year 12 through Year 13, with a different topic discussed every cycle; all topics are taken from and will support your A-level course.
You will also learn about real-life applications of the science and links to research.
You will attend small group mentor sessions, to provide opportunities to discuss university life, university applications and provide a consistent supportive environment where you can address any concerns about your studies.
There will also be the opportunity for an onsite/virtual visit (Covid-19 dependent), to include a tour of Durham University’s Physics Department.
You will be invited to online guest lectures given by renowned academics in a range of STEM subjects. These will demonstrate how different aspects of the subjects are applied in a wide variety of STEM careers.
You will have the opportunity to get to know and work with members of the Durham University Community, including your tutors, mentors and guest lecturers.
Similar Physics programmes will also be taking place at the University of Birmingham and Imperial College London.
Upon successful placement on the programme, you will be allocated:
Following an online introductory session in March 2023, cohort 3 will have a weekly programme of activities. These vary slightly to fit term times and exams but will roughly follow the pattern of:
It is therefore desirable that you commit an average of one hour per week to the programme.
The cohort 3 programme will start in March 2023 and run through much of the 2023/24 academic year, throughout school term times.
Please note, to participate in the Physics Programme, you must be studying the following A-level (or equivalent) subjects: A-level Physics and A-level Maths.
Further information about eligibility is on our Eligibility Criteria page.