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Year 12 Work Experience Programme

This is an opportunity to experience the exciting world of Life Sciences research first hand. The programme will run from 13th-17th July 2020 and will offer a variety of experiences across the week including:

  • Taking part in real research within molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, ecology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, neuroscience, or zoology
  • Creating a scientific poster presentation based on your interactions with researchers and post-graduate students
  • Participating in interactive lab sessions and attending talks presented by expert researchers on different aspects of the work we do at Nottingham.
  • In depth discussions around applying to university, covering topics such as personal statements and interview skills.

The programme is completely free and is based on a first-come-first-serve basis, however:

  • A maximum of two students from the same school will be selected
  • You must be studying A-level Biology and A-level Chemistry
  • Your school must be within a 12 mile radius of the University of Nottingham
  • You must be able to commit to the entire week of 13th - 17th July 2020, 9.30am start to 16.30pm

We strongly encourage everyone to apply, regardless of background, as this is a fantastic opportunity to experience what it would be like to be a part of the University of Nottingham.

The Year 12 Work Experience Programme application deadline is 17:00 on Friday 9th April 2020.

Any questions about the programme or application may be sent to Errolinda Ward at:

To register, please fill out the form below.

  • Personal Information
  • Please confirm you are a Year 12 student studying both Biology and Chemistry.
  • Please confirm that you are able to commit to the entire week of 13th - 17th July 2020, 9.30am start to 16.30pm finish each day.
  • Please confirm that you acknowledge accommodation cannot be provided by the University of Nottingham for the Work Experience programme.
  • Confirm you will be 16 or over by the 13th of July 2020. (Proof may be required before you start)
  • School Information
  • References
    Please give details of your teacher or Head of Year who will be providing a reference relating to your suitability for this placement and can verify your grades. (Regrettably, your application will not be accepted without a suitable reference from your teacher or Head of Year so please ensure the email address is correct and that your teacher or Head of Year is aware of you making this application.) If the work experience coordinator at your School / College is different from your referee, please also provide their details.
  • Parent/Guardian Consent
  • Personal Statement
    Please write a personal statement about why you would like to gain a place on this work experience placement programme. We would like you to talk about what you hope to gain from the programme and to discuss what you think might be a big area of research in Life Sciences over the next 5 years. No more than 200 words.
  • Have you attended a University outreach programme before?
  • Have you been on a work experience placement before?

School of Life Sciences

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham NG7 2UH

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