Four students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group have been successful in gaining academic scholarships for Concord College University Preparation programme this summer.

Now in its fifth year, the preparation programme is a way of developing academic outreach and university support to students living in Shropshire, who aspire to study at the UK’s top universities.

The annual University Preparation programme is taking place online for the second year running due to Covid-19 restrictions, and students can take part in a 2-week course specialising in Medicine (and Biomedicine), Engineering, or Economics, Finance, Business and Accounting with Management (EFAB-M).

All applying students had to answer a set of educational and aspirational questions, creating their answers in the form of a 5-minute video presentation.

Samuel Coulthurst, 17, previously of Meole Brace School and Norrie Randhawa, 17, previously of Telford Park school, will be specialising in Economics, Finance, Business and Accounting with Management.

Adam Thomas, 17 previously of William Brookes school, will be specialising in Engineering.

Grace Burgess, 17 previously of Meole Brace School, will be specialising in Medicine (and Biomedicine).

Karen Hayward, Agency Manager at Shrewsbury Colleges Group said: “Since 2017, 24 Shrewsbury Colleges Group students have benefitted from Concord’s University Preparation Programme. Previous scholarship recipients have progressed to competitive universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

“The selection of preparation courses is excellent and enables students to experience university-level teaching and preparation including exposure to a range of subjects and topics which offer academic enrichment beyond their required curriculum.”

She added: “These courses are even more important at a time when many students won’t have had the opportunity to visit universities in person and the unique concept of these courses offers students a complete experience of studying at a research-intensive university.”

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