Pem-Brooke London & Pembroke North

We offer something quite different from recent widening participation strategies. The objective is an academic approach that ensures that young people are prepared for intensive learning in competitive universities more generally and encouraged to go beyond the school curriculum. Students are made aware of niche subjects by actually studying those subjects in the regions where Pembroke has university responsibility: parts of London and the North West. 

Sixth formers apply to join the Pem-Brooke programme via Hackney University Extension, coordinated by BSix Brooke House Sixth Form College, and to the Pembroke North programme coordinated by Ashton 6th Form College in Manchester.

Students who gain a place on the programme spend 8 months (January- August) engaged in a demanding academic programme of lectures and seminars provided by Pembroke academics, as well as benefitting from mentoring by Pembroke students. There is a weekend school during the Easter holidays, and the programme culminates in a week-long residential summer school held at Pembroke College during which students participants in life as an Oxford undergraduate.

This intensive academic approach is successful. Students on our programmes have gone on to Oxford, Cambridge and other research-intensive universities. One hub college has experienced a 500% rise in Russell Group places while others have reported cross-college awareness that Pem-Brooke London and Pembroke North students are going further in their university careers than they ever thought possible.

We are especially grateful to the Goldsmiths' Company for their generous support of the programme.