Year 12 Science Masterclass for A Level Students in UK

Year 12 Masterclass for A level student in UK

What is Year 12 Masterclass?

 

The subject masterclass is subject-specific events that offer students a flavor of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University environment. In UK, Masterclasses are conducted by universities on various days of Spring and Summer season.

Spring Master Class

Aimed at academically able Year 12 students from any school/college, the Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus and offer the chance to experience typical undergraduate teaching. It also helps you to decide what area of study you would like to pursue at degree level. They give you an insight into your chosen subject, and so provide an excellent example to include in your personal statement.

Below is the list of science related Masterclasses which are conducted in this April.

University College of London

Category: Bioscience.

Session Focus: DNA – its function and importance.

Mentor: Dr. Chris Taylorson.

Session Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017.

About Session: This Masterclass involves using everyday kitchen materials to extract DNA from human cells. Participants will provide their own cells and extract their own DNA using materials such as washing up liquid, pineapple juice, salt and a small quantity of alcohol. The technique works really well, is fun and very instructive. The session will start with a short talk about the cell and deoxyribonucleic acid, its function and importance. The extraction procedure is explained in terms of what the materials used are actually doing to the contents of the mouth cells used and gives real insight into cell structure and function. The second part of the session will involve the participants trying to extract their own mouth cell DNA. The aim of the experiment, which is visually quite exciting, is to produce DNA which can be spooled from the extraction medium onto toothpicks.

 

Category: Psychology & Language Science

Session Focus: How do children learn the language?

Mentor: Dr. Caroline Newton.

Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017.

About Session: Are the origins of language innate in the human infant, or is the process of language development driven by external factors like mother’s speech? This Nature vs. Nurture debate has fascinated philosophers and scientists for thousands of years. This master class will encourage you to explore the language learning process for yourself and see where you stand on Nature/Nurture debate.

Category: Anthropology.

Session Focus: Disney, Deceit & Dressing Up

Mentor: Sally Dennehy.

Date: Wednesday 12 April 2017.

About Session: In this masterclass we will explore how children’s stories influence expectations, attempting to understand how cultural studies can enable choice. By improving students’ abilities to break down symbolic representation and to create symbolic representation this session will show how Anthropology encourages students to question and challenge the world around them.

Click here for more information and for the application.

 

Royal Holloway University of London

Category: Particle Physics.

Session Focus: Particle on Physics topics.

Mentor: Anna Christodoulou.

Date: Wednesday 19 April and Thursday 20 April 2017.

Last date of application: First come, first served basis.

About Session: This session consists of a mixture of talks and practical sessions centered on particle physics.  Students will learn about Quarks, Leptons, Antimatter, the Big Bang, CERN and the ATLAS detector from research experts at Royal Holloway.

Click here for more information and for the application.

University of Cambridge

The university of Cambridge offers Masterclass on various subjects which can be taken by any year 12 students. Each Masterclass includes:

  • Two taster lectures delivered by leading academic staff from the University.
  • The opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
  • An introduction to the Cambridge admissions process.
  • The opportunity to hear about life as a Cambridge student from current undergraduates. 

Date: Wednesday 01 April 2017.  Subject: Genetics & Biochemistry. 

Date: Tuesday 07 April 2017.        Subject: Chemistry, Sociology.

Date: Wednesday 08 April 2017.  Subject: Physics, Archaeology, Mathematics and Geography 

Click here for more information and for the application.

 

University of Bristol

Category: Particle Physics.

Session Focus: Particle on Physics topics.

Date: Thursday 6th & Friday 7th April 2017.

Last date of application: 30th March 2017 (First come, first served basis).

About Session: University of Bristol’s Masterclass is an annual event, with two identical workshops taking place over two days, accommodating hundreds of school pupils each year.

Click here for more information and for the application.

 

Swansea University

Category: Particle Physics.

Session Focus: Particle on Physics topics.

Date: Monday, 27 March and Tuesday 4 July 2017.

Last date of application: First come, first served basis.

About Session:  The day of session starts with a lecture describing the essentials of particle physics and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  This is followed by a short introduction to the computer system ATLANTIS used at CERN to analyze collision events from the ATLAS detector.  Students will then have the opportunity to use this software in a practical session held in the computer laboratory and will identify for themselves events with elementary particles such as quarks, leptons, the W and Z bosons, and possibly the Higgs boson.

Click here for more information and for the application.

 

 

 

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