In S6, pupils have the opportunity to visit Glasgow Caledonian University for a day’s shadowing experience in a subject of their choice, getting a realistic taste of the subject they’re interested in.
Pupils attend lectures, tutorials and labs and also visit the library and other facilities to gain a realistic insight into the course of their interest and student life. Furthermore pupils have time to ask academic staff questions within their area of interest to better understand what kind of jobs courses might lead to, and be clearer about what they need to do in order to achieve their ambitions after school.
The day is followed up by a parent and pupil evening, which gives detailed information on university applications and student finance.
Attending the Shadowing project at GCU for Nursing made me realise that nursing is really what I want to do in the future and helped with the decision to apply for health care at college."Pupil, Drumchapel High School
I spoke to students and the professors about the university. The impact of the experiences highlighted just how good university could be - fun and learning. It was a great taste of what university life is like. It opened my eyes to the possibilities and to consider Journalism at university, so I set my sights on the GCU Journalism course. Being part of the Caledonian Club gave me a better understanding of universities so I also investigated and went for interviews elsewhere, but my first choice was GCU. There is a special atmosphere here that is hard to explain. It's friendly, open, casual and supportive."Ryan Bounagui, student mentor and former pupil, Whitehill Secondary School