Bolton 6th Form Students Bridge the Gap between A-Level and Degree at MMU

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Left to right: Mark Goodwin, Maajid Jamil, Sadia Khan and Dr. Sam Edwards 

On Tuesday 22nd July, students from Bolton Sixth Form College came to the Humanities Faculty at MMU for an Academic Skills session, designed to bridge the gap between A-Level and university, with History lecturer, Dr Sam Edwards. In the morning, English Librarian, Rachel Fell, gave the students a whistle stop tour of MMU’s enormous online digital resources.  Each year MMU Spends approximately £3m on its academic resources and allows its students access to over 250 academic databases, 150,000 e-books and 60,000 e-journals.

In the afternoon, the history buffs were given the task of exploring MMU’s online archives to develop a presentation based on the origins of the First World War. This was presented to a panel of experts from the faculty who were mightily impressed with the confidence and depth of knowledge that the students displayed.

Teacher, Mark Goodwin found the day ‘very enjoyable and imaginative’. Mark said, “The students and myself learnt a lot from the session! The staff proved really helpful and we were all impressed with the array of resources on offer to students at MMU.”

Year 12 student, Maajid Jamil, said, “The day gave me a great insight into what university life will be like and the level of research I will be expected to undertake. I feel confident now that I can meet the demands of undergraduate level and look forward to the future.”

The Schools’ Liaison team in the Humanities Faculty at MMU will be inviting all students in year 12 and 13 to come to a special event in early September where they too will receive vital advice and guidance as to how they can become successful undergraduates.

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