University links

Having established links with leading universities across the country, The City Academy, Hackney is able to offer a broad programme of short courses, summer schools, and masterclasses that will prepare our students for both higher education and the world of work.

Clare College, Cambridge

Clare College, encourages talented applicants to apply to Cambridge University, and other Russell Group universities, regardless of their background. A range of workshop sessions available as part of a day visit include:

  • How University works – general introduction to student life at university
  • Which University? – advice on UCAS and course choice
  • Myth-Busting: dispelling common myths associated with applying to Cambridge
  • The Supplementary Application Questionnaire/The Thinking Skills Assessment – part of the Cambridge admission process
  • Student finance
  • Applying to Cambridge
  • Personal statements
  • Interview preparation

London School of Economics

Executive Summer School

  • Economics
  • Finance and Accounting
  • International Relations and Public Policy
  • Marketing
  • Strategy and Leadership

LSE Summer School

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • International Relations, Government & Society
  • Law
  • Management

Sutton Trust

The Sutton Trust, a think tank and ‘do-tank’, is an organisation that pilots programmes and schemes designed to support students from all backgrounds with their education and beyond by improving educational opportunities and access to education irrespective of income or background. Courses include:

  • Year 12 Summer School
  • Sutton Trust US Programme
  • Pathways to Law Programme
  • Pathways to Property
  • Design Triathlon
  • Future First Programme
  • The Brilliant Club

University College London

University College London offers a range of summer schools, residential courses, conferences and the following masterclasses:

Year 12 Masterclasses

  • Careers in Pharmacy
  • Criminal Law
  • Medical Physics: Bringing Science to Life
  • Danish film and television
  • Translation in film and theatre
  • Winner takes all
  • Screening the City: Berlin in film and television
  • Urban Planning for the 21st Century
  • Thinking about narrative structure in film
  • The wonders of the Biological Catalyst
  • A crash course in Danish literary history
  • How do we understand speech? An introduction to the psychology of language
  • Human Rights: rights or responsibilities?
  • Witches and Maguses: Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Tempest
  • Proteins as therapeutic agents
  • Lighting the dark
  • Geographies of London
  • La Bande-Dessinee en France
  • Bench to Bedside
  • What is ‘intelligence’ and is it inherited?

Queen Mary University of London

Situated in the heart of East London, Queen Mary University is just a few miles from the academy. QMUL offers a number of summer school programmes and residential courses specially designed for Year 12 students, including:

  • Year 12 Medicine and Dentistry Summer School
  • Year 12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Spring School
  • Year 12 Medicine and Dentistry Residential Summer School
  • Year 12 Summer and Autumn Schools
  • Physics Practical School
  • Access to Dentistry Scheme

Wadham College, Oxford

Wadham College, part of the University of Oxford, provides courses, visits and residentials for students in Year 12 and 13 including:

  • Year 12 East London Mentoring Scheme
  • Sixth Form visits – “Oxbridge Evenings”
  • Higher Education fairs
  • Access Road Show
  • East End Classics residential
  • Aspiring day programme
  • Pathways Programme: Oxford application information day (Year 13)
  • Year 13 – Oxford application information day