Pembroke North

OxNet Pembroke North is a unique Humanities and Social Sciences programme based on the theme “Thinkers and Cultures” which prepares participants for intensive learning in competitive universities. The programme is multi-disciplinary, covering History, Politics, Philosophy, Literature and Economics, and aims to develop study skills as well as subject knowledge. Students who have taken part in Pembroke North in previous years have gone on to study at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group universities.

The 2020/2021 programme will include:

  • Competitive application process (September-November)
  • Virtual Study Day at Pembroke College (February)
  • Six seminars with leading academics (February-March)
  • Essay Competition (April)
  • Academic Skills Webinars (April-May)
  • Five-day virtual summer school (August)

Applicants should be studying at least one Humanities subject at college and are expected to attend all parts of the programme.


The Goldsmiths’ Sutherland Centre for Philosophy and World Religions

Ashton Sixth Form is delighted to be the host institution for The Goldsmiths’ Sutherland Centre for Philosophy and World Religions, which officially launched under its new name in November 2019 as a regional centre of excellence for the teaching of Philosophy, Religions and related subjects, in partnership with Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

About the Centre

Ashton Sixth Form College was chosen as the third ‘subject centre’ to be established by Pembroke College. It followed the successful model of The East End Classics Centre at BSix Sixth Form College in Hackney, opened in 2012, and The North West Science Centre (with Corpus Christi College, Oxford) at South Cheshire College, launched in September 2013.

The Centre aims to raise the profile of Philosophy, Religion and related degree subjects among students who do not traditionally choose to pursue these subjects to undergraduate level, to introduce students to university-style learning, and to equip them to make applications to leading universities. 

For 2020/21, the Centre will offer an intensive programme to Year 12 students in state sixth forms from across all the OxNet network areas. The programme includes lectures and seminars delivered by academics from some of the country’s leading universities, a two-day conference at the University of Manchester and a residential summer school at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. For 2021/2021 it is based on the theme “How to change the world with words” and will cover questions of religious conversion, conspiracy theories, political rhetoric and philosophical ideas.


OxNet Languages

The OxNet Languages programme was new for 2019/20 and we are pleased to offer it again for 2020/21! The intensive course takes twenty Year 12 students studying either French, German or Spanish at A Level (or equivalent) from the North West, North East of England and London. It is an interdisciplinary course, aiming to answer the question, “What does it mean to be European?” through the study of history, literature, politics. gender and language.

Students taking part in the OxNet Languages programme will participate in:

  • Competitive application process (September-November)
  • Virtual Study Day at Pembroke College (February)
  • Six seminars with leading academics (February-March)
  • Essay Competition (April)
  • Academic Skills Webinars (April-May)
  • Five-day virtual summer school (August)

OxNet STEM

Pembroke College have offered an OxNet Science week as part of the summer residential for a number of years, and are now pleased to offer an intensive sciences programme! This intensive course takes twenty Year 12 students studying Science from the North West, North East of England and London, studying the science of Natural and Artificial Autonomy. Students will examine academic material covering questions of artificial intelligence, legal implications around artificial autonomy, programming, mathematical modelling, biological autonomy and will learn how to manipulate data for scientific research.

Students taking part in the OxNet Science programme will participate in:

  • Competitive application process (September-November)
  • Virtual Study Day at Pembroke College (February)
  • Six seminars with leading academics (February-March)
  • Essay Competition (April)
  • Academic Skills Webinars (April-May)
  • Five-day virtual summer school (August)

The Ordered Universe

The Ordered Universe Project is an international research project dedicated to the scientific works of the remarkable English thinker Robert Grosseteste (c.1170-1253). This programme is an interdisciplinary blend of science, social science and humanities and is open to students studying subjects from any of these areas. Previously, this project has only been open to students in the North East of England, so we are excited to be able to offer this to the whole OxNet network for 2020/21! You can find out more about the project and the OxNet programme on The Ordered Universe website: ordered-universe.com


For more information about OxNet, please contact Rebecca Crossfield in Student Services or go to www.ox-net.org

 

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