The Physics Mentoring Project are excited to be piloting a new A-level mentoring project in Wales called Physics Mentoring: Advanced Connections. Advanced Connections is a year-long, free online tutoring and mentoring opportunity for Year 12 students studying Physics in Wales. This pilot project is being led by the award-winning Physics Mentoring Project in collaboration with Aberystwyth, Cardiff, and Swansea Universities.

Advanced Connections runs alongside students’ A-level studies. Students will receive academic tutorials that support the A-level curriculum, as well as mentoring sessions that provide information about applying, preparing for, and experiencing university.

This project is for school students currently in Year 12 studying Physics A-level, who are interested in studying physical sciences at university. We prioritise students who come from under-represented groups in higher education.

Our Physics Mentors are trained university students studying a physical science at Aberystwyth, Cardiff, or Swansea University. We place two Mentors with each small group of Year 12 students to carry out regular tutorials and mentoring sessions across the year. Mentors deliver 60-minute online sessions, with three different types of session delivered:

1. Physics Tutorials

  • One week before each tutorial, students will receive self-study materials to work through ahead of the session.
  • These materials might include a topic, problem, or activity to research or complete.
  • Students will then attend a one-hour tutorial with their Physics Mentors to work through the materials.

2. Mentoring Sessions

  • These sessions will cover various aspects to help students apply and prepare for university.
  • Example sessions could include application processes, preparing to move to university, and university life.

3. Combined Cohort Sessions

  • There will be some whole-cohort sessions (including all students taking part in mentoring) throughout the year on aspects such as personal statements, student finance, and preparing for interviews.

Applications are now open to take part in this project! If you are interested, please take a look at our information pages and apply:

Deadline: Friday 23rd February 2024

This pilot project has been kindly funded by Tony Hill, who supports Levelling Up: STEM in England.