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U.U Step Up

University of Ulster Step Up Programme

What is Step-Up?
Step-Up is a unique and innovative interventionist programme that provides new learning opportunities for talented young people who live in areas of social and economic disadvantage.
The programme aims to raise pupil’s aspirations, expectations and academic performance, thereby enabling them to progress to Higher Education.

The programme, which has been operating successfully in St Cecilia’s since 2000, actively involves the University, other secondary schools, local industry, hospitals and government agencies in a collaborative partnership. The partner organisations contribute to the teaching of the Double Award GCE Applied Science qualification within a highly structured programme of academic and vocational activities.

The programme specifically aims to:

  • Raise pupil’s performance in Science subjects.
  • Encourage participation in Higher Education of young people who otherwise would not have regarded this as an option.
  • Develop subject specific and general transferable study skills to facilitate the transition from school to Higher Education.
  • Provide students with ongoing support to ensure successful completion of degree level programmes.