1. Introduction

Seren is a Welsh Government initiative dedicated to helping Wales’ brightest state educated learners achieve their full academic potential and support their education pathway into leading universities in Wales, the UK, and overseas.

It is a collaboration between the Welsh Government, schools, colleges, leading universities, Seren Graduates, local authorities and third sector organisations to provide extensive national and regional activities. Seren is a fully funded programme available to year 8 to 13 learners from state schools and further education colleges across Wales, regardless of their economic background, personal situation, or location.

By providing extracurricular study experiences and enrichment activities that go beyond the curriculum, Seren supports you to widen your horizons, develop passion for your chosen field of study, and achieve your goals. Working with leading universities and education partners, support includes subject masterclasses, workshops, tutorials, study guides, mentoring, advice and guidance.

The programme is split into Seren Foundation (which supports years 8 to 11) and Seren Academy (which offers support for year 12 and 13 learners in schools as well as first and second year learners in further education settings).

For Foundation learners, the focus is on helping you make informed decisions about GCSE and A level subject choices and getting you to think about your future university and career goals. Seren Academy provides unique opportunities to receive direct advice from university admissions tutors on how to apply to leading universities, develop competitive personal statements, prepare for admissions tests and approach interviews.

Seren also offers year 11 Foundation learners and year 12 Academy learners the chance to experience undergraduate-level study through exclusive university summer schools.

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