INTO UEA’s New­ton Pro­gramme gives high achiev­ing stu­dents the unique op­por­tu­nity to study for their A lev­els on a uni­ver­sity cam­pus. Emma Lee goes back to the class­room to dis­cover more

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AF­TER­NOON classes at INTO UEA have just be­gun, but there’s no ev­i­dence of a post-lunch en­ergy dip. In one sci­ence lab there’s a buzz of ex­cite­ment and chat­ter as en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents work to­gether to cre­ate an elec­tric mo­tor from scratch. In the lab next door, the bi­ol­ogy stu­dents are qui­eter, but no less in­dus­tri­ous. They’re ex­per­i­ment­ing with mint – a crop that’s abun­dant in Nor­folk – and have been given a se­ries of chal­lenges to crack, rang­ing from mak­ing mint choco­late to as­sess­ing its anti bac­te­rial prop­er­ties to work­ing out what makes it cold. In a class­room on the other side of the build­ing a trio of stu­dents is prac­tis­ing writ­ing timed es­says, hon­ing their de­bat­ing and rea­son­ing skills, and their fo­cus is pal­pa­ble. Mean­while, off cam­pus, other stu­dents who are plan­ning to ap­ply to study medicine are on work place­ments at the Nor­folk and Nor­wich Hospi­tal, see­ing the re­al­ity of life on the front­line of care for them­selves. These young peo­ple, who come from all over the world, are stu­dents on INTO UEA’s New­ton A level Pro­gramme. INTO UEA is a joint ven­ture which of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of aca­demic pro­grammes and English lan­guage cour­ses to pre­pare in­ter­na­tional stu­dents for uni­ver­sity life in the UK, plus the New­ton Pro­gramme, which is a fee pay­ing A level course. The cen­tre, which of­fers state of the art fa­cil­i­ties, opened on cam­pus 10 years ago and re­cently won a Queen’s Award for

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