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Global Virtual Program
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Requirements
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Jul 22 — Aug 02
Price range
2500 £ GBP
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Key Facts

Winchester College's CATALYST programmes are for students ages 10-13 and 14-17. We offer one or two week online courses for young people to build vital skills that will support their educational journey and prepare them for school, university, and beyond. 

2024 PROGRAMMES: 

1. CATALYST Horizons is for young people aged 14 - 17. 

Upcoming Dates: February 12th - 16th, July 22nd - August 2nd, or July 29th - 9th. 


2. CATALYST Foundations is for pupils aged 10 - 13. 

Upcoming Dates: April 8th - 12th, July 22nd - 26th, or August 12th - 16th

For more info, including programme availability, how to apply, and latest news, can be found on our website: www.catalyst.winchestercollege.org

Interest Areas:
Computer Science
Enrichment
Humanities, Literature, Philosophy
Leadership
Natural Sciences & Ecology
Pre-college
Research
Social Sciences
STEM
Technology & Innovation
Exploration, Interdisciplinary programs
Grade:
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12
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Academics

CATALYST draws on Winchester College’s unique pedagogy and empowers students to explore topics that span tech & innovation, culture, industry, and climate change & conservation. Taught be leading educators and guest speakers, participants will have the chance to work alongside students from around the world, covering groundbreaking topics and tackling fascinating global problems. Subjects have been chosen to allow students to develop important skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and debate. In addition, students are offered the chance to develop a personal project covering a topic important to them, called a Change Project. This can serve as a springboard for further study, or as a way to evidence a subject-specific passion. 

Taking place on our digital campus, group work and discussions are punctuated with short lectures from renowned guest speakers while Winchester dons support students in their learning and development. Teamwork is at the heart of the programme, with students encouraged to debate and dive into subject matter head-on. 

Format

Taking place in our bespoke and highly interactive digital campus ("The Yard"), CATALYST programmes equip young people with the problem-solving and critical thinking skills they need to thrive.

- Interactive team-based challenges
- 121 coaching and development
- Support developing an impactful 'Change Project'
- Immersive and interactive learning platform, unlike any other online educational experience

 

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A true eye-opener. The programme brings not only new perspectives but also important life skills. Socialising, sharing ideas, having a debate, and laughing with your cohort.

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Do you want to look at the world with a different lens? CATALYST is the way to go. You will work alongside people from all over the world who have a diversity of interests but who are all driven to make the world a better place. CATALYST’s style of teaching is creative, lively and interactive.

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You get to meet so many amazing people, including your teachers, lecturers, guest speakers, and peers. It is definitely an experience that helped me grow as a person and also helped me expand my knowledge and manage my teamwork skills and work ethic better.

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CATALYST challenges the cohort to the fullest and embraces everyone's differences and specialities to help the pupil and the rest of the cohort learn even better. They often say it takes pressure to make diamonds, and CATALYST does a great job of applying that pressure in a supportive way.

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I gained skills from all different areas; teamwork, how to think at speed and then form a solid argument, how to be pushed out of your comfort zone, and then having enough confidence to present a speech or present a piece of work that you've done.

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Interactive, informative, crazy, fun, intensive, immersive, and unforgettable!

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It zoomed out to the bigger picture and made me really think about topics I didn’t know much about. I think the topics were really well thought out and the other people on the course definitely added to this sense of worldliness.

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They expect students to be knowledgeable in various areas and treat students as more mature people than school teachers usually do. This allows the students to be more independent but also be able to take part in more academically stimulating conversations.

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I have completely changed my outlook to studying, the future. I also learnt better study skills and time management.

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SUPER INTERESTING!!!!!! Personhood - what a personal (no pun intended…) and engaging topic :))) and discussing how we think of ‘the end’ and what it could entail, also what different people see as their world. Also a very different style of challenge that was very interesting. All in all 10/10 <3

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I'm finding it harder to win those conversations over the dinner table now because I'm being met not just with a point of view, but one that's backed up with evidence and data. She seems like a stakeholder now - someone who is directly engaged with the biggest issues of our time, and has enough knowledge and ideas to feel like she can meaningfully contribute.

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I really loved it. The whole program was highly interactive and the educators were very helpful.

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Eligibility

Applicants must be between 10-17 years of age and fluent spoken English. If you’re not sure of your eligibility please contact our head of admissions: [email protected]

Application Components
image Parent/Guardian Consent
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Applicants will be asked to submit a short online form before interviewing (via video call) with a member of the CATALYST team.

Tuition & Aid
CATALYST by Winchester College
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2500 £ GBP

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Financial assistance is available and assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please apply directly catalyst.winchestercollege.org if you require financial assistance. 

CATALYST by Winchester College image
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Global Virtual Program
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Requirements
image Parent/Guardian Consent
image Additional Requirements *
image Online Application From *
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Jul 22 — Aug 02
Price range
2500 £ GBP
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Need Help?
Learn more about the application process in the Blog or by scheduling a free consultation with the Summer Program adviser
Speak with an adviser Learn more in the blog

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