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Congratulations to Pre Degree Diploma Winners

27th July 22

Many congratulations to this year’s Pre Degree Diploma winners: From the Engineering Group; Valeriy, Angus and Revan for their Solar Powered Glider project. They had some fierce competition at the programme’s final held on 29th June in the main hall. The standard of presentation in this year’s competition was very high.

This year’s Semi Finalists were:
Semi Final 1 presentation Psychology
Why do males take risks? By Yuewen, Nori Nan, Antonio Taoyu and Martin Mak Ho

Semi Final 2 presentation Engineering and Physics
Solar Powered Glider by Valeriy, Angus Sze Hin, Revan (the winners)

Semi Final 3 presentation Chemistry
Enzymatic biodegradation of plastic by Maria, Joshua, Emil

Semi Final 4 presentation Computer Science
Neural Networks by Rawand

The winning presentation can be viewed here.

The art students were given individual projects to work on and many congratulations to the winners from this area:
Architecture: Victoria for her design of an eco friendly house in the desert

Fine Art: Yihan

All students in Year 12 complete the Pre-Degree Diploma Course as part of our university preparation programme. Students have a timetabled class for one hour each week, working with like-minded students and being taught by experts in the subject area they plan to study at university.

During this time students gain deeper level knowledge and skills in the areas that they are interested in studying at university. You are asked to study outside of the curriculum and at a higher level, with weekly reading and assignments set by tutors to direct your learning.

At the end of Year 12, the students then work in groups to complete a project related to their area and then present their findings to their fellow students. These are them judged and four projects are selected for the Pre Degree Diploma final, where they present their projects to a panel of teachers.

The most important outcome from the Pre-Degree Diploma is to allows students to develop and demonstrate a passion and a love for their subject. As these are what university admissions tutors really look for in applicants. They help Abbey College Cambridge students to ‘stand out’ from other applicants to the most competitive universities.


For further information about the Pre Degree Diploma please click here to visit the course webpage.

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