Where and when is it? 

This year, the Academy will be based online and is open to young people across the North West and beyond. You can apply if you will be in years 10-12 in the 2020-21 Academic Year, and we’ll be offering a limited number of places for year 13 students.

This programme is flexible and takes place outside of school hours. It will be delivered around your other commitments with a mixture day and evening workshops, and individual and collaborate activities.

The weekly sessions will take place over video conferencing software, Zoom. We will use this software to talk together, meet the cohort, meet invited speakers and mentors, learn new skills and undertake projects.

What do I need to take part?

You will need access to a laptop or computer to take part in the Academy. Throughout the programme, we will inform you of any additional software or programmes you may be asked to use, all of which will be free.

You will also need paper and pens or pencils in order to make notes, sketches, drawings and potentially models. We will clarify the details through the programme and help you source materials if and when necessary.

How do I graduate from the programme?

You must participate in every weekly evening session for the whole 10 weeks. If you are unable to attend a live-session for any reason, you will be given the opportunity to complete activities in your own time. We ask that you commit to at least 80% of the live-sessions.

The programme will result in an online presentation of your group project to our Partners and Sponsors. You must be available for this session. The date of this is to be announced shortly.

How do I find out more?

We will be holding an introductory session for interested participants on Zoom where you can meet the team and ask any questions you may have. Please check back for details, or request to keep in touch by contacting .

Join us

We are now accepting applications for the PLACED Academy 2020-21

To apply, please fill out this short online survey:

We will only use your details to contact you specifically about your application for the PLACED Academy. We will not use your email or contact information for marketing activities.

We will be back in touch with your in due course to inform you of the outcome of your application.

If you have any questions about the Academy or the application form ahead of applying, please contact or fill out the form below.

We look forward to hearing from you!