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 10-13 in the 2020-21 Academic Year.

The online workshops will take place between 5:00 – 7:00pm on Thursday evenings, commencing 16th July and running for 10 weeks. You will also be set tasks of between 1 – 2 hours to complete in-between sessions. There will be additional online resources and learning opportunities for you to tailor the programme to your own interests.

What do I need to take part?

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.

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. All materials will be easily accessible and affordable. If you have any concerns about material costs, please let us know and we can help you.

How do I graduate from the programme?

We ask that you commit to at least 80% of the live-sessions for the 10 week programme. This is because you will be working as part of a group throughout the Academy. 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.

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 will 17th September.

Join our Taster Session to find out more

We will be holding an introductory session for interested participants on the 16th June on Zoom, where you can meet the team and ask any questions you may have. Please book on to the event here. Or, you’re already sure, you can apply at the link below.

Join us

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

To apply, please fill out this short online survey. Deadline for applications is 30th June:

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

We look forward to hearing from you!