Widening Participation Programmes and Access Schemes give you access to information and support to prepare you for your next steps after college.

  • information about university options and making a good application
  • workshops to develop your study skills
  • Mentoring from those leading in their field
  • Activities such as study days, campus visits, e-mentoring, summer schools, competitions and more

There are often significant benefits, such as support with your UCAS application or contextual offers for a course at that university if you complete the scheme. Even if you do not apply to the university running the programme, when you make your choices next year, you will have gained skills and information which will help your application to any university.

Selection for these programmes is done by the universities themselves and you must meet certain academic or eligibility criteria. You can find this on each programme's webpage. However, if you think other extenuating circumstances have affected your studies, you may still be able to apply.

Current opportunities available include: 

  • Access to Southampton
  • Access to Lancaster
  • Access to Leeds
  • Access to Sheffield
  • Arts Emergency Mentoring Programme
  • Aspiring Professionals Programmes - Social Mobility Foundation
  • Headstart Huddersfield
  • In2Science
  • Manchester Access Programme
  • MMU First Generation Scheme
  • Newcastle Partners
  • Next Step York & Black Access
  • NU Entry – Northumbria
  • Reach for Excellence - Leeds
  • Reading Scholars
  • Realising Opportunities
  • Supported Progression & STEP - Durham
  • Sutton Trust Pathways Programmes
  • Target Oxbridge
  • And more!!

Read more about our Access and Widening Participation programmes here.

For more information about any of these programmes, or to check if you are eligible to apply, please contact Alex in the Careers & Employability Team (alex.noble@asfc.ac.uk).

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