ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Interested in the financial sector but unsure what the career options are and how to access them?
Pathways to Banking and Finance is a programme that looks to inspire and support students to explore a range of careers in banking and finance. It was developed to widen access to the finance sector following research by the Sutton Trust showing that the top echelons of the professions were drawn from a narrow range of social backgrounds.
The programme aims to raise students’ aspirations and allow them to make informed decisions about their future career. The programme achieves this through work experience, skills workshops, mentoring as well as networking opportunities with those already in the industry.
Launched in 2017, this is the latest addition to the Pathways to the Professions programmes at the Sutton Trust. The programme has been made possible by the generous support of Deutsche Bank.
Applications for 2019/20 are now closed.
Whilst each university has a unique way of delivering the programme, every Pathways to Banking and Finance student will be offered:
A one week work experience placement at a leading organisation in the finance sector
A programme of after-school and weekend events.
E-mentoring from finance focused undergraduate students
The chance to attend a residential conference packed with talks, activities and networking opportunities
WHO CAN APPLY
Students applying to Pathways to Banking and Finance must meet the following criteria:
Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
Be in Year 12 at the start of the programme (for post 16 2-year programme)
Be in year 11 (for pre 16 activities)
Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university to which they are applying. If you are unsure whether you live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university, please email [email protected]
In addition, we are looking for students who:
Students must have achieved five GCSEs at grades 9-6, including English and Mathematics. A minimum of two of these qualifications should be at grades 9 – 7. This is equivalent to five GCSEs at A* – B in the old system, with two grades at A* – A’
Would be the first generation in their family to attend university
Have been in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school
Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals
Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who qualify for means-tested benefits
Have been looked after or in care