Interested in building your future in the thriving and ever changing digital sector?

Pathways to Coding is a new and exciting programme which looks to inspire and support students to explore a range of careers in the digital sector through building the essential technical skills and sector knowledge which will enable students to be successful. This is achieved through skills workshops, work experience and mentoring, as well providing opportunities to network with those already working in the sector.

The programme is a new and exciting project which launched in 2016 with generous support from our donors. Pathways to Coding has been established to widen access to the digital sector where there are major skill shortages in the fields of technology and coding. The programme aims to raise student’s aspirations and allow them to make informed decision about their future career.

Applications for 2018/19 are now closed.


The Trust have teamed up with Queen Mary university to deliver the pilot stage of the programme
The Pathways to Coding programme supports 50 students a year and is the first initiative of its type.
The programme is looking to support over 150 students over the next four years

Every Pathways to Coding Student will be offered:

  • Work experience placement in the digital sector

  • A programme of after-school and weekend events.

  • E-mentoring from undergraduate students in relevant disciplines

  • The chance to attend a residential packed with coding activities, talks, and networking opportunities


Students applying to Pathways to Coding 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

  • Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university to which you are applying. If you are unsure whether you are living within a reasonable commuting distance, please email [email protected]

In addition, we are looking for students who:

  • Have achieved 5 A* – B grades at GCSE (with a minimum of 2 A* or A grades), including grades 9 – 6 in Mathematics and English

  • 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

*The more of these criteria you meet, the more likely it is that you will be offered a place on the programme.


Pathways to Coding runs for two academic years. It starts during the first term of Year 12 and finishes in the final term of Year 13. The programme is run in conjunction with the following university:

Queen Mary University


Applications for Pathways to Coding are now closed.


The cost associated with being on the programme (travel and accommodation) are covered by the Sutton Trust and our partner universities.

All students are offered the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement appropriate to the Pathways programme that they are on.

No, you can apply to and attend one Sutton Trust programme. This is to make sure as many students as possible benefit from the programmes. Any duplicate applications will be deleted.

Applications for Pathways to Coding open on Friday 25th August, and will close on Friday October 20th.

All students are required to live within an hour’s commute from the delivery university in order to make involvement in the various sessions and activities manageable. If you are not within this proximity it might be worth considering the Sutton Trust UK Summer Schools which are national rather than regional programmes.

You can apply, but you should be aware that our Pathways programmes are often oversubscribed – If you do not meet the academic criteria your application is less likely to be successful.

If you do not meet the academic criteria but there are extenuating circumstances to explain this, please ask your teacher to provide details when they verify your application.

The Sutton Trust is not a grant / scholarship making charity. We cannot financially support our students following at Pathways Programme, though there are many other sources of financial support available, some of which may be specific to the university you go to and which your university may be able to advise on.

The Sutton Trust programmes are for highly able state school or college (non-fee-paying) students only. Applications from students studying at private/independent (fee-paying) schools will not be considered, even if you receive a scholarship or bursary in to cover the fees. Some universities will show flexibility if you are currently in or have been in care.

If you are unsure whether your school is eligible, please visit www.schoolguide.co.uk to check. If your school is listed as ‘Independent’, it is not eligible.

There is space on the UCAS form to indicate any involvement in a university access programme (which all the Sutton Trust programmes are). Some universities will give preference or reduced offers to students who have attended these, however this is not the case for all universities. We also stress that this should not be a determining factor for you to attend a Pathways programme. Your motivation for attending should be aligned to the aims and objectives of the programme.

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