Eligibility criteria

Students applying to Pathways 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
  • If applying for Pathways in person: Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university you are applying to. This will normally be one hour’s travel time each way.



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
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
  • Have been looked after or in care

The more criteria you meet, the more likely you are to be offered a place on the programme.