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Listening to experts in the field is really helpful from the perspective of a prospective medical student as you get the experience and insight into each area of medicine from cardio and neuro to general practice and rehabilitation medicine which have given me hundreds of points to write about on my personal statement

Pathways to Medicine alum

I really wanted to widen my understanding of Law and the industry to give me a better idea of what I wanted in a future career. Joining sessions online has been quick and easy so I can easily work it into my day. Having them be recorded means I can rewatch the sessions multiple times in the future or catch up on something I missed so that I have all the information I need.

Pathways to Law online student

The programme was so inspiring. If you're not sure, just take the chance, it could potentially be one of the best things you've ever done, as it was for me. You have nothing to lose by applying!

Pathways to Law attendee

I am so glad I applied to this because I've gained so much career based knowledge I've enjoyed meeting so many new people, from the other students on the programme to mentors at large international companies. I've gone from not knowing much about consulting to envisioning myself working for some of the companies I've met through the programme

Pathways to Consulting student

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Banking & Finance

There’s a surprising range of careers in banking and finance to choose from, depending on what interests you. Many of them will entail negotiation, project management, financial advising, client management, and accounting. From professional skill workshops on negotiating and trading; to undergraduate taster lectures in economics; to hands-on work experience at banks and investment firms, you will explore whether banking and finance is the right path for you.

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Eligibility Criteria

You may apply to a Pathways programme if you:

Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college (non-fee paying) in the UK

Are studying in Year 12 in England or Wales, Year 13 in Northern Ireland, or S5 in Scotland (or equivalent)

Desirable results include:

Have achieved at least five GCSEs at grades 9 – 6, including English and Maths. A minimum of two of these qualifications should be at grades 9 – 7. Or five A or B grades at National 5 including one A

Or 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.

In addition, we are looking for students who:

Would be in the first generation of your family to attend university

Have been in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school

Attend a school or college with a below-average A-level or Higher point score and/or a low rate of progression to higher education

Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education and/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 secure a place. Not meeting all of these will not disqualify you.

How to apply

Step 1

Check if you are eligible

Check you are eligible.

Since we offer both in person and online pathways programmes, bear in mind that there is one piece of eligibility criteria which differs – location.

If you are on an in person programme, you must live within a 90 minute commuting distance of the university you are applying to.

Our online programmes are open to anyone across the country.

Am I Eligible?

Step 2

Applications open

Applications open in early September.

It’s a very simple application form.

  • Mostly yes/no questions
  • A brief personal statement (of no more than 300 words) explaining your suitability for the programme and why you would like to participate

Step 3

Applications close (variable)

Dependent on each programme and university.

Usually between the end of September and early December

Step 4

Decisions announced

Dependent on each programme and university.

Usually early October to early December.

Step 5

Launch of Pathways programme and invitation to Sutton Trust Online

Dependent on each programme and university.

Usually around November and December.

Partners & Supporters

We are incredibly grateful for the generous support that make our programmes possible and to the Universities that work closely with us.

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