Mandatory criteria

You may apply to a Pathways programme if you:

Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non-fee paying school/college

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

Additional criteria

If you meet the above requirements, we will look at the following criteria when we consider your application:

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.

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. You don't need to meet all the criteria to be eligible.

There is room on the application form and teacher verification to explain any extenuating circumstances that might impact your application.

If you are (or have been) looked after, accommodated or in care, you only need to meet the age, school and academic requirements.

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Hear from our students

"I’ve lived in Croydon, South London, my whole life. My grandparents were Greek Cypriot immigrants who came to the UK, working mainly in the food and drink sector. Their dedication instilled a really good work ethic in me. My parents were both very vocational, my dad went to work in the family warehouse and my mum is a beauty therapist, but they encouraged me to go to university, which had always been my ambition."

Constantino Christou

"I am half Nigerian and half French and neither of my parents have been to university. I came to the country as an EU citizen and have been living here since 2006. I remember hearing the name Imperial College London when I was a kid and thinking it was such a cool name. I thought Pathways would be a good way to learn more about the university and delve deeper into a career I was fascinated with."

Alain Geneste

"Home for me is the sleepy Devonian village of Lympstone. I was the only student from my school attending any widening participation programs and I was quite worried about my A-levels. Before joining Pathways, I had no idea what I wanted to do so felt as if I was almost floating around in this small area of the country-- eventually, something might pop up that I wanted to do."

Scarlett Richards

"I got to shadow a real judge and experience what life would be like as a real lawyer. It was surreal seeing cases in person and learning about how court worked and how cases were sentenced and why. I have gained so much from this programme!"

Pathways to Law alum