Education liaison

Information for teachers and advisers

The Access to Queen Mary programme is for students from target state schools, selected based on a strict targeting and selection criteria. The information provided below is provided to support and inform teachers and advisors. 

The Student Recruitment and Widening Participation Team work to support students under-represented in higher education and at Queen Mary to successfully prepare for, and to access, higher education. We have used strict targeting criteria to identify schools and colleges that have a high proportion of students meeting the most under-represented criteria. At present we’re only able to work with a very limited number of schools and colleges but we hope to expand our provision over the coming years. 

  • Students will receive advice and guidance on how to prepare a UCAS application and personal statement.  
  • Students will benefit from additional support to prepare them for the different teaching styles at university.  
  • Students will receive tailored academic support in a key subject of their choice, relating to their Level 3 study. 
  • Students who successfully complete the programme and enroll on a Queen Mary undergraduate degree within two years will be offered a minimum of 20 hours of work as a Student Ambassador. 
  • Students who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for a reduced offer of up to two A-Level grades below the standard entry offer*. 

Students from target schools or colleges, who meet the eligibility criteria outlined below, are encouraged to apply to Access to Queen Mary.  

Eligibility criteria 

To be eligible for the Access to Queen Mary programme, students must:  

Meet all of the criteria outlined in step one:  

  1. Attend a target state school or college in the UK (if your school is listed here, you can apply)  
  2. Have achieved five grades 5-9 or A*-B at GCSE (with English and Maths at a minimum 5) 

Meet at least two criteria from step two*: 

  1. Live in a area of low-participation to higher-education (POLAR4 Q1/Q2) 
  2. Be living in an area of high deprivation (IMD decile 4 or below) or be living in an area of socio-economic disadvantage (ACORN categories 4/5) 
  3. Has lived in local authority care for a period of at least three months  
  4. Are a registered carer  
  5. Are estranged and living independently of family/living with friends 
  6. Neither parent/carer has attended higher education in the UK or aboard  
  7. Are in receipt of, or entitled to, free school meals/16-19 bursary/pupil premium funding 
  8. Are disabled and in receipt of, or entitled to, personal independence payments or disability living allowance 
  9. Are from Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller backgrounds 

*Priority will be given to certain ethnic groups that are currently under-represented in higher education and at Queen Mary, as defined by the OfS priorities. Where demand for the programme exceeds the number of places available in a given year, places will be allocated based on students meeting the highest score in step 2, alongside institutional access priorities. 

As the programme is new and we’re a relatively small team, we only have the provision to work with a small number of students. If you'd like your students to take part in the programme then we're always happy to consider new requests. Please email for more details. 


It is important that we verify student’s applications and gain the support of schools and colleges to support us throughout the programme. We ask for a teacher or staff contact to verify the students details are correct, including access criteria and grades.  

We offer plenty of in-school or online workshops, you can make a booking request by using our Activity Portal. We also have plenty of online and digital outreach, including webinars and interactive courses, which are available to all students in the UK. These are available on our Outreach Content Hub.