Education liaison

Queen Mary Futures

Students giving presentation

Queen Mary is the most inclusive university of its kind. The Queen Mary Futures programme is an opportunity for talented students who are under-represented in higher education to broaden their network, knowledge and skills, in preparation for university-level study.   

About the programme

Taking place at Queen Mary's Mile End campus* this Spring Term, the Queen Mary Futures programme will provide students who are under-represented in higher education with a chance to explore their preferred subject at university and prepare for university-level study.

The 4-week** programme of activities will allow Year 12 students to gain an insight in to studying a range of programmes at Queen Mary that are broadly in line with their study interests and intended higher education pathway. Students will also benefit from tailored academic skill development sessions, as well as enhanced information, advice and guidance about the career opportunities that exist with different courses.

 Science and Engineering subjectsHumanities and Social Sciences subjectsProgramme Timings
Week 1 Wednesday 23 February Thursday 24 February 4-6:15pm
Week 2 Wednesday 2 March Thursday 3 March 4:30-6:15pm
Week 3 Wednesday 9 March Thursday 10 March 4:30-6:15pm
Week 4 Wednesday 16 March Thursday 17 March 4:30-6:15pm

Applications for the Queen Mary Futures programme are OPEN! Please review the below information and refer to the 'How to apply' section for a link to the application form.  

Students wiill receive: 

  • Expert insight in to several subject areas that align with your preferred HE pathway

  • Opportunities to develop key academic skills that are associated with success at university

  • Enhanced careers information, advice and guidance, including contributions from Queen Mary Alumni

  • Certification to recognise your successful completion of the Queen Mary Futures programme

For your application to be competitive, you should currently be studying subjects and qualifications that would make you eligible for study of your preferred subject at Queen Mary. You can check relevant course entry requirements here:

You must also:

  • Attend a non-selective state school in the UK
  • Have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, the required GCSE grades (a minimum of 5A* - C or 4 – 9 grades, with a C/4 in English and Maths)
  • Be on target to achieve a minimum of BBB at A level, 30 points in IB (inc. 5,5,5 in three HL quals), DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma, or equivalent

In addition to the above, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Live in a qualifying neighbourhood* 
  • Have lived, or are currently living, in local authority care
  • Are a young carer
  • Are estranged from your family/living independently/living with friends
  • Area a refugee or asylum seeker
  • Are disabled

*Qualifying neighbourhoods are defined as:

  1. Living in an area of low participation in higher education, defined as POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2 (check your POLAR4 quintile here), OR
  2. Living in an area of disadvantage, defined as IMD deciles 1, 2, 3 and 4 (check your IMD decile here)

If you're unsure of your neighbourhood status, we encourage you to submit an application so that we can assess on your behalf. All applications will be checked for eligibility. 

Applications for the Queen Mary Futures programme are now OPEN!

You can apply for the Queen Mary Futures by completing the application form. The deadline for applications is Sunday 6th February 2022.

Please note that you will also need a teacher declaration in support of your application. More information about this is provided towards the end of the application form, and can also be found here.


Students who participate in the Queen Mary Futures programme are expected to attend for the duration of the 4-week programme in February/March 2022, and to complete the online careers module.

Attendance at a celebration event in Spring 2022 is strongly encouraged, but optional. 

*Subject to change based on on-going review of government guidance in relation to COVID-19.

**The core programme will take place after school/college on 4 consecutive Wednesday (Science and Engineering subjects) and Thursday (Humanities and Social Sciences subjects) from 23 Feb - 17 March 2022, and a celebration event will be scheduled for Spring/Summer 2022.