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

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

The 5-week* programme of activities will allow Year 12 students to gain an insight in to studying a range of programmes at Queen Mary (currently sciences, maths, engineering, business and management) 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.

Applications for the Queen Mary Futures programme are OPEN! Refer to the ‘How to apply’ section below for access to the application form, ensuring to read all accompanying guidance carefully. The deadline for applications is Friday 1st October.

Before applying, please ensure you read the eligibility criteria and that you understand the expectations of the programme. If you have any questions, please email us.

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, delivered in partnership with the Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise team

  • Official recognition for successful completion of the QM Futures programme, in the form of an accredited award and/or certification**

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, 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
  • Are taking part in an eligible access programme (Realising Opportunities, Pathways to Law, Bridge the Gap, Stepping Stones)

*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 quintiles 1 and 2 (check your IMD quintile 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. 

  1. Ensure you have checked that you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.
  2. Complete our online application form by Friday 1 October 2021.
  3. Ensure that a staff member at school or college has completed the ‘Teacher Declaration’ section of the application form.

Students who participate in the Queen Mary Futures programme are expected to attend for the duration of the 4-week ‘core’ programme in October/November 2021, and to complete the online careers module.

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

*The core programme will take place after school/college on 4 consecutive Wednesdays in Autumn 2021, and a celebration event will be scheduled for Spring/Summer 2022.

**The nature of the recognition that students will receive will depend on the subject strand they participate in. The award they are made will be subject to successful completion of all parts of the Queen Mary Futures programme.