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Programmes for 16-18-year-olds

Widening Participation students aged 16 - 18 take part in the below activities

Year 12 Pathways to Law

Applications for 2018/19 will open in August 2018. 

Two year programme designed for students interested in pursuing Law at degree level.

Activities scheduled throughout the year include:

  • Visit inner-city courts
  • Complete work experience placements with global law firms
  • Attend a national four-day conference
  • Experience lectures by university academics
  • Receive online mentoring from current law students

To be eligible to apply students must: 

For further information please see the Sutton trust webpages

Year 12 STEM Essentials

In-school workshops June 2018 

45-60 minute interactive presentation on STEM careers and university courses: What careers do STEM people work on, what projects, where could different school STEM subjects take you, what do degrees look like, what do the different degree classifications mean, what would I need to get in etc.

Suitable for those studying or wanting to study mathematics, the sciences, computing, DT or geography at A level


Year 12 Engineering Essentials

In-school workshops June 2018 

45-60 minute interactive presentation covering aspects of engineering and computing careers and university courses: What types of engineering are there, what projects do they work on, what does an engineering degree look like, what does being chartered and accreditation mean, what would I need to get in etc.

Suitable for those studying or wanting to study mathematics at A-level. (The engineering presentation is a focused form of the STEM presentation and as such, it is not recommended that both are delivered to the same set of pupils)

Please contact Kerry if you are interested in this workshop being tailored to a younger group of students. 

Workshops to be delivered on a date/time convenient to your school in June. Please email Kerry Baker at wp-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk  


Year 12 Undergraduate Shadowing Scheme

Applications to this programme will open again in September 2018. 

Designed to allow individual students who meet specific criteria to experience a lecture, chat to current students about university life and receive information about available support from staff in the university’s well-being services: Advice and Counselling and the Disability and Dyslexia Service.

The shadowing scheme is ONLY for students who meet one of the four below criteria:

A younger carer is someone age 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition or a drug or alcohol problem.

Estranged means that you are not supported by/not in communication with your parents.

Students from any state school pan-London can apply, provided they meet one of the above criteria.

Students can select from one of the degree subjects below, they will spend the day with an undergraduate student studying in that area:

  • Drama
  • English
  • History
  • Geography
  • Politics
  • Alternatives to Medicine (this could include Biomaterials, Biomedical Sciences, Biology or Pharmacology)

British Sign Language interpreters, manual note -takers and access to learning resources for blind and/or visually impaired students, can all be arranged. Travel costs may be reimbursed. Paper application forms can be requested.

Shadowing days are arranged between October and March. Students also gain help with their university research during a follow-up session in April.

It was amazing... it really motivated me to achieve my goals and pursue my dreams.
Year 12 student who shadowed in 2016

Year 12 Alternatives to Medicine Presentation Afternoon

Wednesday 6 March 2019 2pm - 5:30pm. 

Registration for this event will open in early 2019 

This event could also be named 'Courses related to Medicine' or 'Courses connected to Medicine' It could even be called 'Research your fifth choice carefully' or 'Consider all your options, not just Medicine'. It covers a lot and is relevant to students in many situations. What we find most often is that students aren't aware of how many other courses there are available. 

The event includes short presentations of some of the degree courses offered at QMUL which feed into the medical profession, these are categorised as the Life Sciences.  The event includes 14 courses in total: Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials for Biomedical Science, Dental Materials, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Global Health, Medical Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Innovative Therapeutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Psychology 

The courses are also showcased on stalls to allow students their own questions to undergraduate students studying them. 

It has been a great experience as it cleared up so many misconceptions!

Students from any state school pan London are invited to register to attend this event. Students will be asked for their predicted grades but they do not have to meet any academic criteria in order to register.  There are strictly only 200 places available. This event is not suited to students studying BTECs and does not cover Midwifery, Nursing or Physio.

Please email Michelle if you have any questions about this event: wp-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk

Year 12 Medicine and Dentistry Summer School

Monday 25 June – Friday 29 June 2018 and Monday 2 – Friday 6 July 2018

Applications to this programme closed on Monday 19th March. 

Two week-long, non-residential Summer Schools.

This summer school is for year 12 students who are interested in studying Medicine or Dentistry at university and wish to make an informed decision, prepare a successful application and understand what these degree subjects and careers involve.

I had a great time and it was an experience I shall never forget. All lessons learned shall be carried with me to university and beyond.
Summer School Participant 2017

The Summer Schools includes:

  • Roughly 50% sessions focused on Medicine, 25% on Dentistry and 25% on sessions applicable to all
  • Clinical skills workshops
  • A 'problem based learning' research project
  • Preparation and practise to undertake a mock interview on the final day 
  • Discussion with current QMUL students
  • Admissions, Alternatives to Medicine and personal statement sessions
  • The most successful interview candidates will be awarded a day at the Bart's Medical simulator on 23 July 2018!
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To be eligible to apply students must: 

  • Attend a state school from within our 11 target boroughs only 
  • Meet one or more widening participation criteria
  • Have achieved AAABBB at GSCE (777666 for GCSEs taken from 2015) including Maths, English Language, and either Biology and Chemistry or Double Science
  • Be predicted to achieve a minimum of AAA at A level, including Biology or Chemistry plus another Science or Maths (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Maths)

Unfortunately students who are studying for BTEC qualifications are not eligible to apply for this summer school

See our Medicine and Dentistry tips page for more information about applying to these courses.

Year 12 Pathways to Coding

Two-year programme designed to give students the best insight into what a degree/ job in Coding is really like. Perfect for students who enjoy IT, Computer Science or Gaming.

Selected students taking part in 2017/18 are expected to attend the following events (all dates during half term or after school):

Launch event Full day visit to campus including an interactive introduction to coding

Wed 15 Nov

Campus Coding Clubs Series of after school clubs – held at QMUL 22, 29 Nov; 5 Dec 2-5pm
Industry day Full day visit to a tech company with the opportunity to interview staff and go on an in-depth tour

11 Apr 2018

Residential Summer School Three day summer school focused on a software project Thurs 5 - Sat 7 July 2018

Year 13 students who are continuing with the programme will be participating in the following sessions:

Launch of E-mentoring Face to face meeting between mentors and mentees at QMUL campus. Wed 20 Sept
E-mentoring Discuss: Study skills and revision techniques, UCAS applications, student finance Sept 2017 - Feb 2018
Group insight day Group insight day at a related company 23 - 27 Oct 2017
Graduation Graduation ceremony including a celebratory lunch at QMUL's on site restaurant Sat 8 Dec 2017

To be eligible to apply students must: 

  • Attend a state school pan-London
  • Meet one or more widening participation criteria.
  • Have achieved 5 A*-B grades at GCSE (9-6) (including at least Grade B/6 in GCSE Maths)

Activities not delivered by WP

Our colleagues in UK Student Recruitment offer workshops on finance and personal statements to Year 12 and 13 students only. Their booking form can be found on our teachers webpage.  

The Students loan company also offer a variety of booklets on their webpage for practioners

Our six-minute video is focused on 'Making decisions about University' and has accompanying resources for teachers.


A few of our aims:

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    Help students make informed choices about university

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    Work with academic staff to run our programmes

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    Support throughout transition to QMUL and while studying here

Follow us on Twitter @QMULWP 

This page is maintained by the Widening Participation team. Contact: wp-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk

Year 12 Engineering Spring School

Monday 12 – Friday 16 February 2018 (half term) 

Students learn about the career opportunities available from a variety of engineering fields including:

  • aerospace
  • mechanical
  • medical
  • electronic
  • plus computer and material sciences.

From taking part in the spring School I have gained…

Experience of uni life, and a greater insight into engineering and the opportunities that it could provide
Year 12 participant 2017

Students work on a group project, conduct experiments, do research and experience university life in general by working with current students and academic staff.

To be eligible to apply students must: 

  • Attend a state school pan-London 
  • Meet one or more widening participation criteria
  • Have achieved at least Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and Double / Triple Science
  • Be studying Maths and ideally Chemistry or Physics at A Level with anticipated grades of B or higher OR 
  • Be studying a BTEC National Diploma in Engineering with anticipated grades of DDD, alongside studying A level Mathematics.   


Year 12 Youth Forum

The Youth Forum ran at Queen Mary from October 2016 - March 2017.

The final poster, which youth forum participants designed, and their feedback are being showcased on a dedicated youth forum web page.

A Youth Forum is a space for young people to have their views heard, discuss issues, generate ideas and influence decision makers. Participants will be discussing topics such as how to best communicate with young people and what information and activities you think would be most useful in making decisions about university. What will students gain from attending?

  • Interesting material to include in your UCAS application
  • Experience of working as part of a team to debate issues and develop ideas
  • Earn hours to count toward a vInspired Volunteering Award
  • Have your opinions listened to and make a difference
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