QUB Pathway Opportunity Programme for 16-19 Year Old Students

Pathway Opportunity Programme is currently recruiting for the 2022 programme.

The Pathway Opportunity Programme is a post-16 programme for young people aged 16-19, that has been supporting students since it began in 2017. Since then, it has seen over 800 students pass through its Pathways, receiving support in study and academic skills, university applications and confidence building activities. The Pathway Opportunity Programme gives students the chance to study a little of their chosen subject on campus at Queen’s University Belfast in order to prepare for the transition to university life and encourages and supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to come to Queen’s to study. We’re pleased that we’ve been able to grow the programme every year, starting with 3 Pathways and 60 students in 2017 to this year with 13 Pathways and 300 students.

In the Pathway Programme, year 13 students, or students in their first year of studying at Level 3, benefit from a structured series of events designed to aid progression to Queen’s University Belfast including 5 one-day events, two sessions of self-paced coursework and a week-long summer school. Through this process they work within one of 13 Pathway subject areas, learning more about that subject and about university life in general. The subject Pathways are:

  • AHSS Pathway (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • BioSci Pathway (Biological Sciences)
  • Business Pathway
  • Computer Science Pathway
  • Engineering Pathway
  • Law Pathway
  • Mathematics & Physical Sciences Pathway – New for 2022
  • MDBS Pathway (Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Pathway)
  • NBE Pathway (Natural and Build Environment Pathway covering Architecture, Planning, Geography and Archaeology)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Pathway – New for 2022
  • Pharmacy Pathway
  • Psychology Pathway
  • Social Work Pathway – New for 2022

Upon successful completion of the programme the students benefit from a guaranteed conditional offer or guaranteed interview to a course at Queen’s within their Pathway subject area and may be eligible for up to a 2 grade reduction in the offer depending on their performance on the programme and the course applied for. This along with a £1000 bursary, transition support and ongoing support while they are at Queen’s

Students must meet eligibility criteria to apply to the programme and we would encourage that students state all areas of the criteria that they meet on their application. This year we have also reduced our GCSE entry requirements, and students must now have at least: 6 GCSEs (or equivalent acceptable to the University, such as BTEC) at grades A*-C, including English Language, of which 5 GCSE grades must be at grade B or above. All GCSE grades need to satisfy any requirements for the course(s) on the chosen Pathway (for example, a grade B in Maths at GCSE to study Business courses). We also work to support students from a Refugee, Asylum Seeker or Newcomer background, along with a number of other criteria listed on our recruitment materials to help them on their journey to Queen’s. Students should ensure that they include all of the eligibility criteria they meet on the application form.

Pathway Opportunity Programme website (you will find the key dates, courses available and other materials available for download under the ‘Media’ tab) – go.qub.ac.uk/QUBPathway

Pathway Opportunity Programme Video Presentation 2022 – go.qub.ac.uk/POPVideo2022

Pathway Short Flyer 2022 – go.qub.ac.uk/POPFlyer2022

Full Digital Pathway Flyer – https://www.flipsnack.com/qublds/pathway-flyer-2021/full-view.html

Pathway – School Presentation 2022 – go.qub.ac.uk/POPSchoolPres2022

Pathway – Courses available to Students 2022 – go.qub.ac.uk/POPCourses2022

Pathway – Key Dates 2022 – go.qub.ac.uk/POPKeyDates2022

Pathway – Postcode Checker 2022 – go.qub.ac.uk/POPPostcodeChecker2022