Queen’s Pathway Opportunity Programme 2023

The Programme, in its 7th year, encourages and supports young people from more disadvantaged backgrounds (in year 13 or college equivalent) to come to Queen’s to study.  The programme has grown every year, starting with 3 Pathways and 60 students in 2017 to this year with 13 Pathways and 300 students.

In the Pathway Programme, young people 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
  • MPS Pathway (Mathematics & Physical Sciences Pathway)
  • MDBS Pathway (Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Pathway)
  • NBE Pathway (Natural and Built Environment Pathway covering Architecture, Planning, Geography and Archaeology)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Pathway
  • Pharmacy Pathway
  • Psychology Pathway
  • Social Work Pathway

Upon successful completion of the programme the students benefit from a guaranteed conditional offer on a course at Queen’s within their Pathway subject area (aside from those on the Social Work Pathway who will only receive a grade reduction, the Nursing and Midwifery Pathway, where students will receive their first choice in their chosen field of nursing, and those hoping to study Medicine/Dentistry or the MPharm Pharmacy course, who will receive a guaranteed interview and a one grade reduction) may be eligible for a reduced offer of up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) below the standard entry offer to Queen’s (depending on performance on the programme and course selected). 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.  Again this year, our GCSE entry requirements state that 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).  Again, students should ensure that they include all of the eligibility criteria they meet on the application form.

The applications will open (online) on Monday 3rd October 2022 and will close on Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at noon. After receipt of the application a teacher at your young person’s school, or a member of your organisation (as nominated by the student) will be asked to complete a “technical” reference for the young person, confirming information such as postcode, eligibility requirements and GCSE grades/A-Level subjects. Please note that this is NOT a “personal” reference and does not require a written personal recommendation, however, where there are any issues that should be taken into account (health issues, overcoming adversity, etc.) they may be noted in this reference.   This year we will also request any additional support that student normally would receive during exam and assessment conditions, such as additional time, or specific paper for dyslexia.

To encourage your young people to apply, we are offering either virtual or pre-recorded webinars, or we are more than happy to send the presentation materials to you, depending on what would work best for you and your eligible students, as we know that some organisations have benefitted from presenting the information themselves.  Alternatively, the talks will take the form of a 45 minute to one hour presentation to inform young people about the programme and motivate them to make an application.

Poster: https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/media/Media,1511191,smxx.pdf

Information Flyer: http://go.qub.ac.uk/POPFlyer2023

Courses available: http://go.qub.ac.uk/POPCourses2023

Pathway Video: http://go.qub.ac.uk/POPVideo2023

Full Powerpoint Presentation: http://go.qub.ac.uk/POPFullPresentation2023

Key Dates Document: http://go.qub.ac.uk/POPKeyDates2023

Postcode checker: http://go.qub.ac.uk/POPPostcodeChecker2023

PDF of the Presentation: http://go.qub.ac.uk/POPSchoolPres2023