What is APP?

Aston Progression Pathways (APP) is an 18-month programme that empowers eligible Year 12 students to achieve their goal of studying STEM, Business or Law courses at Aston University. Students on the scheme receive the following benefits:

  • Residential summer school
  • E-mentoring
  • UCAS and personal statement support
  • Study skills support
  • A contextual offer

This sustained programme of activity aims to raise students' aspirations, improve their motivation to progress onto Higher Education and provides them with the knowledge, skills and experiences that will enhance their UCAS application.

Successful applicants are expected to commit to all of the key dates below in order to complete the programme and receive full benefits.

April 2021: Programme Launch

Students and their parents/carers attend a launch event at Aston University. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the programme and Higher Education.

August 2021: Residential Summer School

Students attend a 3 day, 2 night residential summer school. During the summer school, students gain an exclusive insight into what it would be like to live and study at university. They are taught by our world-class academics, are given access to our research facilities and independent learning spaces, and work as a group to complete a research project in a subject area of their choice. Depending on the pathway they choose, the summer school would focus on STEM, Business or Law.

August 2021: July 2021: E-Mentoring

Students are be paired with an undergraduate student from Aston University who will act as their e-mentor throughout Year 13. All mentoring takes place on a secure, monitored platform with e-mentors who have completed safeguarding training and hold a valid DBS check. 

October 2021: UCAS and Personal Statement Support Day

Students visit Aston University to learn more about the university application process and how to write an effective personal statement.

February 2022: Study Skills Conference

Students visit Aston University to focus on their study skills and preparing for upcoming exams.

July 2022: Graduation Event

Students and parents attend a graduation event to celebrate the successful completion of the APP programme and think about next steps.

September 2022: Continued Support

The Student Recruitment and Outreach team stay in touch with APP students who have enrolled at Aston University to offer continued support with their transition.

Our Aston Progression Pathways programmes are open to Year 12 students who are studying at a non-selective school or college. Applicants must have the potential to study at Aston University* and meet one or more of the criteria below.

  • Live in a POLAR4, Quintile 1 or 2 area (check whether your live in an eligible postcode area here)
  • Attend a school or college in a POLAR 4, Quintile 1 area (check whether your school has an eligible postcode here)
  • Come from a home where neither parent has attended a university in the UK or abroad
  • Have a disability or are in receipt of a personal independence payment
  • Are in care or have been in care in the past

* Students with the potential to study at Aston University would have attained at least 5 GCSEs at a pass grade or higher, including Maths, English and Science. Their predicted grades at A Level/ BTEC/ IB would also match the entry requirements of their chosen course at Aston University.

Please note that spaces on the programme are limited. In the event that the programme is oversubscribed, priority will be given to applicants who meet the greatest number of criteria. 

Applications will open in December 2020.


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