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 2020: 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 2020: 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 2020: 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 2020: 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 2021: Study Skills Conference

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

July 2021: Graduation Event

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

September 2021: 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. 

To apply, fill out our online registration form below. Applications close on Sunday 15th March 2020. Any applications made after this date will not be considered.

  • Personal details
  • Name
  • Address
  • School details
  • Additional information
  • Live in a POLAR4, Quintile 1 or 2 area (check whether you live in an eligible postcode area here To take part in our Aston Progression Pathways programmes, the data on this form needs to be shared with us, Aston University, and the school you attend. With your permission, the data on this form will also be shared with other organisations to help us track your educational progress. The organisations we would like to share data with are: your school, your local authority, the National Pupil Database, UCAS, the Higher Education Statistics Agency (who deal with admissions to higher education), HEAT (which collects data on attainment and admission to higher education) and Prospela (the e-mentoring platform used on the programme). This research will help us support more young people in the future. Any information we publish will not identify you without your permission. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have the right to a copy of the data held about you by us, for a small fee.
  • If you have any questions about how your data will be used or would like a copy of your data please contact Student Recruitment and Outreach on We take our obligations under the GDPR very seriously and are transparent in how we process personal data. For more information as to how we process personal data, please visit