Pathway Opportunity Programme

Pathway Opportunity Programme

What is the Pathway Opportunity Programme?

At Queen's University Belfast, we are committed to recruiting students who will be successful at our University irrespective of their educational or social background.

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The PATHWAY programme provides a route for talented young people from Northern Ireland who have the ability to study at Queen's University but may require additional support and encouragement to reach their full potential.

Throughout Years 13 and 14, you will benefit from a structured series of events designed to aid progression to Queen's University, including receiving admissions guidance and support. You will also participate in a residential assessed summer school in July 2018. Participants who successfully complete the programme will potentially benefit from receiving a reduced admissions offer for a programme of study at Queen's University, which may be up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) lower than the standard offer.

Queen's University has selected the following discipline specific course streams for the 2018 PATHWAY programme:

  • Archaeology and Palaeoecology
  • Business
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Food, Microbiology and Environment
  • Law


As a participant of the programme, PATHWAY scholars will:

  • Benefit from advice and guidance for their UCAS application and personal statement.
  • Receive a guaranteed conditional offer of a place at Queen's University Belfast for their course stream upon successful completion of the programme.
  • Be eligible for a reduced offer of up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) below the standard entry offer. For example, where the standard offer for a course is AAA, a PATHWAY scholar may receive an offer of ABB. This reduction in grades is valid only upon completion of the programme and reflects the work you undertake to complete the programme.
  • Benefit from tailored transition events and support provided by Queen's University throughout your first year of undergraduate study.


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