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Pathway Opportunity Programme

The Pathway Opportunity Programme is a two year programme which provides a route for talented young people who live in Northern Ireland who have the desire and ambition to study at Queen’s University Belfast but may require additional support and encouragement to reach their full potential.

Throughout Years 13 and 14, Pathway students will benefit from a structured series of events designed to prepare them for the transition to undergraduate study at Queen’s, including insight into academic and extracurricular aspects of student life, admissions guidance and support and a one-week residential summer school in June or July 2020. 

During the programme the students will focus on one of eight subject specific Pathway streams.

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS)
  • Biological Sciences (BioSci)
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science (MDBS)
  • Natural and Built Environment (including Architecture, Planning, Geography and Archaeology) 

Upon successful completion of all compulsory elements of the Pathway Opportunity Programme, students will:

  • Receive a guaranteed conditional offer*  on a course at Queen’s University Belfast for their chosen Pathway subject stream.
  • Be eligible for a reduced offer of up to two A Level grades (or equivalent)* below the standard entry offer to Queen’s, based on their performance on an academic assignment in their chosen Pathway. For example, where the standard offer for a course is BBB, students may be eligible to receive a reduced offer of BCC.
  • Receive a £1000 bursary upon first year entry to Queen’s and receive ongoing support while at Queen’s.

*For applicants to Medicine and Dentistry, Pathway students will receive a guaranteed interview (as opposed to a guaranteed conditional offer) and a maximum grade reduction of one A Level grade.



As well as the above academic benefits, as a participant of the programme, Pathway students will experience a bit of university life, benefit from advice and guidance for their UCAS application and personal statement and receive support from the WPU Team through tailored transition events in their first year of undergraduate study and support througout their time at Queen's.

Applications for the 2020 Programme are now closed. Applications for the 2021 Programme will open in October 2020.