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Pathway Opportunity Programme

What is the Pathway Opportunity Programme? Is it right for me?


Are you aged 16-19 and interested in studying at Queen's University? Are you currently in the first year of your A-Level course? If so, then the Pathway Opportunity Programme could be a great choice for you!

The Pathway Opportunity Programme has been supporting students since it began in 2017.  Since then, it has seen over 600 students pass through its Pathways, receiving support in study and academic skills, university applications and confidence building activities.   The Pathway Opportunity Programme gives you, as a student, the chance to study a little of your chosen subject on campus at Queen’s University Belfast in order to prepare you for the transition to university life.

By participating in the Pathway Opportunity Programme, you will have the chance to:

  • Receive a reduced grade conditional offer or a guaranteed interview (where applicable).
  • Receive a £1000 Kilwaughter Minerals Bursary to help you with your studies at Queen’s University Belfast.
  • Meet like-minded students and get to know a range of Academics and staff.
  • Attend a completely free Summer School that gives you the chance to study as a Queen’s student.
  • Improve and build a range of skills such as study skills, confidence and knowledge.
  • Get support and help with applications and transitioning into University life.

Find out more below to see our full list of benefits and to check your eligibility for the programme!

Information for students
Interested in applying for the Pathway Programme? Find out more information here!
Information for Students
Information for teachers
Find out how to support your student's application to the Pathway Opportunity Programme here.
Information for Teachers
Applications for 2021
Interested in applying? Click here to find out more.
Applications for 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions
Have a read of our FAQs to learn more about the programme.