The Pathway Opportunity Programme is 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 Year 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 at the end of Year 13. Participants who successfully complete the programme will benefit with a guaranteed conditional offer in a course within their Pathway and potentially benefit from receiving a reduced grade offer for a programme of study at Queen's University, which may be up to two A-level grades lower than the standard offer.
Queen's University has selected eight Pathway subject areas as part of the Pathway Opportunity Programme:
Pathway Opportunity Programme participants will take part in a series of workshops, masterclasses and seminars which will be delivered either on campus or online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Participants will complete an assessed summer school which will take place in June or July 2020 for five nights on the Queen's campus. The summer school is a residential event with all participants expected to stay on campus for the duration of the summer school. Participants must successfully complete all elements of the programme to be eligible for the guaranteed conditional offer and any potential reduction in undergraduate admission offer.
To be eligible for the Pathway Opportunity Programme, you must meet all the following section A criteria:
Section A Criteria:
In addition to the above criteria in section A, we are looking for students who meet at least one of the following Section B criteria:
Section B criteria:
Queen’s University welcomes applications from students with a disability or long term condition.
* You are required to meet any specific subject requirements for the course you are applying to. We advise you to research course specific entry requirements via our Course Finder on our website (www.qub.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate) prior to application.
Applications for the 2020 Pathway Opportunity Programme will open on Friday, 1st November 2019.
Queen's University Belfast accepts a wide range of qualifications and subjects. To find out more about specific entrance requirements for each individual course pathway, please refer to www.qub.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/. Entrance requirements vary between courses and are subject to change.
All participants who successfully complete the programme will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for their chosen course within their Pathway. Based on their performance on the assessed residential programme students may receive an offer with reduced entrance requirements which may be up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) lower than the standard undergraduate admissions requirements for that course. Students applying to the Medicine and Dentistry courses will receive a guaranteed Interview (as opposed to a guaranteed conditional offer) and a maximum of one grade reduction upon a successful interview.
There are 250 places available for the 2020 Pathway Opportunity Programme, 30-35 places on each of the 8 Pathways.
All costs for the programme including travel, accommodation and catering costs will be covered by Queen's University as part of its commitment to Widening Participation.
For the 2020 programme, the deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday, 24th November 2019. Students will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid January 2020.
If you are unable to take up your place, please contact the Widening Participation Unit on 028 9097 5020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org so your place can be offered to someone on the reserve list.
There are currently only eight course pathways to choose from. It is anticipated that further subject pathways will be added for the 2021 programme.
All participants must be resident for the duration of the summer school to facilitate engagement with the programme and in particular the assessment component. If you have exceptional circumstances that may prevent you from taking part in the residential element, please contact the Widening Participation Unit on 028 9097 5020 or email email@example.com.
During the summer residentail, students will be staying at Queen's Elms Village, Malone Road, Belfast (QUB Student Accommodation), where each participant in the programme will have their own bedroom with private bathroom for the duration of the residential. All accommodation and catering costs will be paid for by Queen's University.
Free time will vary depending on the Pathway subject, as the coursework for each subject will be delivered differently. Learning activities are scheduled from 9:30am until 4:30pm with dinner every evening at or around 6:00pm. There will be plenty of opportunities to socialise with other participants during the evenings while at the summer residential through group activities which usually run from 7.00pm until 9:00pm.
The assessment will vary depending on your Pathway subject, and may involve undertaking research, reading articles, writing a report or essay, undertaking group work exercises, or delivering a presentation.
If you need to make any changes to your application, please contact the Widening Participation team on 028 9097 5020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Even if you have not been successful in gaining a place on the Pathway Opportunity Programme, we strongly encourage you to apply to study at Queen's University through the UCAS system. Your application will be treated in the same way as all other UCAS applications.
No, you may decide that Queen's University is not for you after completing this programme and can apply to any University you choose. However you will only qualify for the guaranteed offer if you make Queen's University your firm choice (CF) or insurance choice (CI) with UCAS in one of the specified courses in your Pathway subject. You will be given more in depth guidance about the UCAS process during the scheme.
Pathway students may apply to study at Queen's University in a number of different courses within their Pathway. To be eligible for the guaranteed conditional offer and potential grade reduction, the student must select one of these course as their Firm (CF) or Insurance (CI) choice on UCAS. Please download the listing of courses for all of the Pathways below:
Other courses may be available in those subject areas and in all the other subject areas at Queen's. Pathway students may apply onto courses that appeal to them that are outside the above list of courses, however they will not receive the guaranteed conditional offer nor the potential grade reduction for these other courses.
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