Guidance on how to support your students with their applications
Whilst many students will be confident to apply directly to the Pathway Opportunity Programme, we are conscious that some students may succumb to the perceived barriers associated with applying to a Russell Group University. As a teacher/mentor in a school or college you will play a key role in helping to identify students who will most benefit from the scheme. If you would like the Widening Participation team to visit your school or college to showcase the Pathway Opportunity Programme to eligible students, please contact us on 028 9097 5020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible for the programme students must meet all of 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.
* Applicants are required to meet any specific subject requirements for the course they are applying to. (Please note that for Medicine and Dentistry Pathway, BTEC, OCR and other non A Level qualifications are not acceptable.)
Students are advised to research course specific entry requirements via our Course Finder on our website (www.qub.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate) prior to application.
For the applicant to meet the Postcode criteria in the Section B eligibility criteria, their permanent postcode (as held by the school) must be classified as being in a "disadvantaged neighbourhood" by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
By downloading the postcode checker below, you can search for the student's postcode (include the space in the middle) and determine if their postcode is "high priority" which means they are eligible for the Section B criteria or if their postcode is "low priority" which means they are not eligible for that particular Section B criteria. They may well be eligible for one of the other Section B criteria.
To download the Postcode checker (a MS Word document) please click below:
As part of the student's application to the Pathway Opportunity Programme they will be asked to provide the name and email address of a teacher who can provide a Technical Reference. We recommend their careers teacher or head of year.
This Technical Reference has been designed to act as a form of verification for some of the information provided by the student especially around their eligibility and their GCSE (or equivalent) grades and A-Level (or equivalent) subjects.
It is NOT a personal reference, however there is an opportunity for teachers to highlight any exceptional circumstances which may have impacted on the student's performance at GCSE.
If you have been nominated to provide a reference for an applicant, you will be contacted immediately upon the submission of the students' application with a link to an electronic reference form. Please complete it on your computer/tablet, save it and return it by email to email@example.com. We recommend you complete it as soon as possible but it must be returned by the deadline of Friday 29th November 2019.
Please note that a student's application cannot progress to the final selection stage without a completed teacher reference. If you would like to discuss a reference request further, please contact the Widening Participation team at Queen's University (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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