KS4 Aspiration Programme

Applications for this year's programme are now closed - Applications for next year's programme will open in autumn 2022

Are you in Year 10 or 11 and considering applying to a competitive university? If so, we would like to invite you to take part on our KS4 Aspiration Programme!

We will be hosting a series of online webinars designed to introduce you to what life at university is all about, to give you a taste of some of the subjects you could study, and to give you an opportunity to get advice from current students at King’s.

You can find information about what sessions you can expect on this programme below.

Should you have any specific questions that are not answered on this webpage, please do let us know by sending us an email to SLO@kings.cam.ac.uk.

Programme details

You can expect the following programme of events: 

Date Title Description Length of Session
19th January An Introduction to Life at University A session to give you an idea of what life at university is like. We will explore some different types of universities, some aspects of student life, and we will also introduce you to how Student Finance works. 1 hour
26th January The Subject Matters Are you thinking about what subjects you might want to take at A Level (or equivalent)? This session looks at how best to prepare for university courses, given that many courses stipulate specific required or preferred A Level subjects. 1 hour

31st January - 11th February (Exact day and subjects TBC)

Subject Introductions A series of sessions, each giving a short introduction to 3 or 4 different subjects that you could study at University, many that you may not have been able to study before at school. These sessions will be delivered by Cambridge academics who will be able to answer any questions you may have. 1 hour
2nd March Q&A with Current King’s Students In this session you will meet some current students at King’s, and will be able to ask them any questions you may have about anything covered in the programme, or about university more generally. 1 hour

Please note that sessions will typically be run on a weekday at a time outside of normal school hours (after 4pm).

How you can get involved

This programme is available to Year 10 and 11 students at select state schools within the North East, including schools in the following areas: Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, East Yorkshire, Kingston-upon-Hull and York (this is King’s College’s link area). If you are unsure if your school is included, please do get in touch with us at SLO@kings.cam.ac.uk

We hope to offer this programme to as many people as possible however if there is oversubscription, we will prioritise students in the following areas in accordance to the King's College Widening Participation Strategy: 

  • Living in care or care leavers
  • Eligibility for Free School Meals
  • BAME background
  • Living in Polar4 quintile 1 and 2
  • Living in IMD quintile 1 and 2
  • No parents with background in HE
  • Attending a state school
King's participates in a number of schemes to make studying in Cambridge a realistic possibility for students from under-represented backgrounds.
Find out more about our Open Days, visiting King's at other times and informal meetings with our Admissions team, or take the virtual tour!