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KS4 Aspiration Programme

Applications for this year's programme are now closed. If you would like to be notified when applications open for the 2025 programme, you can express your interest here

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
18th April 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.
25th April 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.

2nd May

Student Life Q&A In this session you will meet some current students at King’s, who will share their experience of university life. You will also have the opportunity to ask them any questions you may have about anything covered in the programme, or about university or Cambridge more widely.

8th May

An Introduction to Arts, Humanities and Social Science Subjects at University An introduction to some of the subjects that you could study at university that fall into the category 'Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences', many that you may not have been able to study before at school.
9th May An Introduction to Science Subjects at University An introduction to some of the science subjects you could study at university, some of which you might be familiar with, and some you may not have heard of before


Please note that sessions will run outside of school hours, typically 5-6pm.

How you can get involved

To be eligible to sign up for these sessions, you must be attending a UK state school.

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: 

  • Attending a school within our link area, the North East of England. This includes schools in Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, East Yorkshire, Kingston-upon-Hull and York.
  • 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

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