Paths to University – Future Scholars

Leading Routes presents our new programme Paths to University –  Future Scholars which aims to support Year 13 students from Black African Caribbean backgrounds as they transition from Year 13 to university.

You’ll receive support from our team of professionals, academics and students as well as your fellow Future Scholars. Most importantly, we’re offering you continued access to an ambitious and encouraging network once you start university!

Programme Outline

We’ll offer you:

  • UCAS personal statement feedback (on 23rd November)
  • Support through the UCAS process
  • Advice from students and academics from a range of disciplines
  • Academic and study skills workshops
  • Personal and professional development talks and advice
  • Access to our Future Scholars platform which includes resources to support your transition into university
  • Tips on how to make sure you thrive at university

You are:

  • From a Black or Mixed African or Caribbean background *
  • Currently in Year 13 and planning to apply/have already applied to university
  • Able to commit to 3 events this academic year – including our Welcome Event on Saturday 23rd November (provisional dates Saturday 22nd February and Saturday 4th July)
  • Excited about joining and contributing to a community of Black scholars and academics

*Please note priority will be given to students who most closely meet our full targeting criteria (below) however you do not need to meet them all.

Deadline Monday 11 November at 23:59. Submit your application here.

This programme is free for participants and funded by University College London Access and Widening Participation.  


Shortlisting Criteria: 
(you do not have to meet all of these but priority will be given based on these criteria)

  • Attended a non-selective state school for GCSE
  • Attend a non-selective state school for college/sixth form
  • Have parents or carers who have not been to university
  • Are currently eligible for free school meals or the 16-19 Bursary
  • Have parents in occupations classed as NS-SEC 4-8 (more information can be found here)
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low overall progression rate to higher education (we use POLAR, IMD and Acorn data to assess this) 
  • Meet one of the following:  are a refugee, looked after child, young carer, or estranged from your family
  • Identify as disabled
  • Belong to one of the following ethnic groups currently underrepresented in higher education:
    • Black or Black Mixed African heritage
    • Black or Black Mixed Caribbean heritage

Apply now

Application process:

  1. Complete the application form by Monday 11 November at 23:59 –
  2. If you would like feedback on your UCAS Personal Statement, email your draft to by Monday 11 November at 23:59 and you will receive feedback at the event on Saturday 23rd November (this is not mandatory).
  3. We’ll contact all applicants by Sunday 17th November.