Sutton Trust Online Applications

Applications are now open for three of our Pathways programmes: Law, STEM and Coding.

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Our Pathways programmes recruit more than 500 students a year across the country. Students join the programme in Year 12, and must be able to participate for the full two years of their A-levels.
In order to be eligible for the programme, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate an interest in their chosen Pathways subject
  • Attend a state school or college that is not fully selective
  • Have at least 5 As or A*s at GCSE
  • Be either the first generation in their family to attend university or be or have been eligible for Free School Meals while at secondary school.

In addition, preference will be given to applicants:

  • In schools with below average levels of attainment / progression to university
  • In schools with high free school meal rates
  • From disadvantaged postcodes as evidenced by POLAR data.

Applicants also need to live within commuting distance of the university running the Pathways programme they’re applying to. Universities are currently accepting applications until these closing dates:

Pathways to Law
  • University of Bristol: CLOSED 
  • University of Exeter: 28th October
  • University of Leeds: 4th November
  • University of Leicester: CLOSED
  • University of Liverpool: CLOSED
  • London Programme (London School of Economics, Queen Mary University of London, University of Roehampton): CLOSED
  • University of Manchester: CLOSED
  • Nottingham Programme (University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University): CLOSED
  • University of Oxford: CLOSED
  • University of Warwick: CLOSED
Pathways to STEM
  • University of Nottingham: CLOSED
  • University of York: 18th November
Pathways to Coding
  • Queen Mary University, London: CLOSED


Answers to common questions about applications can be found in our FAQ. For other questions please contact and we’ll try to help.