NTU Progression - Year 10

NTU Progression is a free programme of opportunities designed to help students in Years 10-13 access and succeed at university. The scheme is making a real difference in improving outcomes for young people and was recently shortlisted by The Guardian University Awards for helping to support young people from under-represented groups progress to university (any university they choose, not just NTU). Students can apply for this scheme in Year 10 or Year 12.

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This programme is ideal for those students who are unsure what university is actually like, whether it is an option for them or are unsure how to prepare a strong university application. NTU Progression will help find answers to all these questions and equip them with the confidence and skills they need to be a successful university student.

NTU Progression members will gain:

  • a taste of what it is like to study at university
  • an understanding of the university application process
  • work experience that will look excellent on their CV/ UCAS application
  • one-to-one mentoring from a current NTU student, so they can get their questions about university answered
  • support to help them improve their grades at school
  • a chance to meet new friends on the scheme

Year 10

For some students applying for university may seem far away or they may have not considered university at all. NTU Progression is designed to help them with this process and Year 10 – Year 11 is the perfect time to explore what their future might look like.

What does the scheme involve?

Students will be invited to participate in lots of different sessions. Below is an example of some of the opportunities we have on offer:

Welcome Evening

We know how daunting it can be in a new environment, for this reason students will be invited along to a welcome evening to find out more about the programme, this will serve as their first chance to meet other new members

Work Experience

As employability skills are becoming even more important, students will spend a week working at NTU to get a taste of the world of work. We have placements all over the University in over 30 different areas, including opportunities linked to animals, business, sport and many more. NTU Progression members get first priority for these placements.

Future Proofing

Our team will be offering guidance on GSCE exams and how these could affect the students’ future. This serves as an opportunity for the students to think about what they might want to do in the future and how can we help them achieve it.

Social Events

Education is not just about books, but also experiences. We do all we can to offer extra-curricular opportunities such as trips to the theatre, horse riding and basketball games! University is not just about work, and neither is NTU Progression – there will be plenty of opportunities for young people to meet other members at events held at the University and around Nottingham.


Our support does not stop there. Once students have completed Year 11, they will progress on to the next stage of our scheme.

How to apply

To be eligible for the scheme, applicants must be a current Year 10 student and meet at least one of the following:

  • Be studying a vocational course such as a BTEC or NVQ
  • Have had their studies disrupted by circumstances outside their  control
  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals at any time in the last 6 years
  • Have a disability
  • Are in, or have been, in Local Authority Care
  • Live in a disadvantaged neighbourhoods (we can inform them if they have met this criterion)

Students can apply for the NTU Progression scheme online.

What happens next?

After students have completed their application, they will be contacted via email about the outcome of their application from the NTU Progression Team.

If they have any questions, have any difficulties in completing this application form or require it in an alternative format please email NTU Progression or telephone Patrice on +44 (0)115 848 2817.

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