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NTU Progression - Year 12

NTU Progression is a free programme of opportunities designed to help students in Years 12 – 13 access and succeed at university. You might be unsure what university is actually like, or whether it's for you or how to prepare the best possible university application. NTU Progression will help you answer all these questions, and equip you with the confidence and skills you need to be a successful university student.

NTU Progression
Programme overview

Considering applying to university?

NTU Progression is a free programme of opportunities designed to help students in Years 12– 13 access and succeed at university. It doesn’t matter if your family has no previous experience of higher education – we can provide you with the confidence, skills and knowledge throughout Year 12 and 13 to help you secure a university place and begin building your future.

What will I 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 your CV
  • one-to-one support from a current NTU student, so you can get your questions about university answered
  • support to help you improve your grades at school.

What can I expect?

To start, you will be invited along to the NTU Progression welcome event to find out what will be happening over the next two years on the programme. You will meet other new members, join us for food and icebreakers.

Student shadowing

You could spend the day with a current NTU student and experience university life first-hand, have your questions answered and tour our facilities. You will attend actual lectures and seminars to help you decide if this subject is really for you, see the facilities in action and we’ll even throw in a free lunch.

Summer residential

You have the opportunity to stay in our halls of residence to live and learn like a student. It’s the best possible way for you to experience university and decide whether it is the right option for you. For four days, you’ll live in halls with other NTU Progression members, complete an independent project and attend a range of social events. It could be a great opportunity to make friends for when you actually start at university.

Application support

Throughout the scheme, you will receive individual support with your university application to ensure you are on track to submit the best application possible. We will support you in making the right decisions regarding your choice of course, and we also offer one-to-one support with your personal statement.

Social events

University is not just about work, and neither is NTU Progression. The annual Nottingham Varsity Series sees NTU face the University of Nottingham in a variety of student sporting events. You’ll receive free tickets to watch a match and get a glance into other aspects of university life.

A few added perks...

You will receive an NTU Progression membership card giving you free access to our modern gym and library for a quiet place to study (including access to an all-new rooftop garden!)

Beyond progression

Our support does not stop here… If you chose to study at NTU, you’ll be offered support throughout your time as an undergraduate student.


Applicants will need to be in Year 12 (or in Year 1 at college) and MUST meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • 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 last 6 years
  • Be in receipt of the 16-19 bursary
  • Have a disability
  • Are in, or have been in, Local Authority Care
  • Live in a disadvantaged neighbourhood (we can inform you if you have met this criterion)

Please note, applicants must also have achieved 5 A*-C (4-9) grades at GCSE level (or equivalent) including English and Maths. Applicants resitting or currently working towards these qualifications are eligible to apply.

Do you meet any of our criteria? … If you do, start your application now.

What happens next?

After you have completed your application, you will be contacted via email about the outcome of your application for NTU Progression. If successful, you will be sent further information.


If you have any questions, have any difficulties in completing this application form or require it in an alternative format please email NTU Progression or telephone James Roland on +44 (0) 7833 046 465.

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