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Post-16 activities

The Step Up Programme

The Step Up Programme is a free, two-year, academic programme for college and sixth form students that offers the opportunity to learn more about university. Through activities, events and workshops, the programme aims to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to reach their potential at university.

Students will develop a strong understanding of higher education through joining one of our five academic streams:

  • Healthcare
  • Humanities
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Highlights of the scheme:

  • Take part in specially designed short courses to help you prepare for university
  • Year 12 summer residential programme
  • All students are allocated an academic tutor
  • Meet current university students who were previously part of the programme
  • A means-tested bursary for students who go on to study at Cardiff University (subject to terms and conditions)
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Eligibility Criteria: In order to become a member of the programme, students must identify with one of the following groups:

  • Live in an area of socio-economic deprivation (Communities First, Low Participation Neighbourhoods
    or Free School Meals)
  • First in family to attend higher education
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Young people with Autistism Spectrum Conditions
  • Estranged students
  • Looked After Children or Care Leavers
  • Young people with caring responsibilities

Schools talks and sessions

Our experienced team offer a range of information sessions that can be delivered to sixth form students, in small or whole year groups, as well as to parents. We tailor presentations to best suit the needs of your students and aim to deliver interactive sessions where possible.

Talks include:

  • A Parent’s Guide to Higher Education
  • Applying to Medicine and Dentistry
  • Choosing your Course and University
  • Why choose to study at a Russell Group University?
  • Healthcare Sciences
  • Interview Techniques
  • Introduction to Higher Education
  • Student Finance
  • Student Life
  • Study Skills
  • UCAS and Applying to University
  • Welsh in the Capital
  • Why study at Cardiff University?

Careers and Higher Education fairs

In addition to attending numerous UCAS fairs across the UK, we are also available to attend career and higher education fairs at schools and colleges throughout the year.

We will be happy to:

  • Answer students’ and parents’ enquiries
  • Offer advice and guidance on higher education options
  • Bring along our most up-to-date literature

Get in touch

Widening Participation Team