UCLan Scholars Programme

Widening Participation

Our UCLan Scholars Programme is for Year 12 students considering university level study.

If you need help improving your university application, or if you're unsure if university is the right choice for you, we're here to help. 

The UCLan Scholars Programme will prepare you for the future. You can explore options and gain unique experiences to help you make informed choices. All whilst securing the skills and knowledge to impress universities and employers. 

How can our UCLan Scholars Programme help you?

The programme takes part over several workshops and sessions. These will help you complete an independent research project on a topic of your choice. You'll write a 1,000 - 2,000 word essay and create an academic poster. 

  • Academic exploration

    Try out subjects that interest you. Enhance your current studies and develop study and research skills.
  • Get ready for university

    Elevate your UCAS application and stand out in competitive courses. Experience university life.
  • Prepare for your career

    Immerse yourself in new skills to impress future employers and prepare for your career.
  • Support and guidance

    Bridge the gap between college and uni by meeting subject tutors and working with a Student Mentor.

When does it start and what does it include?

The programme will run from January to December. The workshops that you will need to attend are listed below.

What will the independent research project look like?

Your independent research project involves a 1,000 to 2,000 word written essay and an academic poster. For creative subjects, the project may take a different form like a portfolio, artwork, or a piece of creative writing. The project will build your confidence and help you decide whether university study is for you.

What subject can I choose?

It's completely up to you what you wish to do your project on. It may be based on your hobbies and interests or curiosity. You could choose a competitive field to give your application an edge (such as Medicine or Veterinary Medicine). Alternatively, selecting a topic related to your current studies could enhance your grades. 

Medicine pathways
including the Livesey Medicine Pathway

Medicine is an extremely competitive course year on year and the application process for medicine courses is complex. It differs significantly from other university applications. To be successful, you must know the process and what is required of you in advance. Our medicine pathways offer extra sessions and guidance to help you stand out and excel in applications and interviews.

How do I become a Scholar?

Applications are now open for our Scholars Programme 2024. 

Apply now

To apply you must be a Year 12 student in September 2023 and live within travelling distance of Preston, Lancashire. All scholars will need to attend the on-campus sessions to complete the programme.

Become a Scholar

To apply, please complete the online booking form which will be available here from Sept 2023. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.