Three Y12 students have been accepted by the University of York to participate in their prestigious ‘Next Step’ programme, designed to increase awareness of the exceptional degree programmes on offer at Yorkshire’s only remaining collegiate university.

Sophie Clarkson, Rohan Parmar and Ayesha Shaheen have beaten off tough competition to make the final list of students who will travel to York at various points during their Sixth Form studies.

The programme begins with a Y12 conference in March, where students will get to explore the state-of-the-art campuses nestled in North Yorkshire. The day will also help the students to learn about the diverse range of courses on offer to students and to grill students about the wide extra-curricular programme on offer at the modern Russell Group member.

Students are given the unique opportunity to engage in e-Mentoring with a current undergraduate of a subject closely aligned to their interest. Over the course of 18 months, they will have the opportunity to ask questions relevant to their development needs.

In summer, our successful candidates will participate in one of two all-expenses paid summer schools, where they will take lectures, complete workshops and make the most of the excellent social facilities on campus.

The support continues throughout the UCAS process, with those who wish to apply to the University of York reducing a two grade reduction on all standard offers


Our involvement with the programme comes as a result of the extensive engagement with the flagship SHINE Scheme, with which a hundred of our Y7-Y11 students regularly taking part in activities both on-campus and in school.