Access and Widening Participation


UCL Informed Futures

Ever wondered about when you should start thinking about university? Want to improve your study skills and gain useful insights into revision techniques?

Informed Futures is a series of online sessions for young people, or for parents and carers, to inform about how to approach next steps in education and to inspire confidence in taking these steps. 

Sessions are informal and fun with interactive elements such as quizzes, Q&As, and games! Informed Futures is an online programme so attending these sessions has never been easier!

About our sessions

Applications for Informed Futures have now closed. Check this webpage for the latest updates about the next series. Here is an example of some of the sessions we have run in the past:

Get Ready for A- Levels (Y10-11)

Get Ready for A-Levels aims to give young people a better understanding of A-Level study and how this differs from your GCSE years. We'll talk about what your options are, how your A-Level choices inform your options at university and beyond, and what you can do now to prepare. This session is for students in Years 10-11.

Introduction to University (Y7-9)

Introduction to University is a session aimed at years 7-9, and aims to give students a better understanding of what options are available with regard to university and degree choices, what university life is like, and how Student Finance works. 

Get Ready for GCSEs (Y7-9)
Get Ready For GCSEs aims to give young people a better understanding of what the GCSEs are and how Years 10/11 are different to Years 7-9. We'll talk about why GCSEs matter, what your options may be and what you can do to start preparing for your GCSEs. This session is for students in Years 7-9.
Stepping Up Your Study Skills (Y9-11)
Gain confidence in how you study and help to boost your results. This session will talk you through effective ways to improve how you study and help you to reflect on your past habits. This session is for students in Years 9-11.

What to expect

Sessions are hosted online. Audience participation will be encouraged through interactive elements such as games and quizzes and you will have the chance to ask questions by typing in the chat function.

Are you eligible?

Our events and activities are funded by UCL's Access and Participation Plan.

To be eligible to attend an event for young people, you must be attending a state school and meet at least one of the targeting criteria specified in points 2 to 6 on the Who we work with webpage

Some sessions are available for young people in specific target year groups. This is to ensure the content is suitable for the age and educational stage of participants. Applications from young people outside of the target year groups specified will not be successful.