Access and Widening Participation


UCL Informed Futures

UCL Informed Futures is a series of online events aimed at equipping secondary school students with the knowledge and confidence to succeed in their next steps in education

We have created online sessions for young people and for parents and carers to grow your knowledge about how to approach your next steps in education. 

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About our sessions for young people

Find out below about our sessions for young people. You are welcome to apply for more than one session if you are eligible. 

Get Ready for your A-Levels

5-6pm on Wednesday 22 June

Get Ready for A-Levels gives a better understanding of A-Level study and how they differ from GCSEs. We'll talk about what your options are, how your A-Level choices shape what happens at university and beyond, and what you can do now to get yourself ready to study A-Level.

This session is for students in Years 10-11 attending a state school in the UK. Find out more about your eligibility below.

Get Ready for your GCSEs

5-6pm on Thursday 14 July

Get Ready for GCSEs gives you 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 you may have and what to do to start preparing for your GCSEs.

This session is for students in Years 7-9 attending a state school in the UK. Find out more about your eligibility below.

Stepping up your Study Skills

5-6pm on Thursday 21 July

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 attending a state school in the UK. Find out more about your eligibility below.

What to expect

Sessions will be hosted online on Microsoft Teams. For safeguarding purposes, attendees will not be visible and only the presenters will be seen and heard. 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.


Our events and activities are funded by UCL's Access and Participation Plan. To be eligible to attend you, or your young person, must be attending a state school in the UK. You can find more information on our Who we work with webpage.

All eligible applicants who meet at least one of the shortlisting criteria specified in points 2 to 6 on the Who we work with webpage will be offered a place on this programme.  

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.


If you would like to attend any of these sessions you will need to apply below. Young people are welcome to apply to more than one session if they are eligible, but all applications should be made on a single form.

All young people who attend our online events are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Application deadline

Applications will close at 10am the day before each session and any applications submitted after will not be seen. We will let you know if your application has been successful before the session and share joining instructions.