Access and Widening Participation


Campus visits for virtual schools

The next campus visit for virtual schools is taking place on Monday 3 April 2023. Please see below for details and the staff application form.

Students in classroom

Are you a staff member at a virtual school? Do you work with care experienced young people who are considering going to university? Would you like them to find out more about higher education and UCL?

The UCL Access and Widening Participation Office is organising a series of campus visits specifically for groups of care experienced young people in Years 11 and 12, accompanied by a staff member from their virtual school. During the visit, your students will have the chance to:

  • Learn more about applying to university, student finance and student support services;
  • Interact with current UCL students and other care experienced young people;
  • Be taken on a tour of the UCL campus;
  • Take part in question-and-answer sessions with UCL staff and students.

The next visit is taking place on Monday 3 April 2023 between 10:00-14:00. If this is within term time, your students may need to ask for permission to miss school or college in order to attend. At least one virtual school staff member per five students must accompany their group throughout the day. Lunch will be provided for all students and staff in attendance.

Who can take part?

Applications to attend this event must be made by a nominating virtual school staff member, rather than by the young people themselves. In order to ensure the event is attended by students who have the academic potential to meet UCL’s minimum entry requirements, we ask that the students you nominate to attend are:

  • Year 11 students who are on track to achieve at least five A*-B/9-6 grades at GCSE; and/or
  • Year 12 students who have already achieved at least five A*-B/9-6 grades at GCSE and are on track to achieve a minimum of BBB at A level or the equivalent grades accepted by UCL in other UK qualifications.

For the purpose of eligibility for this visit, UCL defines a care experienced young person as someone who has been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks (not necessarily consecutive) in their life. This includes foster care, residential care, kinship care as a formal agreement with the local authority or living at home under the supervision of the local authority.

How to apply

Applications for the next campus visit have now closed. Please check back on this page later in the year for details of further opportunities.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with the team via wp.pre16@ucl.ac.uk.