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Psychology Futures

What is Psychology Futures?

Psychology Futures is part of the Leeds Futures programme, our national outreach programme designed for students currently in Year 12 / first year of college. During your time on the programme, you will be given the opportunity to learn more about Psychology, whilst developing your study skills and careers awareness.

Throughout the year, you will attend a variety of subject-related activities alongside receiving advice and guidance on practical matters such as UCAS applications, accommodation choices and student finance.

What’s included in the Futures programmes?

The programme runs from February 2023 (in Year 12) to December 2023 (in Year 13). Sessions take place every few weeks; a full programme of activity will be provided if you are successful in gaining a place on the programme.

Year 12

During Year 12, you will take part in a number of Psychology Taster Sessions, giving you a deeper understanding and insight into studying Psychology at University. You will also have the opportunity to visit the University of Leeds campus, and find out more about the Psychology programmes on offer at Leeds.

You will also attend sessions about Choosing a Course at University, as well as an information session on Student Finance.

Year 13

In Year 13, you will take part in a number of sessions to support your transition to University, helping to bridge the gap between college and undergraduate study.

How is it delivered?

The sessions will be delivered online via  Zoom, allowing you to join a session from wherever you are in the country. University staff, current students, and guest speakers will deliver content, with opportunities for you to interact and participate.

Online sessions will take place on a weekday evening, during term-time, so that they do not interfere with your current studies.

There will also be an optional, one day event, taking place on the University of Leeds campus.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Our Futures programmes are open to current Year 12 / first year college students who have a genuine interest in applying to study psychology courses at university. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity to students from all backgrounds, recognising that some groups are under-represented on university courses and in certain psychological careers.

Students applying to Futures must meet the following criteria:

  • Year 12 / first year college student.
  • Have achieved / be studying suitable GCSE's and A Levels (or equivalent) to study the relevant degree course at a selective university.
  • Able to commit to joining the online sessions on a regular basis.

Students must also meet two of the following criteria:

  • your parents / carers did not go to university
  • you are eligible for free school meals or from a household with an annual income of £25,000 or below
  • you live in an area with low progression to higher education (use our online postcode checker)
  • you attend a school achieving below the national average at GCSE (Attainment 8 score)
  • you live or grew up in public care
  • your studies have been disrupted by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life. (Except in extreme circumstances, disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic will not be considered)

Consideration will also be give to applicants who meet just our postcode criteria (use our online postcode checker)

Priority will be given to students who meet the above criteria and are from groups under-represented in healthcare education.

For further guidance on eligibility, please refer to our our Additional Information and Eligibility Guidelines.

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed.

If you are interested in hearing more about the 2024 programme, please complete this expression of interest form.