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Eligibility Criteria

Please see a summary of the eligibility criteria for APP City and APP Residential below. For APP Reach, please see the page for further information.

England & Wales

• Currently in Year 12
• Achieved at least 4 or 5 7/A grades at GCSE*
• Predicted ABB at A level or equivalent
• Eligible for free school meals OR first generation to attend university**

Northern Ireland

• Currently in Year 13
• Achieved at least 4 or 5 A grades at GCSE*
• Predicted ABB at A level or equivalent
• Eligible for free school meals OR first generation to attend university**

Scotland

• Currently in s5
• Achieved at least 4 or 5 A/B grades at Nat 5*
• Predicted ABBB at Higher or equivalent
• Eligible for free school meals OR first generation to attend university**

*Academic Criteria: Please check the regional list of schools below to see whether or not 4 or 5 grades are required. Applicants must have attended non-fee paying schools. Some sectors have additional academic requirements which you can read through here.

**Social Criteria: Please check the regional list of schools below to see if students can apply if they are eligible for free school meals or as first generation. Applicants can have been eligible for free school meals at any point in secondary school.

Our eligibility criteria is based on a number of factors and is reviewed annually. Further information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Exceptions to the above criteria are made for young people who are or have been in care, and all applications, including applications from those with extenuating circumstances are reviewed on a case by case basis.

How to apply:

1. Online Application Form

Complete your online application for the Aspiring Professionals Programme.

2. Paper Eligibility Form

Complete your paper eligibility form after you have submitted your online application.

3. Teacher Reference

The teacher you nominate to provide a brief reference in your online application will be emailed a link to complete this after you’ve submitted your online form.