Students who live more than an hour away from an APP City are prioritised for APP Reach.

APP Reach supports motivated, ambitious students with the ability but without the means or networks to access competitive universities and top professions. It is open to students who may not meet the academic criteria for APP City/APP Residential or who may be unable to attend workshops in person. We offer support through our three pillars:

  1. Mentoring by a professional via email
  2. Online resources to develop skills and career knowledge
  3. University application support and guidance

We offer support to young people interested in:

Accountancy | Architecture | Banking & Finance | Biology & Chemistry | Business | Digital | Engineering & Physics | Law | Media & Communications | Medicine | Politics | No Preference


In 2016, the UK Government’s Social Mobility Commission published a Social Mobility Index of England, setting out the differences between where children grow up and the chances they have of doing well in adult life. It found that the opportunities young people from poorer backgrounds have to succeed is heavily dependent on where they live. The report identified ‘hot spots’ and ‘cold spots’ of social mobility across England.

APP Reach is designed to support hard working students who might not have family members with the relevant educational or career knowledge to guide them. If you’re ambitious and determined, but not sure how to get to where you want in terms of university and jobs, we can help. We want to give you the opportunities to show your potential no matter what your background is. Here at the SMF we are proud that the majority of our students go on to university and gain experiences and opportunities with us that help them gain employment in prestigious organisations.

Robert, a recent APP Reach student said: “My mentor was supportive and friendly and helped me to achieve greater confidence in my abilities and my future.”

Applications for 2020 are closed and will reopen for 2021 in autumn.

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