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Step-On: Aiming for Success - Year 12 Academic Extension Programme

Year 12 students are invited to apply for an exciting new programme aimed at raising achievement and supporting students gain entry to SOAS and other selective universities.

As part of the programme you will:

  • Develop study and research skills to help you excel in your current and future studies
  • Attend a programme of master-classes, workshops and presentations delivered by a team of leading academics
  • Meet current university students and find out about their experiences
  • Gain in depth knowledge of the courses available at SOAS
  • Receive support in choosing and applying to university including information on the new fee regime and writing your personal statement
  • Access over 1.2 million books, journals, films and music from SOAS’ Library

The programme includes:

What Teachers say about the Step-On Programme

In order to apply, students must:

  • Be currently in Year 12
  • Have at least 5 B grades at GCSE, including English and Maths
  • Have a language GCSE at grade C or above
  • Be predicted at least BBC at A-level
  • Live in/within a commutable distance from London
They must also meet one of the following additional criteria:
  • Be currently, or previously, eligible for Free School Meals
  • Be the first generation in their family to attend university

In order to apply for a place, students must have the support of a teacher. 

This programme has a particular but not restricted focus on languages. It is suitable for students interested in pursuing higher education studies in art and humanities, languages and culture, law and social sciences. 

Please not that although there is no deadline, applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students with disabilities* and experience of care are actively encouraged to apply.

For a copy of the leaflet and the application form, please click the download links on the right.

Students interested in this programme may also wish to apply for the Sixth Form Language Ambassador Programme run under the Routes into Languages programme. Please go to the Routes Into Languages website for more details.

*Equality Act (2010): A person is disabled if they have a physical or mental condition which has a significant , adverse and long term effect on the person's ability to do everyday tasks.