Aspiring Professionals Programme for Year 13 pupils

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We are pleased to announce that applications for the Social Mobility Foundation’s free Aspiring Professionals Programme are now open for 2022!

Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP)

The APP supports high achieving Year 12/S5/Year 13 students from low income backgrounds across the UK to access top universities and careers. We offer support through our four pillars:

  1. Mentoring by a professional
  2. Tailored skills sessions and career workshops
  3. University application support and guidance
  4. Internships with top employers

How students receive our four pillars of support is dependent on where they live. Please see below for further details of the programmes we offer.

Hybrid support

Our 2022 programmes will be delivered through a blend of in person and virtual activity, depending on activity, student location and government guidance.

Students must apply by 12 noon, Friday 10th December 2021 by completing our application form here.



APP Employer Insights

This is for students anywhere in the UK outside of London and who would like an insight into a specific sector with top employers from that field. If government guidance allows, the work experience element on this programme will be a face to face residential in London. Students will receive a mentor from the same firm, skill development workshops and university application support. Students outside of London can apply to APP City and one employer/sector specific strand:


J.P. Morgan Finance, J.P. Morgan Digital, KPMG Accountancy, BP Engineering, PA Consulting Springboard, Neil Stevens Fellowship Digital, Law Insight

For more information, click here.


Eligibility criteria

  • Currently in Year 13
  • Achieved 5 Grade As at GCSE
  • Predicted ABB at A-Level or equivalent
  • Eligible for free school meals



APP Reach

APP Reach is for students anywhere in the UK who do not meet our academic criteria for APP City, but meet our APP Reach academic criteria, and have ambition to go to university. APP Reach is designed to offer as many aspects of our programme as we can to people who could benefit from our activities and resources, subject to our capacity and their location. All students will receive a mentor and access to online resources. To find out more about APP Reach, please contact us or click here.


Eligibility criteria

  • Currently in Year 13
  • Achieved at least 5 GCSEs at A*C
  • Predicted BBC at A-Level
  • Eligible or has been eligible for Free School meals at any point in secondary education, or the first generation of their family to be going to university


Application form and resources

Click the links below to access information and resources.

Application Form

Eligibility Criteria