QUB Pathway Opportunity Programme


In the Pathway Programme, young people benefit from a structured series of events designed to aid progression to Queen’s University Belfast including 6 one-day events, one session of self-paced coursework and a week-long summer school. Through this process they work within one of 13 Pathway subject areas, learning more about that subject and about university life in general. The subject Pathways are:

  • AHSS Pathway (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • BioSci Pathway (Biological Sciences)
  • Business Pathway
  • Computer Science Pathway
  • Engineering Pathway
  • Law Pathway
  • MPS Pathway (Mathematics & Physical Sciences Pathway)
  • MDBS Pathway (Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences Pathway)
  • NBE Pathway (Natural and Built Environment Pathway covering Architecture, Planning, Geography and Archaeology)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Pathway
  • Pharmacy Pathway
  • Psychology Pathway
  • Social Work Pathway


Upon successful completion of the programme the young people will benefit from a guaranteed conditional offer or a guaranteed interview for a course at Queen’s within their Pathway subject area. They may also be eligible for a reduced offer of up to two A-level grades (or equivalent) below the standard entry offer to Queen’s (depending on performance on the programme and course selected). This along with a £1000 bursary, transition support and ongoing support while they are at Queen’s.


Students must meet eligibility criteria to apply to the programme and we would encourage that students state all areas of the criteria that they meet on their application. Again this year, our GCSE entry requirements state that students must now have at least: 6 GCSEs (or equivalent acceptable to the University, such as BTEC) at grades A*-C, including English Language, of which 5 GCSE grades must be at grade B or above. Queen’s accepts only one non-GCSE level 2 qualification towards these requirements and we can “average” A’s and C’s to get the 5 B’s: BBBBB, ABBBC, and AABCC (or better) are all acceptable. All GCSE grades need to satisfy any requirements for the course(s) on the chosen Pathway (for example, a grade B in Maths at GCSE to study Business courses). Again, students should ensure that they include all of the eligibility criteria they meet on the application form.


The applications will open (online) on Monday 2nd October 2023 and will close on Monday 30th October 2023 at noon.


Pathway Opportunity Programme