Record number of A2B students join University

Two 18-year-olds sit their A-Levels. Both get good grades. Only one gets to go to university.

What makes the difference? It can include so many things; belief that you belong, a stable home to return to, finances, and what you know (or don’t) of university and graduate careers.

If study is to be truly open to everyone with potential, we need to help more people get a taste of university life. That’s why Birmingham is so proud to have welcomed a record number of over 470 Access to Birmingham (A2B) students to campus in September 2019, as part of our Pathways to Birmingham programme.

A successful path to university starts long before a UCAS application. If young people don’t have the advantages their peers take for granted, they often need support through secondary school into University. Depending on their circumstances, pupils need practical support; financial support that a low-income family cannot provide, information on how to care for an ill parent while studying every day, or where to go when term ends if they have left foster care. They also need mentors who can help them find their passion, advice on what A-levels to study and visits to campus to see where they would live and how they would learn.

Some of this year’s A2B students took part in the Academic Enrichment Programme, an immersive five-day residential school on campus, giving students an insight into the full university experience, including taster lectures on a range of academic subjects and a few nights in University accommodation. This programme has been proven to significantly boost the chances of year 12 students (age 15 or 16) from less advantaged backgrounds and from non-selective state schools attending a prestigious Russell Group university.

From school to graduation: How A2B helped Moz

You can change a young person's life through education

The A2B scholarships, part of the Pathways to Birmingham programme, are almost entirely funded by the generous support of alumni, who want to enable others to follow in their footsteps. Over 470 young people needed our support this year – together we can help change their lives. Give, volunteer or spread the word