Reading Scholars Programme


The Reading Scholars programme aims to give Year 12 students a real taste of life as a university undergraduate, and to provide practical support as participants begin their Higher Education application process. Featuring input from leading academics and current undergraduate mentors, the programme will challenge participants academically and enhance current studies.

The programme takes place at the University of Reading's Whiteknights campus, and students will participate in four events throughout the academic year 2017-18. These will include master classes led by academics in their subject of choice, a Student Experience Day in February, a study skills session and finally a three day residential summer school in June 2018. All costs related to participation in the programme, including transport, lunch, refreshments and accommodation are covered in advance for participating students, who will also get to take part in a range of fun team-building and social events.

Students participating in the programme will have achieved at least five A* - C grades at GCSE and be on course to achieve good grades at A-Level or equivalent (i.e. BBB). Additionally, we will give priority to those students who have no parental experience of Higher Education and live in an identified postcode area.

Students who successfully take part in the Scholars programme who go on to apply for an undergraduate course at the University of Reading are guaranteed to receive either an invite to interview or a conditional offer. Applicants who go on to select the University of Reading as their firm choice institution are also eligible to apply for a £1000 Scholars bursary in their first year.

The programme is offered in the following subject areas this year:

    • Art & Design
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • English Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish)


Further Information

The deadline for applications for Reading Scholars 2017/18 has now closed, and we are no longer accepting applications.

For information on the Reading Scholars programme 2017/18, please see our programme brochure


Student feedback from Reading Scholars 2016/17


 'I have gained more confidence in leaving school/home and being a uni student' (Art strand participant)

 'It was an amazing experience. I know what I want to do in university because of the experience' (Biology strand participant)

 'It was an extremely useful tool for me as a student at 6th form to see the future ahead and better enable me to get to uni' (Biology strand participant)

 'The Reading Scholars programme was a great opportunity and experience. I learnt so much about what university will be like and I feel so much more prepared for university than when I started' (Chemistry strand participant)

 'Overall, I've recognised the commitment that university entails and the love that you need for your subject to succeed' (English Literature strand participant)

 'Super fun and interesting, friendly atmosphere and people, great teaching and classes. Really useful in making decisions about HE' (Languages strand participant)

 'It was very interesting and unforgettable. Mentors were very fun and kind' (Maths strand participant)


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