Sixth Form and Colleges (16-18)

Deciding whether and where to go to university – and what subject to study – are big choices to make.  That’s why, here at the University of Sheffield, we’ve created a wide range of programmes and events that develop and support students and teachers from secondary schools, sixth form centres and colleges

Use the tabs below to find out more about our sustained programmes, partnership sustained programmes, one-off taster events, workshops and study skill sessions.

The Discover programme

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Our sustained Discover programme supports participants throughout Year 12 and 13 in raising aspirations and exploring Higher Education study. As well as general workshops and events, the programme is split into six subject and career pathways that offer a unique experience and specialist support.

Explore the six different pathways using the links below:

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Realising Opportunities


Through out Year 12 and 13 the Realising Opportunities programme provides able students with skills and information to help them not only make informed decisions about their future and to raise their aspirations to progress to a leading research intensive university, but to support their current work in school/college. 

Successful completion of the RO programme gives students the opportunity to have their achievements recognised through UCAS, resulting in additional consideration and the potential for alternative offers from the RO universities.

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Taster events and workshops

Discover Study Skills

This programme helps students to develop a range of academic skills that aims to enhance their current studies and help to prepare them for university study.

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Excellence Hub

The Excellence Hub for Yorkshire and Humber runs exciting events for young people aged 11 to 18 to help enrich their experiences in school and college.

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Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

We offer support for the EPQ through workshops, support with research methods, individual project development and library research time. This workshop can be delivered in full on campus or in school or college.

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(Choose Discover Study Skills option)

Higher Education Progression Partnership (HEPP)

HEPP is an initiative jointly funded by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University which provides impartial information and advice on Higher Education and higher level skills.

HEPP website

HeppSY+ National Collaboration Outreach Partnership

HeppSY+ is a collaborative project involving Higher Education providers in the region working with students from designated wards in South Yorkshire, North East Derbyshire and North
Nottinghamshire.

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School and college visits

We also offer a wide range of
inspiring events, workshops and
activities for students from all year groups in our school and college visits - check the website for more information and how to book.

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Who can participate?

The Discover sustained programme

The University of Sheffield’s Post-16 sustained outreach programme is designed to raise awareness of Higher Education as well as the aspirations of the participants over the two-year period between Year 12 and Year 13. The programme and pathways are for students who meet specific Academic and Widening Participation (WP) criteria from state schools within South Yorkshire and the surrounding region.

Students interested in applying should meet the following academic and WP criteria:

Academic Criteria WP Criteria (meet both) WP Criteria (additional - between one and all of the following)
Each Sustained pathway has set academic criteria, for full information download our Guidance for schools document in the section to the right and/or visit the pathway website
Attend a State School Are from a low progression to HE area and the lowest socio-economic groups
Are in the first generation of their family to enter HE (other than siblings, or parents who attended HE as a mature student) Are a Looked After Child/Young Adult Carer/Estranged student
Are a student with a declared disability

Pupils who meet the academic criteria and one or more of the following criteria will be prioritised for participation on the programme:

Are from a low progression to HE area and the lowest socio-economic groups
Are a Looked After Child/Young Adult Carer/Estranged student
Are a student with a declared disability
Have individual circumstances that mean they will need to overcome other barriers to learning/progression. (We will assess this element on an individual basis, based on the information provided by the school).


Realising Opportunities

For eligibility criteria for this programme please visit the Realising Opportunities website.

Realising Opportunities website


Excellence Hub

Full and up to date information about Excellence Hub can be found on the website.

Excellence Hub website

Discover Study Skills

Full and up to date information about Discover Study Skills can be found on the website.

Discover Study Skills website


General information on our widening participation criteria and programmes:

We use the academic and Widening Participation criteria in combination to select participants for the outreach programmes we run at the University of Sheffield. However, please note that meeting some, or all, of these criteria will not guarantee applicants a place on any given outreach programme. Also, successful completion of any of the programmes above will not in itself guarantee a place to study at the University of Sheffield. The University may make an offer to candidates who have fully and successfully completed an outreach programme but gaining a place to study at the University will ultimately be subject to candidates satisfactorily meeting all offer conditions.

In common with other UK universities, the University of Sheffield charges different tuition fees for undergraduate programmes depending on whether students are classed as ‘Home’ (UK/EU) or ‘Overseas’ for fee purposes. Our outreach schemes are designed for Home students, but we are able to accept Overseas students who meet our widening participation criteria. However, please be aware that if outreach scheme participants subsequently apply to study at the University there will be a formal fee status assessment, as for all applicants. If these applicants do not meet the criteria for Home fee status this would result in them being classed as an Overseas student and being charged the Overseas fee. Participation in our outreach schemes will not influence a future fee status assessment.

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