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Last chance to apply for business focussed programme that will support you to secure work experience placements in competitive financial sector jobs.

Start building your career now with Pathways to Banking & Finance!

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How to Apply

Applications for the 2018/2019 cohort of Year 12 students are now open!

To apply, click here and click "Apply Now". Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 11 November 2018.

We will be delivering Year 10 and Year 11 in school sessions in the Spring Term of 2019. If you are interested in booking Year 10 and 11 events, please email us on pathways@warwick.ac.uk.

Contact

Maria Fox, Outreach Officer, 02476 151428
Laura Harris, Pathways to the Professions Coordinator
02476 150584
pathways@warwick.ac.uk

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Key Stage 4

Pathways to Banking and Finance offers a range of one off events for Year 10 and Year 11 students. The key information is contained within this menu. Open each section to find out more.

There are a range of one-off Year 10 and 11 events for those who may be interested in pursuing a business/economics degree or a career within the financial sector, including in-school sessions and on-campus events.
Key Stage 4 students must meet the following criteria in order to participate in the in-school and on-campus events:
    • Currently a Key Stage 4 (Year 10 or Year 11) student
    • On course to achieve in the region of 5 A*-B or 9-6 grades at GCSE
    • Attend a state school
    • Interested in studying business or economics or a career in finance
    • Be the first generation in your family to go to university, or eligible for free school meals, or attended a school where significantly above the regional average number of students are eligible for free school meals
      In addition preference will be given to those students:
      • In schools with below average levels of attainment and progression to university
      • In schools with high free school meal rates
      • From deprived postcodes as evidenced by POLAR, IMD or ACORN
        Priority will be given to applicants who meet the most criteria.
        There are a range of one-off events throughout the spring and summer term.
          Spring Term
          • In-school sessions (Thinking About University): This is a two hour interactive workshop to include an introduction to university, studying business/economics and interactive business activities.
            • GCSE Bootcamp: Year 11 students who have taken part in a previous Pathways to Banking and Finance event will be eligible to join our GCSE bootcamp. This will take place during the Easter holidays to support Year 11 students with revision for their final exams.

              Summer Term
              • On Campus Event (Taster Day): Students will have the opportunity to spend the day at the University of Warwick campus to get a flavour of university life. They will also get a taster of what it would be like to study business/economics at university, as well as hearing from professionals in the world of finance.
              How much does it cost?
              The programme is free. Year 10/11 events either take place in school or schools arrange their own transportation to bring a group of students to attend on-campus events.
                I am studying at an independent school. Why can't I apply for Pathways to Banking and Finance?
                The programme is designed to offer opportunities to students from under-represented backgrounds. There has been much research published regarding widening participation which has concluded that these students are mostly found in state schools.
                  How do I apply to attend these events in Year 10 or 11?
                  We will liaise with local schools and teachers in the area to see if they'd like to take part. If you'd like your school to get involved, please email us at pathways@warwick.ac.uk to register your interest.

                  Key Stage 5

                  Pathways to Banking and Finance also offers a two year cohort programme for Year 12 and Year 13 students. The key information is contained within this menu. Open each section to find out more.

                  Are you interested in studying business or economics? Want to find out more about a career in financial sector? Experience Pathways to Banking and make up your own mind.
                    The Pathways to Banking & Finance programme, in partnership with the Sutton Trust and Deutsche Bank, includes a range of events throughout Year 12 and Year 13 to give you an insight in to both studying Business/Economics and exploring a range of careers within the financial sector.
                      The programme includes:
                        • Opportunity to apply to undertake placements in financial institutions during the programme
                        • Experience academic taster days with lectures in Economics and various Business subjects with Warwick's leading lecturers
                        • Attend an insight day at an investment bank
                        • A residential summer school living on university campus to give you a real taste of living and studying at university
                        • E-mentoring from undergraduate students
                        • A chance to shadow a current undergraduate student for a day
                        • A-Level Bootcamp to support you with your revision
                        • Graduation Ceremony
                          Participating Universities: University of Warwick and London School of Economics.
                          In order to apply for Pathways to Banking you must meet the following criteria:
                            •Currently in Year 12
                            • Achieved in the region of 5 A*-B or 9-6 grades at GCSE
                            • Attended a state school or college
                            • Interested in studying a business subject, economics or a job within the financial services sector
                            • Live within commuting distance of the University of Warwick or one of the partner universities
                            • Be the first generation in your family to go to university; or eligible for free school meals; or attended a school where significantly above the regional averege number of students are eligible for free school meals
                            • Currently or have lived in local authority care
                              In addition preference will be given to those students:
                              • In schools with below average level of attainment and progression to university
                              • In schools with high free school meal rates
                              • From deprived postcodes as evidenced by POLAR, IMD or ACORN
                                Students with GCSE grades just below 5 B grades may still be considered depending on the number of applications received. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the most criteria.
                                Year 12 Draft Programme
                                  Autumn Term
                                  • Programme Launch
                                  • Banking and Finance Sector Day
                                    Spring Term
                                    • PwC Coaching Day
                                    • Work Experience Preparation Event at Deutsche Bank (London)
                                    • Academic Taster Day
                                    • Work Experience Opportunties
                                      Summer Term
                                      • Personal Statement Event
                                      • Pathways to Banking Summer School
                                      • Work Experience Opportunities
                                          Year 13 Draft Programme
                                            Autumn Term
                                            • Programme Relaunch
                                            • Student Shadowing
                                              Spring Term
                                              • Graduation Event
                                              • A Level Bootcamp
                                              • "When I started Pathways to banking and finance at Warwick University, I didn’t know what to expect. I had an interest in finance since year 11 and knew that was the field of work I was hoping to do. This program really opened my eyes to finance; there’s such a great variety of people who work in finance and so many pathways into it. I’ve met professionals from Rothschilds, Barclays, KPMG, Deutsche Bank, PwC, The Brokerage and many more. You also get help with more current issues such as CV skills, presentation skills, personal branding and self-confidence. This is the best program I’ve ever signed up for academically and is definitely a good way to get ahead in Finance.”

                                              • "I have gained a lot from the networking workshops as I’ve had the opportunity to practice developing these skills at a number of networking events with financial professionals. This has made the programme surpass my expectations; I wasn’t aware that there would be so many networking occasions and have gained so much invaluable advice from the professionals. Hearing about their journeys into banking and finance has been incredibly inspiring and has given me more confidence into pursuing a career in the sector regardless of my background. In a nutshell, the programme has helped me find a new way of learning and seeing how the knowledge can be applied in the workplace.”
                                              How many places are available on the Pathways to Banking and Finance programme?
                                              100 places nationally, 50 places at University of Warwick.
                                                Can I apply for a place on the programme at any of the participating universities?
                                                No, you can only apply to the university running the Pathways to Banking & Finance programme which is closest to your term-time residence. This is because Pathways sessions are mainly hosted at universities so you need to live close enough to be able to attend sessions regularly.
                                                  How much does it cost?
                                                  The programme is free. Your travel expenses to and from Pathways events are paid (subject to you submitting receipts) and transport costs may be reimbursed.
                                                    How many sessions do I have to attend?
                                                    The programme is made up of 10 compulsory events which you must attend. There are also exclusive optional events that you are welcome to attend. You are required to attend the compulsory events which include the residential summer school.
                                                      Will I have to take time away from my academic studies to take part in the programme?
                                                      As far as possible events shall take place during school holidays but some events do take place during school time but on different days of the week.
                                                        I am studying at an independent school. Why can't I apply for Pathways to Banking and Finance?
                                                        The programme is designed to offer opportunities to students from under-represented backgrounds. There has been much research published regarding widening participation which has concluded that these students are mostly found in state schools.
                                                          When will I hear whether I have been accepted on to the Pathways to Banking and Finance scheme?
                                                          Applications shall open in early September for the 2018/2019 cohort of Year 12 students. Applications shall close at midnight on Sunday 28 October 2018.

                                                          About the programme

                                                          Pathways to Banking and Finance is a programme that aims to inspire and support students to explore a range of careers in the banking and financial sectors, including accountancy, investment banking, tax and asset management. It has been developed to widen access to the financial sector following research which showed that 51% of leaders in the profession came from a narrow range of social backgrounds.

                                                          The Pathways to Banking and Finance programme offers students in Key Stage 4 and 5 an opportunity to find out more about studying a business/economics degree, university life and to find out more about a career in finance.