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 programme aims to raise students’ aspirations and allow them to make informed decisions about their future career. The programme achieves this through work experience, skills workshops, mentoring as well as networking opportunities with those already in the industry.
Applications for the 2020/2021 cohort will be opening soon. Please check this page regularly for updates.
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.
• Meet lots of finance professionals to better understand career opportunities in the sector
• Attend Economics and Business taster lectures to see what university study involves
• Tailored support with UCAS applications and personal statements
• Expert support with preparing your CV for work experience
• Residential summer school living on campus to give you a real taste of university life
• Visit Deutsche Bank’s London office in Year 12
• Graduation Ceremony
• Be in Year 12 at the start of the programme
• Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the University of Warwick
• Have achieved in the region of 5 A*-B grades at GCSE
• Would be the first generation in their family to attend university
• Have been in receipt of Free School Meals whilst at secondary school
• Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who qualify for means-tested benefits
• Have been looked after or in care
• Programme Launch
• Sector Day
• PwC Coaching Day
• Work Experience Preparation Event at Deutsche Bank (London)
• Academic Taster Day
• Work Experience Opportunties
• Personal Statement Event
• Pathways to Banking Summer School
• Work Experience Opportunities
• Programme Relaunch
• Graduation Event
• A Level Bootcamp
• "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.”
100 places nationally, 50 places at University of Warwick.
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.
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.
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.
While we are very conscious of students missing school time, it is not possible to run all of the events outside of term time, as we would not have the academic staff available to support holiday/weekend events. It is very important that you share the details of the programme dates with your tutor/head of 6th form as soon as these are available and negotiate the time off of school with relevant staff. It is your responsibility to catch up on work missed.
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.
We will only offer a place on one programme to a student so please ensure that you apply to the programme that is most suitable to your needs and circumstances. Note that if you are successful in securing a place on the Pathways to Banking and Finance programme and have accepted it, you will automatically made ineligible for any other programmes the Outreach team offer. The only exception to this is for programme students who are planning to apply to Warwick for their undergraduate studies. These students may be eligible to apply for our Warwick Scholars access programme and if offered a place will be expected to complete their existing post-16 programme alongside participating in Warwick Scholars. Further details about Warwick Scholars can be found here Warwick Scholars
At Warwick, students who complete Pathways to Banking & Finance at any university are eligible for a reduced offer and join Warwick Scholars as an undergraduate when they enrol at the university after completing the Pathways programme. More information about the Warwick Scholars undergraduate programme can be found here Warwick Scholars Undergraduate Programme
Applications close at midnight on Friday 18th October 2019. Students will be informed if they have secured a place on the programme by the end of October 2019
Laura Harris, Widening Participation Officer
Paul Beaufoy, Pathways To The Professions Coordinator,