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About the programme

Pathways to Banking and Finance is a programme that shall 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 student aspirations and provides the opportunity to get a taste of studying Business and Economics before they decide what to study at university, and to engage with the financial services sector before choosing what career to pursue.

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.

During 2017/18 the Pathways to Banking & Finance team have worked all year with a cohort of 50 students on the Year 12 programme, and have delivered sessions to over 300 Year 10/11 students in-school and on-campus.

 

Contact

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

Maria and Laura

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 5 A*-B or 9-6 grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics) with a minimum of 2 A*-A or 9-7 grades.
    • 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 5 A*-B or 9-6 grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics) with a minumum of 2 A*-A or 9-7 grades.
                            • 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
                                  • Careers In Finance Event
                                    Spring Term
                                    • Work Experience Preparation Event
                                    • Student Shadowing
                                    • Academic Taster Day
                                      Summer Term
                                      • Pathways to Banking Summer School
                                          Year 13 Draft Programme
                                            Autumn Term
                                            • Programme Relaunch
                                              Spring Term
                                              • Financial Sector Day
                                                Summer Term
                                                • Graduation Ceremony
                                                • "The investment activity was very useful as it put dealing with money in daily scenarios which were easy to understand"
                                                • "I have learnt a lot and might have new ideas about what I want to do in the future."
                                                • "Because of this I have decided I want to study at Warwick and that I'm going to work towards the finance industry"
                                                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.

                                                            How to Apply

                                                            Applications for the 2018/2019 cohort of Year 12 students shall open in early September 2018. Applications shall close on 28 October 2018.

                                                            We will be delivering Year 10 and Year 11 in-school sessions in the Spring Term of 2019. Please email us on pathways@warwick.ac.uk if you would like to be kept updated of Year 10 and 11 opportunities to engage with Pathways to Banking & Finance.

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