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About the Programme

Realising Opportunities (RO) is a unique collaboration of 14 leading, research intensive universities, working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups under represented in higher education. The RO 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.


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Key Facts

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1. You must be in Year 12 to take part. If you are in Year 13, you are not eligible but you may be eligible to attend our A-Level Bootcamp
    2. You must also attend a school or college which is participating in RO. A list of eligible schools for Coventry and Warwickshire can be found below. Check it now!
      3. You must meet all of the following criteria:
        • Have achieved at least 8 A* to C grades or 9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent, eg GNVQ, BTEC Certificate) including English Language and Mathematics.
        • Of these 8 GCSEs or equivalent, at least 5 must be A* to B grades or 9-6 grades.
        • Be a Home/EU registered student.
          4. You must meet at least two of the following:
            • Live in eligible postcode. You can check if your postcode is eligible on the Realising Opportunities website here and scroll down to the Postcode Checker section.
            • Come from a home where neither parent attended university in the UK or abroad.(If one or more parent is currently studying their first degree, or graduated from their first degree within the last five years, an application will still be considered).
            • Be in receipt of or entitled to discretionary payments/16-19 bursary/Pupil Premium at school/college
            • Be in receipt of or entitled to free school meals.
              Or alternatively meet the following:
              •Be living in, or have lived in, local authority care or be a young carer.
                If you are not eligible for this programme you can still visit us. Please check our website here for Open Days and Warwick visits
                The University of Warwick recruits able and talented students for the programme through a number of eligible schools in Coventry and Warwickshire. An eligible school/college must meet one of the following criteria:
                  • is performing below the national average for 5 A*- C or 9-4 grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics)
                    • is performing below the national average at key stage 5, or
                      • has higher than the national average number of students eligible for free school meals
                        If you are not attending an eligible school for this programme you can still visit us. Please check our website here for Open Days and Warwick visits
                          You may also be eligible to attend one of our other events:
                            Summer Schools
                              Discovery Days
                                Or be part of one of our other Year 12 Programmes:
                                  UniTracks Programme
                                    Pathways to Law
                                      Pathways to Banking
                                        Eligible schools for 2018/2019 are:
                                          Ash Green School
                                            Arts College Ashlawn School
                                              Aylesford School and Sixth Form College
                                                Baginton Fields School
                                                  Barrs Hill School
                                                    Bilton School
                                                      Bishop Ullathorne School
                                                        Blue Coat Church of England School and Music College
                                                          Caludon Castle
                                                            Campion School
                                                              Cardinal Newman Catholic School
                                                                Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School
                                                                  Coundon Court
                                                                    Ernesford Grange
                                                                      Etone College
                                                                        Exhall Grange School and Science College
                                                                          Finham Park School
                                                                            Foxford School and Community Arts College
                                                                              Grace Academy
                                                                                Hereward College of Further Education
                                                                                  Kineton High School
                                                                                    King Edward VI College Nuneaton
                                                                                      Lyng Hall Sports College
                                                                                        Myton School
                                                                                          Nicholas Chamberlaine School
                                                                                            North Leamington School
                                                                                              President Kennedy
                                                                                                Sherbourne Fields School
                                                                                                  Sidney Stringer Academy
                                                                                                    St Thomas More Catholic School and Sixth Form College
                                                                                                      Stoke Park School
                                                                                                        Stratford Upon Avon School
                                                                                                          The Coleshill School
                                                                                                            Trinity Catholic School
                                                                                                              Welcombe Hills School
                                                                                                                West Coventry Academy
                                                                                                                  Whitley Academy
                                                                                                                    WMG Academy for Young Engineers
                                                                                                                      If you are not eligible to take part in Realising Opportunities you may be eligible to be part of one of our other Year 12 programmes:
                                                                                                                        UniTracks Programme
                                                                                                                          Pathways to Law
                                                                                                                            Pathways to Banking
                                                                                                                              You may also want to come to one of our Open Days or Warwick Visits. To learn more or book a space please click here
                                                                                                                              The Programme will help you develop your academic skills, improve your awareness of higher education and knowledge of how to apply to university. It will also give you increased access to the RO universities through events and activities.
                                                                                                                                Throughout the programme you are supported by The University of Warwick and will receive online support from current undergraduate students across the RO Partner universities.
                                                                                                                                  Successful completion of the RO Programme gives you the opportunity to have your achievements recognised through UCAS, resulting in additional consideration and the potential for alternative offers from the RO universities.
                                                                                                                                    Events and Components of the programme
                                                                                                                                      •Local Launch: Students on the programme will attend a Launch Event at the University of Warwick with their parents/carers and teachers. This session will fully introduce the student to the programme and will offer an opportunity to explore campus and meet current students.
                                                                                                                                        •Online Support: Students can get answers to their questions from both current university students who have taken part in the programme before and staff from RO universities.
                                                                                                                                          •National Student Conference: The event is attended by RO students from across the country. Students get to attend skills based workshops and meet representatives from all the RO universities.
                                                                                                                                            •Skills4uni: This online study module and test helps to develop key academic skills that will be useful in both A-level work and at university.
                                                                                                                                              •Academic Element: You will undertake an independent piece of research as part of the Programme which will develop your skills in researching, planning, critical thinking, analysis and referencing. The Academic Element demonstrates students have the ability to complete an independent piece of research. It is made up of either the EPQ or the RO Academic Assignment.
                                                                                                                                                •Events and Activities: Students have access to events and activities at all of the RO universities around the country as well as residential opportunities. The University of Warwick will offer throughout the year a variety of sessions such as:
                                                                                                                                                  •Advice for your future
                                                                                                                                                  You will gain an understanding of research intensive universities and have increased access to the RO universities including the opportunity to attend events and activities such as master classes and residential visits.You will also have access to careers information and professionals who will offer you career advice and information


                                                                                                                                                  Application for 2018/2019 are now closed


                                                                                                                                                  If your school appears in the list above but you did not receive any communications please contact us at

                                                                                                                                                  If your school is not eligible you may be eligible for one of our other events or programmes. Please see the links below.


                                                                                                                                                  If you are a Year 11 student and are interested to take part next September please contact your Head of Sixth Form or Head Teacher as applications are received through your school.

                                                                                                                                                  If you are in Year 12 you may also be eligible to attend one of our other events:

                                                                                                                                                    Summer Schools

                                                                                                                                                      Discovery Days

                                                                                                                                                      Please note that the programme do not recruit Year 13 students as it is a two-year programme but you may be eligible to take part in our A-level Bootcamp in 2019.