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University pathways

Find out more about how our aspirational Sixth Formers have been expanding their horizons and accessing higher education opportunities.

Beyond what you can read below, we are also able to offer free trips to universities as far away as Durham thanks to funding from our incredible partner, Rothschild & Co.


  1. Rothschild & Co. Bursary
  2. Aim2Attain
  3. IntoUniversity
  4. Sutton Trust US Programme 
  5. Queen Mary Engineering Spring School
  6. Summer Schools
  7. UCL Summer Challenge
  8. Royal Drawing School
  9. K+ Programme with King’s College London


Rothschild & Co. Bursary

Through our longstanding business partnership with Rothschild & Co., we are able to offer lucky Bow Sixth Form students a bursary to help with the living costs of university. The bursary supports students who wish to study outside of London and provides successful applicants with £5000 a year for the duration of their course.



Targeted Year 12 students work with the Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership on the Aim2Attain programme. This is a yearlong programme which provides students with information, advice and guidance on applying for university, apprenticeships and jobs.


Students work with volunteers from Barclays at Canary Wharf on various workshops including: skills for higher education, university vs apprenticeships, personal statements, interview skills and assessment centres.


The programme also includes a visit to a university. In the past the Aim2Attain cohort has visited Clare College in Cambridge and also the University of Kent.



Throughout their two years in Sixth Form students can work with IntoUniveristy on various workshops designed to enhance their knowledge of university life and support them with the application process.


Students also get to experience a ‘day in the life of a university student’ via visits to universities such as Goldsmiths, Imperial College and Kings’ College.


Sutton Trust US Programme

After six successful years, the Sutton Trust is continuing its flagship US programme to give bright, state school students a taste of life at an American university.


The programme is centred on a one week summer school in the US (in previous years at either Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University or Harvard) with introductory events and application support in the UK before and after.


The programme provides participants with a wide range of activities to help them make the right decisions about American Higher Education.


Queen Mary Engineering Spring School

Queen Mary Engineering Spring School provides Year 12 students with a chance to sample what an engineering degree at QMUL can offer. Students complete a group project, conduct experiments, undertake research and also experience university life in general by working with current students and academic staff.


Summer Schools

Thanks to relationships with a number of top universities, several Year 12 students have attended Summer School across the country, offering them a unique insight into undergraduate life and giving them the extra impetus to excel academically in the final year at The Bow Sixth Form. Recently our Sixth Formers have attended:

  • Bristol University: attendance and the required grades guarantee a degree place
  • Lancaster University


UCL Summer Challenge

This is a specific programme for Year 12 students attending state schools in or near London, who are academically high achieving and whose parents have not been to university. There are a number of courses on offer in a diverse range of STEM and humanities subjects, all taught by UCL academics and PhD students.


During the course of the programme, students complete a piece of work which is graded by their tutor. Summer Challenge encourages critical thinking and debate and gives students valuable practice in crafting academic essays, which can be used during A-Level and university.


Royal Drawing School

Taught by over 20 different members of the Royal Drawing School’s faculty, with a variety of models in the studios every day, this course is for anybody who wants to immerse themselves in the collective energy of an intensive drawing course and significantly improve their drawing skills.


Students can curate their own programme of drawing sessions from those on offer each day: drawing from life models, dancers and acrobats in the studio, in sketchbooks on the streets of London, and from art in galleries and museums. Students will also have the opportunity to explore printmaking and its relationship to drawing in our intaglio print room.


K+ Programme with King’s College London

K+ is a two-year programme of events, activities and academic workshops created to help support university applications and provide the skills needed to fulfil potential as an undergraduate student.


Students who successfully complete the programme are eligible for the K+ reduced offer to study at King's worth up to two A-level grades lower than the standard offer (excluding medicine and dentistry).