Year 10

Our work aims to support the development of aspirations and educational attainment amongst students from under-represented and disadvantaged groups. To participate in our activities, students should be in state schools/colleges and meet one or more of our targeting and eligibility criteria.

We are currently offering a range of On-Campus, In-School and Virtual activity. Keep an eye out for our annual Year 10 Programme too!

Targeting and eligibility criteria

Surrey Scholars

Surrey Scholars is a sustained programme of outreach for students in Years 10 to 13 from the University of Surrey.

As a Surrey Scholar, you will receive continued support with GCSE and Post 16 study in addition to advice and guidance towards your progression into higher education and beyond. Scholars will receive priority status to attend our renowned flagship programmes as well as exclusive access to online and on campus events each year.

Surrey Scholars receive priority access onto the following programmes:

  • Y10 Realise Your Potential
  • Y11 Revision Masterclasses
  • Y12 Taster Days
  • Y12 Summer Schools
  • Open Day Befriender Scheme
  • AIM4University

Surrey Scholars will be exclusively invited to attend:

  • Campus Experience Days
  • Online workshops and resources

Surrey Scholars will also receive additional benefits, including a Welcome Pack, annual magazine and travel bursaries to attend campus events.

Who is eligible?

To be accepted onto the programme, you must be in Year 10, 11, 12 or 13 from September 2021 and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • You live in an IMD Decile 1 or 2 postcode.
  • You live in a POLAR4 Quintile 1 postcode.
  • You have received Free School Meals within the last 6 years.
  • You receive a 16-19 bursary.
  • You are a young carer - you care for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without your support.
  • You are care experienced - you have spent time in local authority care, in a residential children’s home, have been looked after at home by a supervision order or have lived with relatives under kinship care.
  • You are a forced migrant – you are a refugee or an asylum seeking young person.
  • You are from a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showperson or Boater community.

You can join the programme at any time and can participate in as much activity as you see benefit. Surrey Scholars will receive a welcome pack along with their own account to our online portal, providing access to live and recorded content all year round.

 How to apply?

The programme will be launching in September 2021. However, we are currently inviting expressions of interest from which can be submitted through our online form. Once received, we will contact you as a priority with further information about Surrey Scholars.

For any further questions or queries, either from students or teaching staff, please contact

Year 10 Programme: Realise Your Potential

January to March 2022

Across January to March, realise your potential through our Saturday morning programme supporting both you and your household with understanding your options beyond GCSE study. You will be invited to attend a range of workshops, webinars and masterclasses, along with access to online resources and mentoring, designed to further inform your own aspirations and choices.

The programme will run across the following dates in Spring Term 2022, with events alternating between on campus and online:

When?Where?Time? What?

Saturday 15 January

On Campus*10:00 - 14:00Launch Week

Saturday 22 January

Online10:00 - 12:00Career Webinars & GCSE Revision Masterclasses

Saturday 29 January

On Campus*10:00 - 14:00Subject Taster Workshops & Group Research Project

Saturday 5 February

Online10:00 - 12:00Career Webinars & GCSE Revision Masterclasses
Saturday 26 FebruaryOn Campus*10:00 - 14:00

Subject Taster Workshops & Group Research Project

Saturday 5 MarchOnline10:00 - 12:00

Careers Webinars & GCSE Revision Masterclasses

Saturday 12 MarchOn Campus*10:00 - 14:00

Subject Taster Workshops & Group Research Project

Saturday 19 MarchOnline10:00 - 12:00

Careers Webinars & GCSE Revision Masterclasses

Saturday 26 MarchOn Campus*10:00 - 14:00Graduation

* All on campus dates and arrangements are subject to change dependent on Public Health England and Government advice. 

Our launch event is scheduled for Saturday 15 January. Both you and your household will receive access to an online resource portal prior to the launch in addition to a University of Surrey student mentor who will provide you with impartial and tailored support.

The launch event will outline how you can maximise your experience on the programme before inviting you to meet your mentor and participate within your first subject taster workshop.   

The university subject taster workshops are designed to share a glimpse of your study options beyond school. You will be invited to attend our on campus sessions through which you can learn more about how your current GCSE study is applied within a wide range of disciplines. Examples of subjects featured include:

  • Health Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Law
  • Computing
  • Psychology

Resources from each workshop will be posted on the Online Outreach Portal.

As part of the programme, you will be invited to complete four GCSE revision masterclasses in either English, Maths or Science. All sessions will be up to 60 minutes and live only. They will provide practical support through the sharing of helpful tips and techniques towards preparing for your GCSEs. Additional revision resources will be made available via the Online Outreach Hub throughout the programme. 

Learn more about your career options and how to get to your dream job! Our careers webinars are led by professionals who will host a 60 minute introduction to their role and their experience to date. These sessions are a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about how your study options can develop transferable skills and experience that you can gain in achieving your own career aspirations. Examples of careers featured include: 

  • Health Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Law
  • Computing
  • Psychology

*Content is subject to change dependent on speaker availability. Any changes in the schedule will be shared in advance to inform choices. 

Your Student Mentor will facilitate a group project through which you will work collaboratively with other students in further exploring a common subject of interest. 

Broaden your knowledge and understanding by receiving recommended readings from your mentor whilst researching independently during the week. The Saturday group seminars will be hosted by your mentor on campus to share updates and to further plan your presentation. Resources will then be shared through our online mentoring platform.

Each group will then present their research during the Graduation event.

Upon completion of your group project, you and your family will be invited to attend a graduation to celebrate your participation on the programme. 

Further details regarding the arrangements for the graduation will be shared in line with Public Health England and Government advice.

To be eligible to apply, you will need to be nominated by your school.

Upon receipt of your nomination, you will receive an online application form before your participation on the programme is confirmed.

For further details about the programme and how to apply, please contact our team or your nominating teacher.

Aspirations Programme

Our Aspirations Programme offers teachers to build your own workshop that is tailored for your class' engagement and development. There are five themes, from which you can select multiple 30 minute topics that best suit your aims. 

The five themes include;

  • Higher Education
  • Education Pathways
  • Careers and Employability 
  • Developing Skills
  • Wellbeing

These one or two hour sessions are perfect for off-curriculum or drop-down days. These sessions can also be delivered virtually through Google Classrooms, Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Recommended packages for your Year Group are also available. 

To request our Aspirations Programme please contact us at

The Higher Education sessions we can deliver include;

  • Higher Education myth-busting
  • Introduction to university
  • Design a university
  • Life at university
  • Student finance
  • Accommodation
  • Clubs and Societies
  • Support at university
  • Student life


Education Pathway sessions we can deliver include;

  • Post 16 routes
  • Post 18 routes
  • Choosing your options
  • Goal mapping
  • Apprenticeships
  • How to make decisions
  • Next steps after school


Careers and Employability sessions we can deliver include;

  • Careers routes and your career pathway
  • Understand Labour Market Information
  • Explore Careers - An introduction to
    • Health and Medicine
    • STEM
    • Creative Industries
    • Digital
  • Interview skills
  • Presenting yourself
  • Preparing for work experience

Developing Skills sessions we can deliver include;

  • Revision
  • Preparing for exams
  • Budgeting
  • Time management
  • Being your own ambassador

Wellbeing sessions we can deliver include;

  • Dealing with exam stress
  • Resilience and wellbeing
  • Mindfulness

In-School Subject Workshops

Our in-school subject workshops offer your class a hands-on, curriculum linked one hour session. Your students will hear from our Staff as well as University of Surrey Student Ambassadors.

Our in-school activity has been designed to be delivered safely within your classroom. We will discuss arrangements with you following your booking request to ensure that our sessions complement your timetable and environment. 

To request any of our in-school subject activities please contact