Intouniversity education programmes
Our Innovative Support Programme

Our programme of support provides children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the help they need to achieve their potential. 

Academic Support

Primary and secondary students come down to our centres for Academic Support, where they receive after-school help with homework, coursework, literacy and numeracy from trained tutors. We also offer one-to-one support with GCSEs, National 4s and 5s, A Levels, Highers, Advanced Highers, SVQs and degree options, coursework, revision, exam techniques, UCAS forms, interview techniques and gap years.


The school curriculum gives little sense of the university experience of concentrated, passionate learning in a specialist area. The FOCUS Programme offers young people learning experiences which aim to immerse them in a single topic or subject area. It includes: Primary school workshops and FOCUS Weeks; Secondary school workshops and Holiday FOCUS activities; Extending Horizons weekends away; and after-school Careers in FOCUS. 

To find out more out the FOCUS Programme, please click here.


Students aged 10-17 attending Academic Support have the opportunity to join our Mentoring Programme. They are paired with a university student who provides help with school work, social skills, and confidence-building. The mentors act as role models who have already made it to university, and encourage the young people to think about their futures and raise their aspirations. 

On our Corporate Mentoring Scheme, students in their final year of school are paired with graduates in full-time employment. They are supported throughout their final year of college and first year of university.  Young people from our target groups are more likely to drop out of university in their first year than their peers, so with the help of their mentors they feel encouraged to continue with their study.

We also run a Buddy Scheme. Groups of secondary students work with university student volunteers to engage in hands-on activities focussed a specific discipline for a full day at a university. Past Buddy Days have focussed on science, medicine, law and engineering.


Employability Support
Employability is a key theme running throughout all of our programmes and we provide specific support to help our students transition from school to the world of work (our programmes address many of the Gatsby benchmarks and Developing the Young Workforce).
We provide work experience, internships, and networking through our Student Enrichment programme, giving students further insight into the range of careers available to them and encourage them to think seriously about their futures.
This includes: the three-week Big City Bright Future internship in partnership with firms in the City, our Entrepreneurship Programme, including the week-long Academy of Enterprise programme which aims to inspire young people with a hands-on experience of being an entrepreneur, our online networking platform IU Connect, career insight opportunities with our corporate partners and CV and Employability support.



aspire and achieve

What's going on near you?

We run Academic Support sessions most days after school, to find out what time these sessions run at your local centre visit the centre page via the link below.

Our Centres


Aspire and Achieve

Young people often carry very negative ideas about themselves and their future potential.

Using programmes devised by IntoUniversity staff, we provide leadership and personal development training that challenges negative self-perceptions among young people and encourages them to think expansively about the future and to take responsibility for their own goals.