Ambition: 16-18

Ambition: 16-18

Applications for Ambition Nottingham 16-18 are now closed, they will open again in September 2023.

Ambition is a free, two-year scheme for all Year 12 students and Year 1 vocational students from anywhere in the UK.  The programme takes place online although there may be an opportunity to visit campus at some point during the programme. 

The activities support progression and application to a university of your choice. 

Examples of past activities: 

  • Subject taster sessions with university academics                                              

  • Q&A’s with current students 

  • Information on how to choose your course and university, student finance and accommodation 

  • Advice and guidance on university selection processes                 

What has been the most useful part of the Ambition programme for our participants? 

Gaining an inside knowledge of the university and diving deep into a course I was interested in. From this programme I have now decided what I would want to study at university. 
The personal statement session made me feel more prepared and was very useful in helping me navigate my weak spots.
I could attend the live sessions, but then go back to recordings of them later on the Ambition Hub, so if I want to check something, there is always somewhere for me to go.
I really appreciate how each course session was talked through and how there were also students studying the courses that spared time to talk to us. I really appreciate all the effort and time that has been put into this whole programme and am very grateful to have been a part of it.
The live subject events have given me more insight into the subject and have helped me narrow down what I would and would not like to do at university.

Is it for you? 

This programme is designed to provide you with more information about university and help you make the decision on the right course and university for you.   

You must be studying in the first term of your level 3 qualifications.  These may be A-levels, BTECs, International Baccalaureate or equivalent that would allow progression onto university.   

The programme is open to students who are wishing to study a range of different subjects.  We will aim to provide a range of arts, social sciences, health care and science information however, we will not be able to cover all subject areas through our events.   

You may also be interested in looking at our other Individual programmes, some of which provide more subject specific content. 


More Information about the scheme


Structure of the programme 

Once the applications for the programme have been processed, you will be notified as to whether you have been allocated to Tier 1 or Tier 2 and be given details of how to book onto events.  You will also be given access to online resources and receive a termly newsletter.  All participants on Tier 1 and Tier 2 will have access to all these resources and online events.   

Tier 1 participants may also be eligible for the additional benefits of an enhanced contextual offer should you apply to the University of Nottingham, and the Nottingham Potential bursary should you become a student with us.  These are not available for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Foundation degrees.  To gain these benefits as a Tier 1 participant you must complete a total of 8 live sessions.  

All Tier 1 students must* have 

  • Home fee status  

  • attend a state-funded, non-fee-paying school 

  • have at least six GCSEs at grades 9-5 (or equivalent) 


  • were eligible for free School Meals whilst you were at school OR are in a household in receipt of a means-tested benefit OR have a household income under £35,000 

  • live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression to higher education and / or a high level of socio-economic disadvantage. Check if your postcode is eligible here.   

  • are in, or have been in, local authority care/ looked after 

  • have caring responsibilities for a member of your family 

  • are from a military family 

  • have a disability affecting your studies 

  • are from a Gypsy/Roma/Traveller community 

  • are a refugee 

  • are the first generation in your family to attend higher education 

Priority will be given to those students meeting a number of these criteria.  

 *Discretion on state school attendance and GCSE grades is available for students who are from a Gypsy/Roma/Traveller community, a refugee or are in/ have been in, local authority care/ looked after. 

Please note that these details will be verified prior to your acceptance on the programme.  Any inaccurate or misleading information will result in your application to the programme being withdrawn and/or an offer of a place revoked if successful. 

If you do not meet these criteria then you may be eligible for our standard contextual offer.  To view further details, visit our contextual offer page.