Environment Futures

We’re excited to launch our new online Environment Futures programme for Year 12 students. Designed to help you develop your insight into the various courses and what it’s like to study at a Russell Group University, the programme will also help you develop your skills and subject knowledge, giving you the opportunity to take part in talks, workshops and other enrichment activities alongside your current studies. 

What’s Included in the Futures Programmes

The three strands are: 

Climate Futures: Find out more about how the world’s climate is being affected by human activity. Take part in sessions that try and find solutions and address some of these issues head on. 

Sustainable Futures: Are you interested in finding out how we can live in harmony with the planet, would you like to know more about the research that shows us how that can be done? 

Earth Futures: This programme looks in detail at the world we live in, exploring the rocks underneath our feet, delving into the deep oceans and navigating tropical rainforests  

Each of our programmes are slightly different in terms of the scheduled activities throughout the year but have some core elements applicable to all, such as personal statement and application support. Sessions details will be confirmed at the start of each programme.  

 The programmes run from May in Year 12 to December in Year 13.  There will be a minimum of 3 compulsory sessions each term with a number of optional ones to choose depending on your area of interest. The details below give you a general idea of the activities involved in each of our programmes. 

Year 12 

Launch event, providing you with more information about the programme and chance to meet staff and students in the Faculty of Environment  

Subject taster sessions, helping you develop your insight into your chosen subject area. 

Skills workshops, helping you develop the skills you need to apply to your chosen subject area. 

Year 13 

Personal statement workshops, helping you understand how different universities use your personal statement and how best to write it. 

Study skills sessions, helping you develop the study skills required to help you do well in your current and future studies. 

Futures Graduation, celebrating your achievements over the programme 

 During the programme, sessions will take place on an evening, weekend, and during the school / college holidays, so that they do not interfere with your current studies. 


Eligibility Criteria 

The Futures programmes are open to current Year 12 / first year college students who are interested in applying to study geography and environment related courses at university. 


Students must meet one of the following criteria: 

 Year 12 / first year college student, studying at a non-selective school / college.  

 English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or equivalent qualification 


Students must also meet one of the following criteria: 


you live in an area with low progression to higher education (use our online postcode checker) 

you are eligible for free school meals or from a household with an annual income of £25,000 or below 

your parents did not go to university 

you attend a school achieving below the national average at GCSE (Attainment 8 score 

you live or grew up in public care 

your studies have been disrupted by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life. (Except in extreme circumstances, disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic will not be considered) 


For further guidance on eligibility, please refer to our Additional Information and Eligibility Guidelines. 


How to Apply 

Applications for our Futures programmes will open here on Monday 8th March 2021, closing on Sunday 18th April 2021. Apply here