Applications for the 2023 Robinson Access Programme are currently open.

See below for further information or apply through our application form.



What is the Robinson Access Programme?

The Robinson Access Programme (RAP) is an online scheme for Year 11 / S4 / Year 12 (Northern Ireland) and Year 12 / S5 / Year 13 (Northern Ireland) students, designed to help you think about university as an option for your future. The programme will consist of online sessions held every three weeks afterschool. Year 11 sessions will introduce you to what university is, how it works, and what it's like to be a student, alongside content that will help you develop your study skills.

The Year 12 strand will focus on academically-selective universities: what it's like to study at them, preparing to apply for these universities, and support in developing study skills and subject interests. For this reason, we particularly encourage applications from Year 12 (or equivalent) students if you are on track to achieve highly in your A Level / Higher / IB qualfications. However, you are still welcome to apply even if you are unsure as to which universities you want to go to or whether you will go at all.

Taking part in the scheme will give you access to Zoom webinars and workshops; email newsletters with pre-recorded video content; a Moodle forum to share your ideas with other RAP participants; and opportunities to further your knowledge and skills through independent research or self-reflection challenges.

If you are a teacher who needs to verify a student's application, please see the end of the page for further information.

Who is it for?

RAP is open to current Year 11 and Year 12 students studying at state schools in the UK. It is intended to encourage and support you in thinking about applying to selective universities in the UK, so we would particularly like to hear from you if you are part of the top-performing cohort in your school.

However, the programme is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about university. You don't need to be sure that you'll go, or know which universities you want to go to: the information and skills that you develop as part of RAP will help you wherever you decide to go after you leave school.

If the programme is oversubscribed, we will prioritise applicants who:

  • Have at any time been under the care of a Local Authority.
  • Are currently eligible for Free School Meals, or who have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years.
  • Are currently attending a school with low progression rates to higher-tariff universities.
  • Are the first in their immediate family to attend university.
  • Have home postcodes in areas with low local participation in Higher Education (POLAR4 quintiles 1 and 2).
  • Have home postcodes in areas of high socio-economic deprivation (IMD quintiles 1 and 2). 
  • Are from an ethnic background currently under-represented at the University of Cambridge (Black African, Black Caribbean, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Arab, Roma, or Traveller).
  • Live or attend a school in our link areas of Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire or the London Borough of Wandsworth.
  • Are on-track to perform highly at school relative to their classmates. For the Year 12 strand, we also consider whether applicants are taking subjects that would allow them to attend the University of Cambridge.

What are the key dates?


Applications open

Now open. Click here for application form.

Applications close

Sunday 26 February, 11.59pm

Deadline for teacher verification form

Wednesday 1 March, 11.59pm

Deadline for guardian consent form

Wednesday 1 March, 11.59pm

Decisions communicated to applicants

By Thursday 9 March




How do I apply?

Applications for RAP are currently open.

Please apply through our application form.

We will ask you for the following information in the application form:

  • Your details: first and last name, date of birth, postcode, school/college, email address;
  • Your current school subjects and predicted grades (if you do not have official predictions you will be asked to estimate the grades at which you are working);
  • Further contextual information related to our Widening Participation criteria;
  • Information about making any adjustments should you attend the event;
  • Name and contact details of a nominated school teacher or contact;
  • Name and contact details of a parent or guardian.

The application will be saved automatically so can be filled out in stages. Please make sure you open the form in the same browser to continue where you left off.


Teacher Verification

We ask students to provide a nominated school contact who can verify the academic information they provide within their application.

Nominated school contacts will receive an automatic email once the student has submitted their application form. This email will provide the verification form for that individual student, identified via their first name. If you are a teacher who is verifying multiple students with the same first name, please email

We do not require school contacts to provide a reference, simply to verify the information provided by the applicant.


If you have not received the automatic email, please follow the below steps:

  1. Confirm with your student that they submitted their application (they will have received an automatic email with a copy of their response if submitted successfully).
  2. Check your Junk or Spam mailbox. The email will be sent from 'Robinson College' (, with the subject line 'Robinson Access Programme - Teacher Verification Required'.
  3. Email with 'RAP Teacher Verification' in the subject line. Please include the name of your student and the name of the school in your email.