K+ is run by King's College London. It is a two-year programme of events, activities and academic workshops created to help support your university application and provide the skills you need to reach your potential as an undergraduate student. Students who successfully complete the programme are eligible for the K+ variable offer to study at King's worth up to two A-level grades lower than the standard offer (excluding medicine and dentistry). One of the highlights of K+ is the Spotlight Summer School. It’s a free, non-residential programme packed full of exciting activities.

  • There are specific criteria you need to meet for your application to be considered, so check these before you apply.

Reading Scholars

The Reading Scholars programme aims to give Year 12 students a real taste of life as a university undergraduate, and to provide practical support as participants begin their Higher Education application process. Featuring input from leading academics and current undergraduate mentors, the programme will challenge participants academically and enhance current studies. Students who successfully take part in the Scholars programme who go on to apply for an undergraduate course at the University of Reading are guaranteed to receive either an invite to interview or a conditional offer. Applicants who go on to select the University of Reading as their firm choice institution are also eligible to apply for a £1000 Scholars bursary in their first year.

Realising Opportunities

The Realising Opportunities (RO) Programme has been designed to give your students support through their post 16 studies and to provide them with information and guidance to help them make informed decisions about their future. The RO Programme allows students to demonstrate that they have the potential to study at a research intensive university and by successfully completing the RO Programme they will be eligible for any alternative offers they may receive from the RO universities. Universities involved in the programme include: Warwick, Kings and Manchester to name a few.


UCL Summer Challenge

Summer Challenge is a programme of subject specific courses for Year 12 students attending state schools in or near London, whose parents have not been to university, and who are academically high achieving.

There are a number of courses on offer in a diverse range of STEM and humanities subjects, all taught by UCL academics and PhD students. During the course of the programme, students must complete a piece of work to be graded by their tutor. Summer Challenge encourages critical thinking and debate, and gives students valuable practice at crafting academic essays, which can be used during A-Level and university study.

“It was challenging! I chose Neurology and it was hard to learn in a new format. The lectures made me feel like a university student and made me feel more enthusiastic about attending university and the university style of learning.” Susan, Class of 2018