I’ve really appreciated taking part in this scheme. It was really valuable for my application and gave me a lot more confidence going into the process!
PASS21 participant

Peterhouse Applicant Support Scheme

Applications are now open for the Peterhouse Applicant Support Scheme, a free programme aimed at supporting students in making applications to competitive universities. 

If you are a state-school student in Y12 (England and Wales) / S5 (Scotland) / Y13 (N Ireland), apply now via this link

What is the Peterhouse Applicant Support Scheme?

The 2022 Peterhouse Applicant Support Scheme (PASS22) is an online programme, designed to support students in making an application to competitive UK universities, including Cambridge and Oxford. The skills and knowledge that you develop throughout the scheme will also help you to apply to other highly-selective universities. The programme will take you through each part of the application process, from choosing a course to preparing for an interview. 

Taking part in the scheme will give you access to:

  • Webinars and workshops to support you through the process, providing information and advice from the Peterhouse Outreach & Admissions team.
  • Email newsletters with application advice and subject-specific resources.
  • Independent research, study or self-reflection challenges which will help you to make each aspect of your application more competitive.
  • The opportunity to engage in academic discussions around your subject of interest.

PASS22 will take place in two phases. Phase I will cover aspects of university applications including course choice, super-curricular exploration, revision strategies and personal statements. Phase II will cover aspects more specific to Oxford and Cambridge, including admissions assessments and interview workshops.

Anyone on Phase I will be automatically guaranteed a place on Phase II, but there is no expectation that you need to continue if you feel the programme will no longer be relevant to you. Applications will reopen in the summer for students to join at Phase II if they have chosen to make an application to Oxford or Cambridge, but did not apply for Phase I of the programme.

Who is it for?

PASS22 is open to students in Y12 (England & Wales) / S5 Highers (Scotland) / Y13 (N Ireland).

In particular, this programme is aimed at students on track to achieve at least 3 As at A-Level, or equivalent. We understand that you may not have predicted grades at this point of the year, so please apply if you think you could reasonably be expected to achieve this!

If you are considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge, this scheme will be of use to you. However, there is no requirement for you to be considering applying to be part of the scheme, especially in Phase I. The content will largely be applicable to anyone applying to a competitive university in the UK, and you can then decide if Phase II would be beneficial to you.

The scheme is open to any state school Y12 student who either lives or attends a school in our Link Areas of Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hillingdon, and linked Cambridgeshire schools.

We also have up to 85 places to offer Y12 (England & Wales) / S5 Highers (Scotland) / Y13 (N Ireland) from outside our Link Areas. If the programme is over-subscribed, we will prioritize 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.
  • 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, Gypsy or Traveller)
  •  Who are not on a programme of similar aims run by a different college at Cambridge

Applying to the programme

Applications and sign-ups will open Feb 9th, and will close at 23:59 on March 8th. We will aim to let you know by March 14th if you have a place.

The programme will run from mid-March to early November.

Follow the link to apply – we expect this to take 10-15 minutes:


I’ve really appreciated taking part in this scheme. It was really valuable for my application and gave me a lot more confidence going into the process!
PASS21 participant