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Levelling Up: Aspire Higher 

The programme is currently closed to new applications; the applications for cohort 3 (2023-24) will open in late 2022.

If you were part of Cohort 1, creating the programme in 2022, we have created a new Information for Cohort 1 Page where you can find any information you may be looking for.

Levelling Up: Aspire Higher is an academic and pastoral support programme, targeted at students who are aiming to pursue the study of chemistry, maths or physics at university.

We are excited to be able to offer our student participants the opportunity to take part in a variety of online subject specific tutorials, mentoring, guest lectures and activities designed to prepare them for university study to help make sure they are ready to apply for and succeed in Higher Education.

Participants will experience what it is like to be a part of Durham University, with regular contact with tutors, mentors (Chemistry and Physics Programmes) and academics from across the Faculty of Science. Levelling Up: Aspire Higher will be a fun, encouraging and intellectually stimulating introduction to Durham University and studying at university.

This is a joint programme with the London Mathematical Society (LMS) and the Institute of Physics (IoP). There are also Chemistry, Maths and Physics programmes running at other universities. Please visit their websites for more details.


Who can take part?


Please see the essential criteria on our Eligibility Criteria webpage.

Please note, to participate in the programmes, you must be studying the following A-level (or equivalent) subjects:

Chemistry Programme - Chemistry and Maths A Levels

Maths Programme - Maths A Level and Further Maths AS* (*please see the Durham Maths Undergraduate Course webpages for information about applying to study maths at Durham)

Physics Programme - Physics and Maths A Levels


Supported Progression


You may also be interested in applying for the Supported Progression programme. Please see the Durham University Supported Progression webpages.


Key dates - please note that applications are now closed for the 2022 start


1 December 2021 - Applications open for cohort 2 (2022/23)

30 January 2022 - Applications close for cohort 2 (2022/23)

February 2022 - Applicants contacted with application outcomes

10 March 2022 - Levelling Up: Aspire Higher Cohort 2 Launch Event

Late 2022 - Applications open for cohort 3 (2023/24)

What you need to do next

The key steps you need to take now to move forward are:

  1. Take a look at the Levelling Up: Aspire Higher webpages
  2. Consider the time commitment required to engage with the programme
  3. Get in touch, by email, if you have any questions, at 
  4. Complete the application form (see above for key dates) when the next cohort applications open
  5. Ask your teacher to complete the verification section once you have applied

Please note:

Participants will receive a guaranteed offer to study chemistry, physics, or maths at Durham University, subject to meeting the degree requirements, and if they have fully engaged with the relevant Levelling Up: Aspire Higher programme.


Resources (these will be replaced by Cohort 3 information in Autumn/Winter 2022)

Levelling Up: Aspire Higher Cohort 2 Brochure

Levelling Up: Aspire Higher Cohort 2 Poster

Levelling Up: Aspire Higher Cohort 2 Privacy Notice

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Levelling Up: Aspire Higher Cohort 2 Brochure

Levelling Up: Aspire Higher Cohort 2 Poster (pre-launch date)

Levelling Up: Aspire Higher Cohort 2 Privacy Notice