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STEP 2022

Durham University’s Space to Explore Potential (STEP) 2022 is now closed for applications.

We will aim to communicate application outcomes, either way, with you by the middle of May.

STEP offers a dedicated space for young Black-heritage students, to explore not only their own potential but all that Durham has to offer as a potential university destination. We welcome applications from Year 12 Black-heritage students, who attend UK State Schools. 

The STEP team are delighted to be working with the Reach Society again, and are grateful for their support.

What is STEP?

STEP consists of a 3 day summer residential, along with online information and guidance through Year 12 and 13. If you successfully gain a place on STEP, you will have the opportunity to:

  • meet current Durham University students and quiz them on their experiences;
  • get the chance to visit Durham and live in one of our 17 colleges;
  • have taster sessions with one of our academic departments;
  • network with likeminded people from across the country;
  • access key information, advice and guidance about the UCAS application process;
  • receive a guaranteed, alternative offer (typically two grades below) for a programme of study at Durham.

Need more info on what you can choose to study? You can find out information on what subjects are on offer through STEP, and any requirements needed for them, by clicking here.

Who can apply for STEP?

To check whether you are eligible for STEP view our STEP Eligibility Criteria.

Durham University's STEP programme aims to support students who are typically underrepresented in Higher Education and particularly at Durham. As places are limited and highly sought after, we use our eligibility and selection criteria to help us identify those applicants who we feel will benefit the most from the programme.

STEP 2022 Key Dates

Applications for the 2022 cohort is open until 23:59pm on Sunday 24 April 2022, make sure you set a reminder to submit your applications before then!

We will aim to communicate application outcomes, either way, with you by the middle of May.

Please make sure that you're available for the event dates below before you apply to the programme - they're all essential in assessing your success in STEP and you need to commit to them all.

  • Online Welcome Event: 27 June 2022
  • Summer School in Durham: 8-10 August 2022

Key dates for STEP 2022

Want to find out more about STEP? We're running Information Events online and attending some events near you over the next couple of months. Click here to find out more about those events.



Want to find out more?

You can find out more information on STEP and our partners, Durham University, or get in touch with us here.

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