The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from low-income backgrounds to access top universities and careers. They run programmes which are completely free of charge programmes and feature mentoring, internships with top companies, university application support, and professional development and skills workshops for high achieving young people across the UK.
We have two sets of criteria for our programmes; academic and background. Care experienced young people automatically satisfy our background criteria.
Because we target high-achieving young people, the academic criteria are high. However, we recognise that young people who have spent time in care may have had a disrupted education or other difficulties. We know that, for some teenagers, this means their academic grades may not truly reflect their ability and their potential.
With this in mind we welcome applications from care experienced young people, providing they:
- Are in Year 12/Lower Sixth/S5
- Have 5 9-4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE, or they have 5 A-C grades at Scottish National 5
- Are on track for BBC at A-Level or BBCC at Scottish Higher
- Are intent on applying to university
- Are interested in working in one of our professional career areas
- Have a strong supporting reference written by a suitable referee (teacher, social worker etc.) which explains extenuating circumstances and affirms their academic and professional potential if they missed the required grades.
We’ve supported a number of care leavers in the past and encourage applications from even more. So if you think you meet the above criteria, please apply today!
The charity provides support in 11 professional sectors, including Law, Medicine and Accountancy. Students apply to join the programmes in Year 12 (England and Wales), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) and S5 (Scotland). Support continues from this point throughout university to help young people obtain graduate jobs.
The SMF is also running free employer and sector insight programmes for students interested in Finance or Digital with J.P. Morgan, Accountancy with KPMG, Engineering with BP, Business and Sustainability with PA Consulting, Digital with Neil Stevens Fellowship, Law Insight and Medicine Insight (please note that the Medicine Insight is open to applications from English students only). Students receive a mentor from the firm they will get an insight from, skills development workshops, university application advice, and if government guidance allows a face to face internship in London.
Applications are now open. More information and the closing dates can be found on the website here.