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Pathways to Banking and Finance (Years 12-13)

 Pathways to Banking and Finance is a two year access programme for students interested in studying finance or a career in the financial sector. The programme will provide students with the information, advice and guidance needed to succeed in a career in finance.

The Programme

Students join the programme at the start of Year 12 and throughout the two years they will be invited to attend a regular, engaging and hands-on programme of activities including lectures, seminars, finance in action insight days and university guidance sessions. Students have the opportunity to apply for an undergraduate mentor and will be invited to apply for a work experience placement at Deutsche Bank. The programme was set up by the Sutton Trust and is supported by Deutsche Bank.   

What is involved?

• Finance taster sessions and university support

• Residential conference

• Work experience

• E-mentoring

 How much does it cost?

There are no costs involved to participate in this programme.

You should consider applying for a place on Pathways to Banking and Finance if you are currently in Year 12 and are interested in studying finance or a career in the financial sector.


To be eligible for the programme you must:

• Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded, non fee-paying school/college
• Be in Year 12 at the start of the programme
• Have achieved 5 A* – B grades at GCSE (with a minimum of 2 A* or A grades), including grades 9 – 6 in Mathematics and English
• Live within a reasonable commuting distance of the university to which they are applying

and should meet criteria from at least 3 of the following 4 baskets:

Basket 1              

Have been eligible or be in receipt of Free School Meals during secondary school and/or the 16-19 bursary and/or the Pupil Premium            

Basket 2              

Be the first generation in your family to attend university            

Basket 3              

Attend a school or college with a low overall A level points score and/or low levels of progression to university            

Basket 4              

Live in an area with low progression to university and/or live in an area with high levels of socio-economic deprivation. Priority will be given to students who are (or have been) looked after or accommodated in care. Priority will also be given to young carers.

In addition to the above eligibility criteria, students will be required to demonstrate an interested in studying Finance (or related subject at university), and priority will be given to students studying Mathematics at A-level.

How to apply

Applications for 2017-18 are now closed. Applications for 2018-19 will open in September 2018. 

If you are in Year 11 and would like a taser of the Pathways to Banking and Finance programme before applying in Year 12, please see information on our Introduction to Pathways Programmes.

Further Information

If you have any questions please contact pathways@lse.ac.uk