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Supported Progression

What is Supported Progression?

Supported Progression (SP) is a programme for Year 12 students. Some students who have the potential to study with us will benefit from extra help and support. We aim to give these students the chance to show their potential in a different way. By passing the assessed summer school project, you can work toward a guaranteed, conditional offer from us as well as developing your academic skills.

As an SP student, you will have the opportunity to come to events and activities during Years 12 and 13. You’ll learn about Durham and all we have to offer you. Our students need a few key personal skills to succeed at university. We’ll help you work on some of them, such as presentation skills, budgeting, time management, and so on! Our aim is to ensure you go through our scheme and come out the other side confident and assured of your own ability.

Applications for Supported Progression 2023 have now closed.

After applications closed on January 22, we had originally planned to assess all applications and make decisions by February 10. Due to a record breaking level of applications, we are now expecting to complete making decisions by Wednesday 15 February 2023. We will use this additional time to ensure we have carefully considered all applications against the eligibility criteria and make offers accordingly.

If you'd like more information on the SP programme, you can check out our 2023 applicant brochure here: Supported Progression Brochure 2023

Need to get in touch, or want more information?

If you need to ask us any questions, please use the Get in Touch link below or email us at

View the Supported Progression Eligibility and Selection Criteria, 2023 Programme

Please check Subject specific requirements here: Subject Requirements SP 2023

Why should I apply?

Applying to universities can be a little daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! We’ll help you to find your way around UCAS and student finance, as well as give you support with your personal statement. We hope that SP will help you build the knowledge, confidence, and resilience to join us at Durham.

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Contact the Supported Progression team.
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