Environment Futures

We’re excited to launch our Environment Futures programme for Year 12 students. Designed to help you develop your insight into the various courses and what it’s like to study at a Russell Group University, The programme for 2022 is a mixture of in person, on campus, and online activity. You will be able to develop your skills and subject knowledge, as well as the opportunity to take part in talks, workshops, meet current students and academics, explore University of Leeds’ campus, and other enrichment activities alongside your current studies. 

What’s Included in the Futures Programmes 

The three strands are: 

  • Climate Futures: Find out more about how the world’s climate is being affected by human activity. Take part in sessions that try and find solutions and address some of these issues head on. 
  • Sustainable Futures: Are you interested in finding out how we can live in harmony with the planet, would you like to know more about the research that shows us how that can be done? 
  • Earth Futures: This programme looks in detail at the world we live in, exploring the rocks underneath our feet, delving into the deep oceans and navigating tropical rainforests  

Whilst each of the three strands have some specific subject taster sessions, you are encouraged to attend as many as possible as there is substantial cross over in much of the subject matter. As well as the subject taster sessions you will have access to personal statement and application support, and opportunities to meet, both online and face to face, current students studying courses within the Faculty of Environment. Session details and dates will be confirmed at the start of each programme. 

The programmes run from February in Year 12 to December in Year 13.  The information below should give you a general idea of the activities involved in each of our programmes. 

Year 12 

  • Launch event, providing you with more information about the programme and chance to meet staff and students in the Faculty of Environment  
  • Subject taster sessions, helping you develop your insight into your chosen subject area. 
  • Skills workshops, helping you develop the skills you need to apply to your chosen subject area. 
  • An exclusive on campus day, during which you will meet current students and academics, and have a tour around the faculty and the university campus.

Year 13 

  • Personal statement workshops, helping you understand how different universities use your personal statement and how best to write it. 
  • Study skills sessions, helping you develop the study skills required to help you do well in your current and future studies. 
  • Futures Graduation, celebrating your achievements over the programme 
  •  During the programme online sessions will take place between 4:30 -5:30 so that they do not interfere with your current studies. 

Eligibility Criteria 

The Futures programmes are open to current Year 12 / first year college students who are interested in applying to study geography and environment related courses at university. 

Students must meet one of the following criteria: 

  • English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 or equivalent qualification 
  • Students must also meet one of the following criteria: 
  • you live in an area with low progression to higher education (use our online postcode checker) 
  • you are eligible for free school meals or from a household with an annual income of £25,000 or below 
  • your parents did not go to university 
  • you attend a school achieving below the national average at GCSE (Attainment 8 score 
  • you live or grew up in public care 
  • your studies have been disrupted by circumstances in your personal, social or domestic life. (Except in extreme circumstances, disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic will not be considered) 

 For further guidance on eligibility, please refer to our Additional Information and Eligibility Guidelines. 

How to Apply 

Applications for our Futures programmes open on Monday 11th October 2022, closing on Monday 31st January 2022. To apply, please fill in the application form.