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Y12 students take part in HE+

What is HE+?

HE+ is a collaborative programme between the University of Cambridge and its Colleges, working together with groups of state schools and colleges in 20 regions of the UK. It has been running for over 10 years and in that time we have worked with approximately 25,000 students. In the 2019-20 academic year, over 4,000 Year 12 students in more than 170 schools and colleges participated in the initiative.
The programme provides a framework of support for schools and colleges in a particular region to collaborate to form regional consortia, these consortia then work in partnership to identify highly-able students who have the potential to progress to selective higher education but are perhaps from under-represented areas and backgrounds and therefore would be less likely to progress on to top-tier universities.
The programme is a sustained year-long initiative running from the autumn or spring term of Year 12 through to the autumn term of Year 13. We provide access to super-curricular activities designed to stretch and challenge the students academically and our outreach practitioners also deliver a comprehensive programme of information, advice and guidance sessions and study skills support in order to help ensure students make both a successful application and also a successful transition to highly-selective universities. We also offer a funded visit to Cambridge for a large number of participants each year allowing them to experience university life and meet our students.