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All Access AUB

At AUB we believe that every individual should be able to access creative activities and explore new opportunities, no matter their background. That’s why we're thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new post-16 access scheme ‘All Access AUB’.

It’s the first of its kind. An intensive, engaging programme of activity for students from underrepresented groups, specifically designed to support entry to creative Higher Education.

Find out more about the exciting creative activities and review eligibility below, or contact our friendly team.

Applications for All Access AUB 2024/25 are now open. Apply via the button below!

Applications are due to close on Friday 24 May, but may close earlier if a large number of applications are received.

Current All Access AUB Exhibition

The All Access AUB exhibition is a collaborative project between TheGallery and AUB's Access and Participation team.

Our exhibition, Inside Out – Thinking Through Materials, showcases the explorative and experimental work undertaken by our 2023 All Access AUB residential cohort. It highlights and celebrates their creative talents and curious minds.

During their residential at AUB, students got the chance to discover their own journeys, use a range of materials, ideas and imagination. The resulting work reflects the high quality of the students' engagement, tenacity and creativity within a very short and intense few days, which we're delighted with and grateful for.

The exhibition took place from 16 December 2023 – 18 January 2024. You can view the digital gallery below.

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All Access AUB Participants will

  • Take part in a fully funded summer residential, exploring and experimenting with different mediums to build a strong portfolio of work.
  • Have their work included as part of an industry-standard art exhibition at AUB’s TheGallery.
  • Be invited, alongside friends and family, to attend a celebration event of their work.
  • Receive one-to-one support from expert artists and designers in the development of their portfolio.
  • Attend a ‘transition to creative HE’ event in their second year of Sixth Form or College.
  • Be given extra consideration at the point of admission to AUB, which, if an offer is made, will be a reduced conditional offer of up to two grades.
  • Support from a dedicated progression mentor through the AUB application process and beyond.

The All Access AUB scheme is available to students living permanently in England. Students can apply when they reach the first year of A-Level (or equivalent) study and must be aged between 16-17 at the start of the Summer Residential. To be eligible for a place learners must attend a state school or college of further education. They must also meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have received Free School Meals at any point during your secondary school studies
  • Been in local authority care or looked after for three months or more OR are estranged from your parents/guardians
  • Are a Young Carer
  • From a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Showman, or Boater community
  • Have a parent who has served, or is currently serving, in the armed forces
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area with low levels of progression to Higher Education falling within TUNDRA LSOA quintiles 1 and 2.
  • Current home postcode shows that you live in an area that falls within the Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) 1 and 2.

Eligibility for the TUNDRA LSOA measure can be checked here. Eligibility for the Index of Multiple Deprivation measure can be checked here.

  • Summer Residential: Participants will be invited to attend a four-day and three-night summer residential here on AUB Campus. You'll be invited to engage in a number of creative workshops to boost your artistic confidence, build new creative skills and create a piece for the Summer Residential Exhibition.
  • Exhibition: The work created at the summer residential will be curated in a four-week exhibition taking place at TheGallery. This will be an amazing opportunity to have your work featured in a professional exhibition at an accredited venue. You'll also be invited, alongside your family and supporters, to a celebratory event to view the exhibition and share and reflect on your successes. View the digital version of our 2023 exhibition.
  • Portfolio Tutorials: Participants will have the opportunity to meet with tutors for one-to-one portfolio review sessions in preparation for your application to creative universities.
  • Transition Day: Participants will return to campus for the day with a focus on navigating the transition to higher education. Participants will attend workshops that will have a focus on academic writing, time management, and making the most of student life.
  • Reduced grades offer: Upon completion of the All Access AUB scheme participants will receive additional consideration from the admissions team, which, if an offer is made, will be a reduced conditional offer of up to two grades.

  • Summer Residential: 6–9 August 2024
  • Portfolio Tutorials: September – December 2024 (one-to-one online session)
  • Exhibition Celebration Event: January 2025
  • Transition Day: Easter 2025
  • Read more about our 2023 exhibition.

See what students get up to during All Access AUB

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We know that inspiring your students, whatever their ambition, is at the heart of what we do in creative education.

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On-campus activities

We run a range of on-campus activities so that your students can experience life at an arts university first-hand.

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In-school activities

Our in-school activities have been designed to support your students in discovering more about Higher Education and creative pathways

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Lesson resources

We have a range of learning resources at AUB that can support your teaching either in the classroom or online.

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Helping your students apply

We appreciate that navigating the process of applying to university can be a daunting time for students – we're here to help.

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Widening access to AUB

Those with the potential to benefit from higher education, deserve the opportunity to do so. At AUB, we’re committed to making that happen.

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