Access and Participation


At UCA we nurture creative talent. Our dedicated outreach team works with schools and community groups to support students from under-represented backgrounds into higher education.

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Our outreach partners

To promote access to higher education we work in partnership with a range of higher education networks.

The Kent and Medway Collaborative Outreach Programme (KaMCOP) consists of universities and colleges that have come together to actively encourage access and participation across Kent and Medway.

As the programme’s creative lead, UCA promotes creative opportunities through workshops, holiday camps and one to one support with selected young people in Years 9 to 13.

Nationally, this work falls under the banner of the Uni Connect Programme, a project aimed at promoting social mobility by improving access to Higher Education for young people from under-represented backgrounds.

Find out more about KaMCOP

UCA works with the Higher Education Outreach Network (HEON), a consortia of universities delivering activities to promote progression to Higher Education within specific wards across Surrey and North East Hampshire. We offer outreach activities to pupils in Years 9 to 13, as well as impartial information, advice and guidance on Higher Education.

Learn more about HEON

Part of London Higher, AccessHE is a pan-London organisation that aims to support the progression of under-represented groups into higher education. UCA is a key partner in AccessHE Creative Network, which develops coordinated strategies to support under-represented young people in London to follow a creative pathway.

Visit the AccessHE website

Find out more about AccessHE Creative

UCA is a Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) partner. KMPF is made up of 40 schools in the Kent and Medway area, 3 universities and 2 local authorities, working together to enable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education.

Visit the KMPF website

The Care Leavers Progression Partnership (CLPPP) is network of organisations in Kent and Medway, committed to improving the post-16 education and training experience for local children in care and care leavers.

Visit the CLLP website

Continuing Professional Development

If you're a teacher or careers advisor, we want to help you to equip your student to be the creative leaders and innovators of the future. Our Continuing Professional Development events give you the skills and knowledge to do just that.

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access agreement

Our access and participation plan sets out what we are doing to improve equality of opportunity for under-represented groups to access and succeed in higher education.

UCA Access & Participation Plan 2020-21 - 2024-25

Office for Students: Fee Information for new entrants in 2021-22