We know there is much more to student success than passing exams. We work to find ways to help pupils develop the knowledge, experience and skills that will enable them to succeed at university, in an apprenticeship and beyond into the world of work.

To support our schools, teachers and students with this work, we often partner with businesses, universities and other third sector organisations. It’s all part of our mission to make sure that every student has the choice of going to university or into a career that's right for them.

Professional Pathways

Professional Pathways is an innovative programme of study for Ark BTEC students aged 16-18. Teachers are trained to develop a high quality vocational curriculum that is directly relevant to the workplace. The curriculum is made up of a work readiness curriculum which teaches students key employability skills.

This programme would not be effective without the support of leading corporations and charities, who support in delivering masterclasses and mentor students through the application process to universities of apprenticeships.

Find out more about how and why we developed the programme in this blog.

Apprenticeship Mentoring Programmes

We support mentoring and coaching programmes which are delivered by corporate partners including, Ambition School Leadership, Bloomberg, AON, Urban Growth Company and LM-JV. Some provide help to students to develop and hone key skills, explore their career options and familiarise themselves with the world, whereas target groups of students who are struggling with confidence or transitioning between education stages. Typical programmes offer sessions on higher education and career planning, CV writing, interview techniques, presentation skills and a Dragons’ Den style pitch. If you work for an industry that offers higher or degree level apprenticeships, you could become an #unexpectedmentor.


Thanks to our generous partners and donors, we can offer a range of financial bursaries. These bursaries enrich our students’ learning and allow them to carry on studying after their GCSEs. For Year 13 leavers going onto higher education, we offer bursaries ranging from £3,000 to £30,000 to help with the financial costs of university life.


Jeremy's story

Former Walworth Academy student Jeremy Ogunleye, who has just completed a degree in English Language and Literature at Oxford, says: “It’s been a life-changing experience and a challenge that was made possible with help from Ark and the Reuben Scholarship.”

Jeremy was one of the first recipients of The Reuben Scholarship Programme at Ark – securing £10,000 per year to help fund his studies. Awarded to talented Ark students, the scholarship is designed to ensure that those from disadvantaged backgrounds can take up places at top universities.

“Because of the Reuben Scholarship, I never had to worry about money, which was lucky because they don’t let you have a term-time job at Oxford. It went towards my living and course costs – for instance, if I needed a book and all the library’s copies were out, I could buy a copy.

“Oxford has been sensational – I’ve had three of the best years of my life.”