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Aspiring Professionals Programme: Student Application Form 2021

Aspiring Professionals Programme Application 2021

Please read our eligibility criteria and Student Guidance carefully before applying. After you complete this page an option to 'Save and continue later' will appear on the bottom right corner of the window. Please carefully enter your email address to receive a unique link to save and continue your application in stages as the form is long and if you close your window you could have to start again. This email may appear in your spam folder. We also recommend that you draft and save your essay answers offline. Please note you can only submit one application, but you can get in touch afterwards if you would like to update any details.

The strands of the APP you can apply for depend on where you live. You will be able to select either APP City or APP Reach, and if you're based outside London one APP Residential on the form.

APP City is for students in living within 60-minutes of Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester, 90-minutes of Cardiff, Glasgow and Newcastle, and within the M25 boundary for London who are interested in one of our 11 career sectors. Please see our website here for more information.

APP Residential is for students anywhere in the UK outside of London who would like an insight into a specific sector with a top employer from that field. Please note, if government guidelines allow, the work experience element on this programme will be a face to face residential in London (or Middlesbrough for the Medicine Insight) and students will receive a mentor from that organisation, skill development workshops and university application support and guidance. Please therefore only apply to an APP Residential if you would like to attend in person next summer. If government guidance does not allow the residential to take place in person, virtual support will be provided.

Students outside of London can apply to APP City and one of the following:

  • APP BP Engineering Programme – for students interested in engineering
  • APP J.P. Morgan Digital Programme – for students interested in computer science, financial technology, cyber security, coding and system design
  • APP J.P. Morgan Finance Programme – for students interested in banking and finance, investment banking, mathematics and economics
  • APP KPMG Accountancy Programme – for students interested in accountancy and professional services
  • APP Law Insight Programme – for students interested in pursuing law (employer partners are Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Herbert Smith Freehills, White and Case and Akin Gump)
  • APP Neil Stevens Fellowship Digital Programme – for students interested in gaming, system design, coding (employers featured in the past have been Dropbox, Facebook, Amazon, FarFetch and more)
  • APP PA Consulting Springboard Programme – for students interested in general business, consultancy, politics, and sustainability. This work experience programme is shaped around the UN Sustainable goals.
  • APP Medicine Insight Programme – for students (living in England, outside London only) who are interested in pursuing Medicine

APP Reach is for students anywhere in the UK outside of London who meet the criteria outlined on our website here.

1. The deadline to complete this application form is Friday 29th January 2021 at 12pm (midday).

2. After you have submitted this form please download and complete an eligibility form and ask your nominated teacher to submit a reference for you before 5pm, Monday 8th February 2021. Your teacher reference will receive an email about this when you submit your form.

Please note, whilst you are completing the application form SMF will send support resources and reminders to you to complete your application. 
We will also share your name with relevant teacher(s) at your school or college - this means we can ask your nominated teacher to complete a reference, and we may share the progress and outcome of your application.
If you have any questions or concerns about this before you begin or during your application please contact

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Application Screening

Before you begin, it is essential that you check you are eligible to apply. Our eligibility criteria varies depending on your school, household information, and there may be additional grade requirements depending on the sectors you are interested in.
Please confirm your current school year *This question is required.
Please confirm you meet the academic criteria we have outlined for your school here, including any additional sector requirements: *This question is required.
Please note the first two options are the typical academic profile of our students however exceptions can be made for care-experienced children, those with extenuating circumstances and students who narrowly missed out on the grades due to centre assessed grades (CAGs) being awarded
Please confirm you meet the background criteria we have outlined for your school or college here: *This question is required.