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What is Future Steps?

Future Steps is a programme to support final year students in Year 13 or Level 3 as they transition through to their next steps after Sixth Form and College. SUN aims to support students via:

  • Online chat platform – with current under graduate students, careers advisers and progression mentors
  • Relevant content and FAQs generated from Year 13 feedback
  • Bursary applications for additional CEIAG
  • Offline booklet
  • Results day support

The project will be available in two tranches, with tranche one launching in June initially dedicated to those students who have accepted an offer and have questions about their next steps. A second wave, running through until September, will be for those who may not yet have a destination or are unsure if they still want to take their place in the new academic year. Tranche two will launch in September 2020 and support the new Year 13 and Level 3 Year 2 students with their decision-making for academic year 2020-21.

Online Chat

Working with a global specialist in peer and ambassador management, we have partnered with The Access Platform (TAP) to bring students together with student ambassadors, progression mentors and level 6 trained careers advisers. This digital platform will enable your students to tap in to real-world knowledge and get real-time answers in a safe and secure environment. Your students can access the online chat platform via our website.

Students can use the chat function to ask questions about their progression and tackle their concerns in this current climate. This is not intended to replace the college or sixth form’s existing provision; it is designed to complement and encourage engagement, signposting student’s back to their sixth form or college careers team, or progression mentor, for specialist information. By appealing to students on an informal, digital platform, in a chat-format they are familiar with, it is hoped that students who don’t typically engage with traditional careers provision will feel comfortable to reach-out and receive valuable support.

Safeguarding and student safety is a key feature of the platform, with built in keyword detection that flags and alerts any potential risks. Messages that are flagged will not be sent to or from the students before approval from a trained SUN member of staff. All student ambassadors will receive thorough training before going live on the system and progression mentors are already working for SUN in a number of colleges across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight. Online chat is supported by Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council.

CEIAG Bursary

As part of Future Steps tranche one, SUN are also offering a bursary for additional CEIAG support for your current final year ‘NCOP students’ (those domiciled in OfS defined target wards and ‘Widening Participation (WP) students’ (those who meet widening participation criteria). This additional award is to be used for one-to-one careers interventions to support young people who need further careers support due to the pandemic.

The bursary is intended to support and complement existing provision/ To be eligible to apply, all SUN funding, awarded to schools and colleges in autumn term 2019 must be committed or spent. The deadline for applications to the bursary scheme is Monday 10 August 2020 and all funding is paid retrospectively. This bursary is for NCOP and WP students who are in their final year or on an Access course.

If you would like to apply for the bursary, or would be interested in support from an independent careers adviser, please complete the bursary application below.

Bursary Application Form

Please return the completed bursary application form to Becki Warrillow via email We will aim to respond to all bursaries within two working weeks of receiving them.

Offline Booklet

In August 2020 SUN will be distributing a booklet to support current final year students to support them with results day, accepting offers, and their Future Steps. Please keep an eye on this webpage and your emails for more details.

Results Day


If your school, sixth form or college is based in Hampshire, Dorset or the Isle of Wight and you are not currently involved with the SUN and Uni Connect, please email us at for more information.

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