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Accelerate into University is a pioneering programme aimed at increasing diversity in the architecture profession. Led by Open City and working in partnership with The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and mentors across the architecture profession, students will spend 6 months gaining valuable skills and experience to support them into studying architecture at university level.

Accelerate was developed and established in 2012 by Open City, in partnership with UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture.

Over the last six years over 200 students have taken part and benefited from the programme, with 70 per cent of Accelerate participants securing conditional offers to study architecture and related subjects at universities including University College London (UCL), the University of Cambridge and The University of Manchester.

The film below captures the essence of the programme and participant’s ambitions.

The application deadline is 30 September and all applicants must have a lead teacher contact. For more information on how to apply please contact

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