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Aged 16 to 18? At college? Make Happen is for you!

If you’re thinking about going to university or getting a degree apprenticeship, specifically if you’re in further education, we can help you find your way. Our interactive workshops and events are designed specifically to help you make informed choices about your future, supported by funding opportunities. We work closely with your college, and sessions are delivered by our specialist further education team.

Colleges we work with

  • Chelmsford College
  • Colchester Institute
  • Harlow College
  • New City College, Epping
  • South Essex College
  • The Sixth Form College, Colchester
  • USP College
  • Writtle University College

Why take part in Make Happen events?

We want to help students attend events and activities to help you discover more about what higher education can offer. We also understand that it’s important your family is involved, too. So we’ll cover travel costs for you and up to two guests, where appropriate.

This is not an exhaustive list of opportunities we could fund, but it is intended to give you an idea of the types of bursaries awarded:

  1. Travel expenses for attending university open days
  2. Travel expenses for higher education interviews
  3. UCAS applications
  4. Expenses associated with study experiences to enhance university applications e.g. summer schools, conferences, course experiences

Please note that travel must be standard class when traveling via train or coach

Read and complete a student bursary form – updated Feb 2020

Am I eligible?

To receive Make Happen funding, you must currently studying in either year 12 or 13 or year 1, year 2 equivalent (Level 2 or 3), and you will need to be an NCOP/Uni Connect student in order to be eligible for a bursary. To find out whether or not you are eligible, please contact your in-college coordinator (we do this by checking your home postcode). Alternatively, email us at and we’ll notify you.

Careers and higher education fairs

Look out for us at your college careers or higher education fairs! We’ll be there to provide you with impartial advice and support to help you make the most of your visit. Also, download our user-friendly guide: How to make the most of open days.

Here’s what one student told us

“I have taken part in numerous trips and events organised by Make Happen… one was a residential trip to Loughborough University, where a group of us got to stay in university dorms and grasped what it is really like to be a student there. It was amazing – we left feeling like we had been university students for a few days.”

Video: watch Emma’s story 



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Basic guides

Take time to read our basic guides, which contain clear facts and figures about preparing for university life or taking a degree apprenticeship.