Merseyside Young Psychologists and Life Scientists

Shaping Futures has partnered with the University of Liverpool Faculty of Health and Life Sciences to offer an exciting series of events for Year 12 students interested in learning more about a career in life sciences or psychologists. Two projects, Merseyside Young Psychologists and Merseyside Young Life Scientists, will support Year 12 students in their aspirations, with lecturers and researchers at the University of Liverpool opening up their laboratories and sharing their teaching resources with students involved in the two projects. You’ll be able to find out what goes on behind the scenes and develop new skills.

The project will include a opportunities to tour University labs and take part in lab work, attend sample lectures, meet current undergraduate and post graduate students in the subject specialties, library tours and workshops, advice on course selection and UCAS applications, receive support with Open Days and a chance to create, present and receive feedback on a poster on an academic area of interest


All events will take place in half terms or school holidays so your academic commitments aren’t impacted!

Taking part in Merseyside Young Psychologists or Merseyside Young Life Scientists will help you to:

  • Experience student life at the University of Liverpool campus
  • Extend your subject knowledge, building on what you’re currently studying at A Level or BTEC
  • Help you decide which programme of study is right for you
  • Learn more about studying at university
  • Develop important study skills which will support you in higher level study
  • Prepare a strong UCAS application


In order to take part in the project you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a Year 12 currently studying A Levels, Level 3 BTECs, or a mix of the two qualifications
  • Have at least 5 A*-B (or equivalent) at GCSE. These must include a 5 of above in both English Language and Mathematics
  • Be a Home or EU Registered student as recognised by the Student Loans Company, or expect to be by the time you would start undergraduate study
  • Have a passion for life sciences or psychology, and be interested in expanding your knowledge

Applications for the project will be competitive, so apply promptly to secure your place! Priority will be given to students from Shaping Futures target postcodes, students who have been in local authority care and students from other target groups.

Students may only take part in Merseyside Young Psychologists or Merseyside Young Life Scientists.

How to apply

You should email Lucy Bentley on as soon as possible to register your interest in the project – you should include your name, date of birth, postcode and school in this initial email. You then need to complete an application form (below) and send it to Make sure you complete the correct application form for the project you’re interested in.

Merseyside Young Life Scientists Registration Form

Merseyside Young Psychologists Registration Form