A STUDENT has become the first at his college to be selected for a "highly selective" university application programme.

The Target Oxbridge Programme 2021 is designed to support high achieving UK black students from African or Caribbean heritage to make a competitive application to either the University of Oxford or Cambridge.

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College student, Lamar Mukundi, has now been selected for the programme which receives thousands of applications each year.

The former St. Mary’s Independent School pupil aims to use the range of opportunities on the programme, including mentoring from students and alumni and a summer development scheme to apply to the University of Oxford next year.

Lamar said he feels "honoured" to be given a spot as over 1,000 students apply but only 160 are chosen.

“With the support of Target Oxbridge, I hope to complete a successful application to Oxford in October, where I’d like to study Law.

"I know that with the help of this programme as well as Barton Peveril, I will be prepared for the rigour of this application process.“

Barton Peveril’s Head of Careers and Higher Education, Shoonagh Hubble, added: "Places on the programme are extremely competitive so we are delighted that Lamar has been given this potentially life-changing opportunity.”