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Contextual admissions

Contextual admissions takes account of additional information about an applicant’s background that might have impacted their education and adjusts the entry criteria for that applicant.

Widening participation is at the core of our mission and we believe firmly in helping people to seize every opportunity to flourish in education. Therefore we will offer a reduced entry tariff for students from areas of relative disadvantage, with lower rates of participation in higher education, as well as those students who have spent time in the care system.

Who is eligible?

You can assess whether you may be eligible for a reduced tariff offer by using the tool below.

Contextual admissions

The outcome of the tool is based on the information you provide here. If this information is not consistent with the information you provide on your UCAS application, your eligibility may vary.

Our contextual admissions policy applies to all UK students applying to study an undergraduate course at our Preston, Burnley or Westlakes campuses. However, please note the following courses are excluded from the scheme: MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MPAS (Hons) Physician Associate Studies, MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy, BDS Bachelor of Dental Studies, BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy, BSc (Hons) Clinical Dental Technology.

You don’t need to do anything. Simply include your care leaver status and postcode on your UCAS application and we will do the rest. If you are eligible for a lower offer we will do this automatically and email you to let you know.

Care experienced / care leaver – This refers to a young person aged 16-25 years old who has been in the care system at some point since they were 14 years old, and were in care on or after their 16th birthday. This is the standard government definition. Please ensure you declare your care leaver status on your UCAS application to enable us to provide your reduced entry tariff offer.

Postcode based indicators – we will provide a reduced offer to students who live in areas which fall into quintile 1 and 2 of the following indicators:

  • POLAR4 – proportion of students participating in higher education within the local area
  • Indices of Multiple Deprivation – an indicator which considers seven factors of relating to deprivation and education

This refers to someone who has been in the care system and is sometimes called a ‘care leaver’. For a full definition, please see the section above on the criteria we use.

Get in touch

If you have questions or simply want to know more, contact our friendly team through Chatify on the right hand side of the screen, by calling the Course Enquiries phoneline +44 (0)1772 892400 or by completing this enquiry form