Kat Grover, Admissions Tutor
EPS Futures Foundation Year is an exciting and unique course with very specific entry requirements. I strongly suggest you get in touch with me before applying to ensure your qualifications and personal situation are suited to this course. You can send me a message by clicking the button below or use the email address found at the bottom of this page. I look forward to speaking to you.
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To be eligible for consideration for this course you must meet the following criteria:
- Have experience of public care1, or
- Currently live in a low progression to higher education area2 and meet two of the following,
- Attend a school or college that performs below the national average at Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 53,
- You are the first generation of your immediate family to attend higher education4,
- Your household income is below the national average (below £42,875)5,
- You have a disability and are in receipt of a personal independence payment6,
- You are estranged from both of your parents or guardians7.
 Experience of public care is defined as currently being looked after by a local authority, foster parents/other family members, at home with their parents under the supervision of social services, in a residential children’s home or in another residential setting such as school or secure unit, or someone who has experienced a period of three months in the care of the local authority within the last ten years.
 Measured by POLAR4 young participation quintile 1. To check your postcode, visit the Office for Students’ postcode look-up. Your postcode should be assessed as “Quintile 1” next to the “POLAR4” measure.
 Determined by the performance of your school/college at Key Stage 4 or 5, based on the data on the Department for Education’s school performance database. To check your school, use this tool and search for your school. To view your school’s performance at Key Stage 4, click the ‘Secondary’ tab and view the ‘Attainment 8 Score’ for school and how this compares to the national average. To view your school’s performance at Key Stage 5, click the ’16-18’ tab to see the average point scores for A-levels and other qualifications and how this compares to the national average. If your school appears under these measure to be below the national average you will be deemed to have met this criteria.
 You are considered to be in the first generation of your immediate family to attend higher education if neither of your parents/guardians have obtained a degree from a university in the UK or abroad before your secondary or further education began. If either of your parents began a degree qualification but withdrew before completion, this is not considered as having obtained a degree. Whether an applicant’s siblings or cousins went to or currently attend university is not taken into consideration.
 An annual household income should be judged before tax. Information on what is classified as income can be found on the Student Finance England website. We may give additional consideration to applicants with very low household incomes, for example those in receipt of free school meals, 16-19 Bursary Fund or Discretionary Learner Support relating to financial hardship.
 Students should be in receipt of a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at the 'enhanced' rate in either the 'daily living' or 'mobility' components, OR the 'standard' rate in both components.
 Defined as a young person who has no communicative relationship with either of their biological parents/legal guardians and who does not expect this situation to be reconciled. This must be verified by a teacher or adviser.
GCSE requirement for all students
A Level Typical Offer
CCC in any subjects excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.
Please note this course is designed for those with grades that would not be considered for first year entry, as such those predicted an A in A Level Maths will not be considered and should instead apply for a standard undergraduate course.
32 overall with 555 at Higher Level, Mathematics not considered.
BTEC Typical Offer
MMM in Engineering, Computing or Applied Science. If taking multiple BTEC subjects at least 2 of the grades must be in one of these subjects.
Access to Higher Education Course
Please note this course is only open to UK students. Overseas students may apply to one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.