A 'contextual offer' is an alternative route to undergraduate study for talented students. Our contextual offer scheme recognises the potential of students whose personal cirumstances may have restricted achievement at school or college.
If you're applying to start your degree in September 2018, you may be eligible to receive a contextual offer. This means you would receive two offers - our typical offer and an alternative offer. Your contextual offer is normally one grade lower than the typical offer shown on our course pages or in our prospectus, but can differ depending on the subject you would like to study.
Am I eligible for the contextual offer?
You may be eligible for the contextual offer if you meet the following criteria:
- You’ve spent time in local authority care (and you let us know this on your UCAS form)
- You live and study in England, and your postcode is classed as quintile 1 in the higher education participation index (enter your postcode, then look for the figure in the 'POLAR 3 young participation quintile' box - if this is '1' then you may be eligible) AND your school scores below 48.5 in 'average attainment 8', and below 31.79 in 'average points per A-level entry'.
You can check your school using this tool (add your school using the link below the table, then for attainment 8 score look at the ‘Secondary performance’ tab, and for average point score for A-levels look at the ‘16 to 18 performance’ tab). Note that your postcode AND school/college both need to be eligible in order for you to receive the contextual offer.
How to apply
If you’re eligible, you just need to submit your UCAS application in the normal way and we will take your circumstances into account when considering your application.
If you live within the West Midlands region and you're the first in your family to go to university, you might want to consider applying through our Access to Birmingham (A2B) scheme. The scheme offers a full package of support in Year 13, the chance of an A2B scholarship worth £1,500 per year of study and an entry bursary worth £1,000, and an alternative offer.