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contextual admissions

A university community should be diverse and represent the full makeup of our society. Universities recognise the value in diversity, so are working hard to ensure they have students from all walks of life on campus.

Universities know that grades can be influenced by a range of factors, so to make the processes fairer, some universities offer something called contextual admissions. This is where the university considers any barriers you may face, and will either reduce their grade requirements or give extra consideration when deciding whether to give you an offer.

These considerations may include:

  • the school you attend
  • where you live
  • if money is tight at home
  • if your parents went to university themselves
  • if you have been in care
  • if you have cared for a family member


This is not a full list, and the criteria will differ between universities, so it’s important to check.

We have listed local contextual admission programmes within West Yorkshire.

University of Bradford
University of Huddersfield
University of Leeds
Leeds Arts University
Leeds Beckett University
Leeds Trinity University
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