Contextual admissions policy

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Contextual offers

Summer school, Pathways and Realising Opportunities programme offers for 2022 entry

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Contextual offers

We make contextual offers to students whose personal circumstances may have restricted achievement at school or college. These offers are usually one grade lower than the entry requirements on our course pages.

If our standard offer includes a specific subject grade, this will generally remain. For example, if the standard offer is AAB with an A in maths, the contextual offer would be ABB with an A in maths.

Apply for an undergraduate course at the university through UCAS. If your UCAS application shows that you meet the criteria, we will automatically consider you for a contextual offer. 

Check if you're eligible

To qualify for a contextual offer, you must have Home/UK fee status and your most recent or current school is a state school.

One of the following must also apply:

 

Postcode checker 

Type in your home postcode – for example, NG7 2NR. 

Postcode eligibility is defined by national measures of participation in higher education, which are subject to change. The data within this postcode checker was last updated in September 2021.

The university will only take into account postcodes that are identified as eligible at the time of making an offer to study one of our courses.


 Interviews and tests

Some courses include an interview or test as part of the entry requirements. You will need to pass this before we can make you a contextual offer.

Our admissions staff know that applicants have different access to opportunities and support. They will consider this when assessing your application, qualifications, tests and interviews.


Specific courses

Medicine

We make contextual offers for our five-year medicine courses – A100 and A10L. This offer will be conditional on you making Nottingham your firm choice.

If you won’t meet the entry requirements for the five-year courses, you can apply for our six-year foundation options – A108 and A18L. These courses are only open to applicants who meet the contextual admissions criteria detailed above. Your offer will be made using our standard entry requirements (BBC).

Physiotherapy

You will need to make Nottingham your firm choice to qualify for a contextual offer.

Veterinary medicine

We are unable to make offers below our standard entry requirements. Your contextual offer will be more flexible on the specific subject grades.

 

Summer school, Pathways and Realising Opportunities programme offers for 2022 entry

We make enhanced contextual offers to students who successfully complete our University of Nottingham summer school or pathways programmes, or the national Realising Opportunities progamme.

These offers are usually two A level grades lower than the entry requirements on our course pages

Apply for an undergraduate course at the university through UCAS. If your UCAS application shows that you meet the criteria, we will automatically consider you for a contextual offer. 

Check if you're eligible

As well meeting the criteria for a contextual offer, to qualify for an enhanced contextual offer you must have successfully completed one of the following: 

  • the Realising Opportunities Programme at any university
  • a University of Nottingham Widening Participation Summer School (either via the Sutton Trust or advertised as Nottingham Potential)
  • the Sutton Trust Pathways to Law at the University of Nottingham
  • the Sutton Trust Pathways to Medicine at the University of Nottingham
  • the Sutton Trust Pathways to STEM at the University of Nottingham
  • Ambition Post 16 at the University of Nottingham as a Tier 1 member

Exceptions for specific courses 

For undergraduate courses with entry requirements of BBB, the lowest enhanced contextual offer we would make is BBC. 

For 2022 entry, enhanced contextual offers will not be made for Veterinary Medicine or foundation courses.

Medicine  

Instead of an enhanced contextual offer, Medicine applicants starting in September 2022 who meet the following criteria will be considered for the interview stage without having to go through the UCAT/GCSE scoring stage of our selection process:

  • meet the entry requirements for any of our undergraduate Medicine courses (A100, A10L, A108 and A18L)
  • have completed the Nottingham Pathways Programme, the Nottingham Potential Summer School or the Nottingham Sutton Trust Summer School

Applicants will still need to sit the UCAT and achieve Band 1 to 3 on the Situational Judgement Test.

 

Apply for a course

Apply for an undergraduate course through UCAS. If your UCAS application shows that you meet the above criteria, we will automatically consider you for a contextual offer.

Apply for an undergraduate course

 

 

 

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