Flexible admissions policy

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Contextual offers

We recognise the potential of talented students from all backgrounds.

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.

Check if you're eligible

To qualify for a contextual offer, you must have Home/UK fee status and have attended a state school.

One of the following must also apply:

  • You live in an area where people are less likely to go to university – check your postcode below
  • You have taken part in a summer school with Sutton Trust, UNIQ, Realising Opportunities or Nottingham Potential
  • You have refugee status from the Home Office
  • You have spent more than three months in care – in this situation, you do not need to have attended a state school

Postcode checker 

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

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


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).


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.

How to apply

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

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