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I'm confused about contextual offers- on university websites it says it looks at each applicant individually and am unsure about how liberally they hand out contextual offers. I've heard that if neither of your parents went to university you're eligible? Also on the websites they list financial specifications and usually state that being in care makes you eligible. I was wondering if illness or being a young career also makes you eligible?
I've tried admissions offices but responses are fairly slow and the deadline is soon approaching!
Any help is much appreciated, thank you
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It depends on what the uni thinks is eligible. Yes all of the ones you mention will typically let you be eligible while some you need a multiple of that so it just depends. For example, for uni of Manchester, if you live in an social finically deprived place, you will have a WP (Wider Participation) flag, which is taken account in application. However you need 2 or more from their list to be eligible for WP Flag, which you need to be eligible for to get their contextual offer. You can also do progression schemes where you’ll be eligible for a lower offer. The unis you want to go to should have it on the websites.
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(Original post by qwerty123567)
I'm confused about contextual offers- on university websites it says it looks at each applicant individually and am unsure about how liberally they hand out contextual offers. I've heard that if neither of your parents went to university you're eligible? Also on the websites they list financial specifications and usually state that being in care makes you eligible. I was wondering if illness or being a young career also makes you eligible?
I've tried admissions offices but responses are fairly slow and the deadline is soon approaching
Any help is much appreciated, thank you
Universities have different conditions to be eligible for contextual offers. All universities as far as I know make contextual offers for care leavers. Bristol and Exeter make contextual offers if your school has A level results in the bottom 40% and I believe Southampton are also now following this. Other universities eg Manchester and Leeds make offers on post codes and make require a second condition such as being the first member of the family to go to university. The only way to get an answer is to ring the universities concerned tomorrow. Do not wait for emails as these may cause delays. As far as I am aware universities dont make contextual offers on caring for others but they might well take it into account for extenuating circumstances.
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(Original post by qwerty123567)
I'm confused about contextual offers- on university websites it says it looks at each applicant individually and am unsure about how liberally they hand out contextual offers. I've heard that if neither of your parents went to university you're eligible? Also on the websites they list financial specifications and usually state that being in care makes you eligible. I was wondering if illness or being a young career also makes you eligible?
I've tried admissions offices but responses are fairly slow and the deadline is soon approaching!
Any help is much appreciated, thank you
Illness is something your referee should normally mention if it is significant enough - same with someone being a young carer. Then the unis can take it into consideration, although they will have different criteria for contextual offers as stated above
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I’ve had contextual offers from Bristol and Southampton based purely on my school being in the bottom 40%. My offer from Exeter was not contextual because they do not offer purely on the school but also need a second criteria (eg postcode having a low uni progression rate). I don’t think being a carer is taken in to account though perhaps could form part of your PS?
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I’ve had contextual offers from Bristol and Southampton based purely on my school being in the bottom 40%. My offer from Exeter was not contextual because they do not offer purely on the school but also need a second criteria (eg postcode having a low uni progression rate). I don’t think being a carer is taken in to account though perhaps could form part of your PS?
Have you checked this with Exeter as the schooling on its own has always been their criteria unless it has changed this year. Sir Steve Smith Exeter Vice Chancellor was the architect of this policy a few years ago and stated this in a debate.
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No I haven't and it did cross my mind that perhaps I should. However, I really don't want to go there so have decided not to bother. I don't think I'd ever want to go there even on a reduced offer. Looking at their website the criteria isn't very easy to read!

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/about/vision/wp/#a1
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No I haven't and it did cross my mind that perhaps I should. However, I really don't want to go there so have decided not to bother. I don't think I'd ever want to go there even on a reduced offer. Looking at their website the criteria isn't very easy to read!

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/about/vision/wp/#a1
Exeter have been making contextual offers based on schooling since 2012 at least. Originally when it was brought in it was Bristol, Exeter and according to the video I saw Sir Steve Smith claimed Oxford as well. Since then Southampton have started making them. Manchester and Leeds made different contextual offers which weren't based on schooling but based on things like post codes and family history. Places like Durham and UCL have introduced them. In the last couple of years Bristol and Exeter have brought in more criteria such as post codes in order to increase the number of state students going there but my understanding is that it is in addition to schooling. The whole idea of contextual offers is to increase the percentage of disadvantaged students going to these universities which have had upwards of 30% of private school pupils attending their universities. The government has been unhappy with this and contextual offers have been brought as a result. It would be very odd if Exeter was bringing in a policy which would reduced the number of state students.
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I might email them although have no other criteria eg postcode. I am in the first generation to go to uni but not the first child of the family to go.
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