if one of my parents didn’t go to uni and the other parent got a diploma, would that make me eligible for a contextual offer off of certain unis. or is a diploma classed as going to uni?
Technically they have still attended university.
No, you're not eligible. I believe it specifically says "both parents haven't gone to uni" meaning NONE of your parents have gone, not one has one hasn't. You can lie if you want to but if you get caught then your entire application is screwed so I wouldn't risk it
What university is this? Every university I've come across for contextual offers base it on postcode data and data about the school you are attending (plus other eligibility like free school meals or being in care), not on the basis of parental education levels.
for example i’m looking at newcastle uni. it says if neither of your parents have any of the following higher education qualifications you might be eligible : eg MA, Msc, PhD, PGCE, BA, Bsc
yeah no i get that, i was just wondering because when i asked my mum i got the impression she didn’t go to uni but got training instead however part of that training required her to do one module at a university, so i guess it would count.
I see. Assuming this is for the PARTNERS programme, then on the basis of having a diploma, then they don't count. But the criteria also states it's not just that, it is current occupation too which you'd have to clarify with the organising team. People in your parent's generation wouldn't necessarily have required a university degree to get into certain higher-level/professional occupations.