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Contextual offer

Hello,
I would like apply for psychology BSC. My predicted are ABC and the grade requirements are AAA I do AQA EPQ therefore I can’t put predicted A as AQA doesn’t allow. Also, my school has performed below nations average and I have a migrant history. Therefore, I would like ask if I would be eligible for contextual.
Thank you
eligibility criteria for contextual offers are:
- go to an underperforming school
- live in an area with low progression to university

immigration status is not relevant

you can google the other two to see where you/your school sit (check gov.uk)

an epq is not an A level and only universities formally recognise it in your offer
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Original post by Anonymous
Hello,
I would like apply for psychology BSC. My predicted are ABC and the grade requirements are AAA I do AQA EPQ therefore I can’t put predicted A as AQA doesn’t allow. Also, my school has performed below nations average and I have a migrant history. Therefore, I would like ask if I would be eligible for contextual.
Thank you

The criteria Queen Mary use for contextual offers are detailed here. I don't know what you mean by having a "migrant history", but being a refugee or asylum seeker scores you 2 points. For Psychology, scoring 2 points would be sufficient for a one grade reduction. You can also score points if you "Live in an area of disadvantage", "Live in an area of low participation in HE", "Attend a state school performing below the national average or is sponsored by Queen Mary" or are "Care experienced". That page has full details of how this works and how to establish whether you meet the criteria.

Note that to get two grade reduction you would need to be "Care Experienced or successful completion of the Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary programmes". Assuming that you haven't completed those programmes (else you would have mentioned that fact), the best you can hope for is a one grade reduction.

Even though you predicted grades will still be slightly below that contextually reduced offer, it is probably still worth applying as an "aspirational" application. Just make sure that you have other applications where the standard offer is at or below your predicted grades.
i did aqa epq and they allowed us to use predicted grades for our ucas admissions? we receive our actual grades for it in january.
Original post by DataVenia
The criteria Queen Mary use for contextual offers are detailed here. I don't know what you mean by having a "migrant history", but being a refugee or asylum seeker scores you 2 points. For Psychology, scoring 2 points would be sufficient for a one grade reduction. You can also score points if you "Live in an area of disadvantage", "Live in an area of low participation in HE", "Attend a state school performing below the national average or is sponsored by Queen Mary" or are "Care experienced". That page has full details of how this works and how to establish whether you meet the criteria.

Note that to get two grade reduction you would need to be "Care Experienced or successful completion of the Realising Opportunities or Access to Queen Mary programmes". Assuming that you haven't completed those programmes (else you would have mentioned that fact), the best you can hope for is a one grade reduction.

Even though you predicted grades will still be slightly below that contextually reduced offer, it is probably still worth applying as an "aspirational" application. Just make sure that you have other applications where the standard offer is at or below your predicted grades.


Thank you for your reply, I was a refugee before and just recently got my British nationality. I am not sure if this will still be considered and yes I haven’t done the qml programme but I attended a low performance school. I am applying to Kings neuroscience and psychology which I am eligible for the contextual offer AAC for my history that I have confirmed with Kings on email. Which comes down to if I should make queen Mary as my aspirational.
Original post by Anonymous
i did aqa epq and they allowed us to use predicted grades for our ucas admissions? we receive our actual grades for it in january.


I am not sure why they are not allowing us. I even showed them queen Mary epq further detail website. We haven’t yet submitted our EPQ and would be doing a presentation in feb march April.
Original post by Anonymous
I am not sure why they are not allowing us. I even showed them queen Mary epq further detail website. We haven’t yet submitted our EPQ and would be doing a presentation in feb march April.

ah see we did our presentations in october and all is submitted now so maybe that's why. still, it's unfair to you guys especially if you're wanting that epq grade to bring your offer down. that's the only reason i did one lol
Original post by Anonymous
ah see we did our presentations in october and all is submitted now so maybe that's why. still, it's unfair to you guys especially if you're wanting that epq grade to bring your offer down. that's the only reason i did one lol


Yep it’s soo sad cause I am doing it for the reason to put my grades down. Do you think I should apply to queen Mary with ABC as my predicted and they want AAA are they lenient. Also my school comes below national average
Original post by Anonymous
Yep it’s soo sad cause I am doing it for the reason to put my grades down. Do you think I should apply to queen Mary with ABC as my predicted and they want AAA are they lenient. Also my school comes below national average


if it's your favourite uni, i would say try it because you'll always wonder what would've happened but don't get your hopes up. if it's like ur third choice and below i would say don't do it and go for safer options. i'm also applying for psychology and i know how competitive it is, especially with a london university so you should also consider that as they may prioritise other students who are even above the entry requirements :smile:
Original post by Anonymous
Yep it’s soo sad cause I am doing it for the reason to put my grades down. Do you think I should apply to queen Mary with ABC as my predicted and they want AAA are they lenient. Also my school comes below national average

also i think they raised the entry requirements because i was considering applying for queen marys in september and i'm pretty sure the grades were only aab sadly
Original post by Anonymous
if it's your favourite uni, i would say try it because you'll always wonder what would've happened but don't get your hopes up. if it's like ur third choice and below i would say don't do it and go for safer options. i'm also applying for psychology and i know how competitive it is, especially with a london university so you should also consider that as they may prioritise other students who are even above the entry requirements :smile:

Oh really that’s amazing, what are your predicted? In my recent test I got A* for psychology and the teacher said I get A* she will change my grade and she didn’t cause she said there is risk. I went to her like 10x it was sooo upsetting. Idk where to apply because I can only apply in London uni and I m not allowed to move outside. My C for bio is stopping my to go to unis I want. I went to bio teacher they said no.
Original post by Anonymous
also i think they raised the entry requirements because i was considering applying for queen marys in september and i'm pretty sure the grades were only aab sadly

Yes I rmeber it was AAB why they did they do that 🥺what uni’s r u thinking to apply to?
Original post by Anonymous
Oh really that’s amazing, what are your predicted? In my recent test I got A* for psychology and the teacher said I get A* she will change my grade and she didn’t cause she said there is risk. I went to her like 10x it was sooo upsetting. Idk where to apply because I can only apply in London uni and I m not allowed to move outside. My C for bio is stopping my to go to unis I want. I went to bio teacher they said no.

im predicted a*aa and a in epq, i do psychology, chemistry & biology! that's so annoying that your teacher won't change it, they need to be more understanding :frown: do you perhaps have a head of year you could talk to about it? i know at my school the teacher moved someones grade up so they could have more of a variety in unis!

i applied in october to bath, warwick, liverpool, leeds & exeter btw i excluded queen marys just because i would've had to live at home and i didn't want to :smile:
Original post by Anonymous
im predicted a*aa and a in epq, i do psychology, chemistry & biology! that's so annoying that your teacher won't change it, they need to be more understanding :frown: do you perhaps have a head of year you could talk to about it? i know at my school the teacher moved someones grade up so they could have more of a variety in unis!

i applied in october to bath, warwick, liverpool, leeds & exeter btw i excluded queen marys just because i would've had to live at home and i didn't want to :smile:


Oh that’s sooo good, I have begged my teachers and they won’t and keep on saying there is adjustment and clearing wht they don’t understand is 1000s of people do that on the same day and many call. There is a big waiting in calls. Good luck for your application 👍🏻
Original post by Anonymous
Oh that’s sooo good, I have begged my teachers and they won’t and keep on saying there is adjustment and clearing wht they don’t understand is 1000s of people do that on the same day and many call. There is a big waiting in calls. Good luck for your application 👍🏻

yes and you shouldn't have to rely on clearing, especially if you have evidence that supports you getting higher grades than your predicted.

best of luck to you as well, hope to be a fellow psychologist alongside you in years to come!

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