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Year 12 South West

South West

Students based in the south west of England (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol, and Dorset)

Applications for this pathway are now closed. 

Before submitting your application, please check your eligibility below, and make sure you have looked at the list of the subject activity strands available and the dates of the subject activity sessions

As part of your application, you will need to choose a first and second choice of subject strand, and you may be allocated to either one – so please ensure that you are making an informed decision about both subject content and the time commitment involved. We aim to place participants on their first choice of subject activity strand, but due to demand and availability we are not always able to do so. In this case, we will place participants on their second choice of subject activity strand, and as such we ask that you try to choose a subject for your second choice that you would be just as happy to study as part of the Exeter Scholars programme. 

Programme Eligibility:

In order to apply, you must meet the following general eligibility criteria:

  • You live in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol, or Dorset
  • You are studying at a non-fee-paying school (state school)*
  • You are in year 12 and under 18 at both the point of applying and throughout the year 12 academic year
  • You have achieved a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), to include GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 (C) and above
  • You are a Home/EU registered student, or you expect to be so by the time you apply for higher education. (If you are not a Home student for tuition fee purposes but meet the eligibility criteria for our Sanctuary Scholarship (for refugees / asylum seekers / people with limited leave to remain), then we would welcome an application from you


You must meet at least one of the following ten programme eligibility criteria:

  1. You live in a neighbourhood where a low percentage of young people progress to higher education as defined by your home postcode**
  2. You live in a low-income neighbourhood as defined by home postcode**
  3. You are in receipt of free school meals***
  4. You are eligible for school bursaries***
  5. Your parents have not studied at university
  6. You are or have been living in care****
  7. You have caring responsibilities*****
  8. You have a disability
  9. You are an estranged student******
  10. You are a refugee or asylum seeker*******

NB: If you do not fulfil one of these ten eligibility criteria but you have experienced difficult family or individual circumstances that have affected your performance in exams and possibly the likelihood of you going to university then we invite you to still apply and each case will be considered on an individual basis.

* If you are studying at a fee-paying school on a full scholarship or bursary, you are able to apply on this basis. Please note that we may ask for evidence of your full scholarship or bursary.  
** If you are not sure then you can use our postcode eligibility checker to find out if your postcode qualifies. This will also be checked by the University of Exeter once you have submitted your application

*** These statements will be verified with your school or college
**** Anyone who has been or is currently in care or from a looked-after background at any stage of their life, no matter how short. This care may have been provided in one of many different settings, such as in residential care, foster care, kinship care, or looked after at home with a supervision requirement

***** Anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem, or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.
****** We define an estranged student as someone who does not have the support and approval of their family, and who often has no contact with their family at all. 
******* Defined as a student who has submitted a claim for asylum within the UK and is awaiting a response, who has Limited Leave to Remain in the UK, who has been awarded Humanitarian Protection or Refugee status in the UK, or who is the dependent family member of someone with one of these immigration statuses.