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Check Your Eligibility

Check your eligibility with the postcode checker

Year 12 Nationwide

Students based outside of the South West

Applications for this pathway are now open, and close at 9am on Tuesday 22nd June.  

Please read the programme eligibility below. You can find information about the available subject streams here and complete the application form here.    

Programme Eligibility:

If what you've seen so far sounds like it's for you, and provided that you are studying at a state school and that you fulfil the following criteria, then we want you to apply:

  • You do not live in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol, or Dorset (OR you are a participant in the Realising Opportunities programme)
  • You have achieved a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grades A*–C or 9–4 to include GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 or Grade C and above
  • You are a Home/EU registered student, or you expect to be so by the time you apply for higher education


You meet one of the following 9 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*****

NOTE: If you do not fulfil one of the 9 points above 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 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.