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Year 10 In School Pathway (South West only)

Students in year 10 at selected schools, based in the south west of England (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol, and Dorset)

Applications for this pathway will open in December 2022 and will close at midnight on Sunday 29th January 2023.

Only students at selected schools (i.e. schools who applied to be part of the pathway) are able to apply for this pathway. 

Programme Eligibility:

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

  • You are predicted a minimum of 8 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including Maths and English at grade 4 (C) or above
  • You are studying at a non-fee-paying school (state school)*
  • You live in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Bristol, or Dorset


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 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.

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Exeter Scholars Year 10 In School Pathway (South West) – Application Form

IMPORTANT: You should receive an immediate automated email confirmation to the email address provided if your form is submitted successfully. If you do not receive an immediate automated email confirmation, then please either resubmit the form or get in touch with us to check whether your application has been submitted successfully. 

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