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Contextual offers

What is a contextual offer?

Fair access to higher education is hugely important to us at the University of Exeter. It enables social mobility and helps to improve opportunities and life-chances for individuals and their communities. As a result, we aim for our application and recruitment processes to be as accessible as possible. This reflects the commitments the University has made in its Access and Participation Plan.

When we review an application, we take into consideration the context in which applicants have achieved their academic qualifications. If candidates meet certain eligibility criteria, we may make an offer which is lower than our typical entry requirements. This is called a contextual offer.

Details of our typical and contextual offer entry requirements can be found on our course pages but they break down into 3 categories:

  1. BMBS (Medicine): contextual offer would be
    • A-Level: ABB
    • IB: 32
    • BTEC: DDM
  2. Grade range ABB or above: contextual offer would be
    • A-Level: BBB
    • IB: 30
    • BTEC: DDM
  3. Grade range BBB: contextual offer would be
    • A-Level: BBC
    • IB: 28
    • BTEC: DMM

Applicants only need to meet one of the following eligibility criteria.

  • All applicants from state schools who live in an area with low participation rates in higher education (POLAR 4 LPN Q1/2). Pupils can check eligibility using the postcode checker available on the Office for Students webpages.
  • All applicants from state schools and further education colleges with more than 60% or at least 450 pupils who live in areas of deprivation (IMD Q1/Q2). View a list of View a list of eligible schools and Colleges‌.
  • Applicants we define as either a Care Leaver, a young person who has been looked after by the local authority for more than 13 weeks since they were 14, including some time at age 16 or 17, or Care Experienced any student who has been or is currently in care or from a looked after background at any stage of their life.
  • Applicants engaged on specific progression programmes run or managed by the University of Exeter
  • Applicants seeking asylum, have limited leave to remain, are under ‘humanitarian protection’ or have refugee status

If you have any further queries with regards to contextual offers, please contact the Admissions team.