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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.

Eligibility

Applicants who meet one of the following eligibility criteria and are made an offer, will qualify for an adjusted offer to that we publish as our typical offer.

  • All applicants who live in an area with low participation rates in higher education (POLAR 4 Quintile 1 or 2) and from a state school.  You can check eligibility using the postcode checker available on the Office for Students webpages. Applicants in this category who receive an offer will receive a two grade adjustment.
  • All applicants who live in areas of deprivation (IMD Quintile 1 or 2) and from a state school. You can check eligibility using the postcode checker. The postcode check with provide you with an IMD decile score, IMD Decile 1&2 = IMD Quintile 1, IMD Decile 3&4 = IMD Quintile 2, IMD Decile 5 or above = IMD Quintile 3 or above. Applicants in this category who receive an offer will receive a two grade adjustment.
  • 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 Quintile 1 or 2). View a list of eligible schools and colleges‌. Applicants in this category who receive an offer will receive a two grade adjustment.
  • Applicants we define as a Care Leaver, anyone 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. Applicants in this category who receive an offer will receive a three grade adjustment.
  • Applicants we define as Care Experienced, anyone who has been or is currently in care or from a looked-after background at any stage of their life. Applicants in this category who receive an offer will receive a three grade adjustment.
  • Applicants engaged on specific progression programmes run or managed by the University of Exeter.  You can check details of these on the Exeter Scholar webpages. Applicants in this category who receive an offer will receive a three grade adjustment.
  • Applicants seeking asylum, have limited leave to remain, are under ‘humanitarian protection’ or have refugee status. Applicants in this category who receive an offer will receive a three grade adjustment.

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