Contextual offers for 2020 entry

Contextual offers aim to provide a fair chance of getting into York. They allow us to look at more than exam results in the application process.

What is a contextual offer?

Contextual offers are a reduced offer of one or two grades below our typical entry requirements for UK undergraduate students. You could be eligible if any of the following applies to you:

  • you’ve spent time in local authority care (such as foster or residential care)
  • you've taken part in a York outreach programme
  • you live in a UK area with low progression to university.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1904 324000

How do I apply?

You apply to York in the normal way via UCAS ( We'll take your circumstances into account when we assess your application.

If we make you an offer, the conditions (including what grades you need) will be available via UCAS Track (

Find out more about what happens after you apply including how to track your application and information about the selection process.

Applying for medicine?

See the eligibility criteria for contextual offers for medicine courses at Hull York Medicine School.

Why have contextual offers?

Not everyone has had an equal opportunity to demonstrate their ability at school or college. Barriers can include the type of school you attended, where you live and other social and economic factors. Contextual offers promote fairness - they allow us to look at more than just exam results to assess potential and recognise achievements in context.

We know that talented students can achieve their potential whatever their background or family circumstances. We strive for a diverse student community which reflects our society - as we believe this will benefit everyone.

Information for care leavers

  • Your application: when you apply via UCAS there is an option to let us know that you’re a care leaver. If you answer yes to this question, we'll get in touch with you to find out whether you need any additional support.
  • Funding: a Care Leavers and Estranged Students Bursary is available to help with tuition fees and living costs
  • Accommodation: we also offer flexible accommodation contracts.

If you've got any questions you can contact our dedicated contact Joanna Paluch-Edwards at

Travel bursaries

If your application is eligible to be considered under the University's Contextual Offer policy, you could be eligible for a travel bursary. Your travel costs to and from post offer visit days and interviews could be paid back to you once you've made a claim.

Read more about travel bursaries

What else is on offer?

York Access Scheme

Have you faced social, personal or educational challenges which have affected your performance in education? You could be eligible for our York Access Scheme which means you can provide additional information about your circumstances. These will be considered alongside your UCAS application and you could receive a reduced offer.

Preparing for university programmes

If you've taken part in any of these activities you could also be eligible for a reduced offer:

You should indicate which programme you took part in on your UCAS application.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

For some courses we can make a reduced offer where the EPQ is taken alongside three A levels or equivalent. See course-specific entry requirements for more information.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the application process our Admissions team will be happy to help.

Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1904 324000