Contextual offers for 2021/22 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 for UK undergraduate students (typically one or two grades below the standard entry requirements).
You could be eligible if you’ve spent time in local authority care (such as foster or residential care), or you live in an area in the UK that has low levels of progression to higher education.
If you've taken part in a widening participation programme delivered by the Access and Outreach team at York, you could be eligible for a reduced offer of up to three grades below our typical entry requirements.
How do I apply?
You apply to York in the normal way via UCAS (ucas.com). We'll take your circumstances into account when we assess your application.
- Your home postcode will be automatically assessed.
- If you've had experience of local authority care, make sure to check the box on your UCAS form. This will allow us to contact you to get further information.
- If you've taken part in a widening participation programme, tell us which programme you attended in your UCAS application.
- Students attending independent schools at point of application will not qualify for a contextual offer.
If we make you an offer, the conditions (including what grades you need) will be available via UCAS Track (ucas.com).
- Find out more about what happens after you apply
Applying for medicine?
If you're applying to Hull York Medicine School they have different eligibility criteria for contextual offers.
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.
Support for care leavers
We offer a comprehensive package of support for care leavers including:
A Care Leavers and Estranged Students Bursary is available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Financial support to cover the cost of on campus accommodation and flexible accommodation contracts.
If you've got any questions you can contact our dedicated Student Support and Advice Coordinator Fran Hornsby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other reduced offer schemes
Widening participation programmes
We run a range of programmes that could help you realise your aspirations and decide on your next steps after college or sixth form.
Next Step York, YorWay and the York Experience Summer School provide an opportunity to experience university life and learning. Our programmes will prepare you for university, give you a head start on other students and a chance to make university friends before you arrive.
If you complete one of our programmes, you would be eligible for an alternative offer (up to three grades below the standard offer), additional financial support and access to a whole range of extra opportunities once studying at York.
York Access Scheme
We want to extend the Contextual Offer policy to those of you who meet a range of criteria that we are unable to assess from your UCAS application form. You could be eligible for the York Access Scheme if you were eligible for free school meals, have a disability, attended a school that performs below the national average or are from a Black, Asian, Gypsy or Traveller background.
- Find out more about the York Access Scheme
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.
Free online courses
If you've taken part in one of these free online courses you could also be eligible for a reduced offer: