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Who are our WP Students


We have made a commitment to support the social mobility of UK students from socio-economically and/or educationally disadvantaged groups as part of our Access and Participation Plan commitments. As such, the University aims to provide current students from widening participation (WP) backgrounds with additional consideration when applying for opportunities across a variety of areas. Those who meet multiple criteria are generally prioritised.

Would I be considered a WP student?

As a home student you may meet one or more of the contextual factors below. Please note that eligibility for different opportunities vary and are determined on an individual basis.

Warwick offers intensive, challenging and stimulating undergraduate degrees and our successful applicants will be those who can convince us that their qualifications, motivation and experience will suit them well for such degree courses.

You should be able to demonstrate how your previous study and experiences have given you a keen interest in the subject to which you have applied.

There isn't a right or a wrong way to write your application, but there are a number of things that you should consider to make your application stand out from the crowd. Knowing what the assessors look for is the key to catching their eye.

Selectors will take into account a number of different factors when assessing your application:

  • Your academic profile (qualifications and predicted A-level grades) and any other entry requirements
  • Your personal statement
  • Your academic reference

You can help to make your academic reference relevant by making sure that the person who will be writing your reference knows why you want to study the subject you have chosen to apply for.

You can also make your application stand out from the crowd by paying careful attention to what you put into and how you write your personal statement.

Our courses are very competitive, with often many more applicants predicted to meet the entry requirements than we are able to offer places to. Where this occurs, the personal statement is important to enable us to select potential students for the course. It is considered very carefully by our staff, and is especially important to us when we are making decisions about who to make offers to.

You should spend some time working on your personal statement before you apply. This is your chance to show why you want to study your chosen course at Warwick, and why you would be a good participant on the course.

How to write a great personal statement

Your application is assessed by academic Admissions Tutors in departments, and professional Admissions Tutors in the Undergraduate Admissions Team.

We make sure that decisions are made as fairly as possible, and we take as much information about you as we can into account, judging it against the course criteria:

  • Existing academic achievements and the context within which they have been achieved (including any exceptional circumstances)
  • Predicted grades
  • Your personal statement
  • Your academic reference
  • Finally, we also assess your application in competition with others

Remember that selectors want to hear about you and your interests and potential – there is no one-size-fits-all approach!

As a consequence of the high level of competition for our courses, and because we want to consider your full profile and your potential as an individual rather than simply looking at your actual or predicted grades, it may also take some time to communicate a decision to you.

You can check for updates to your application through UCAS Track.

You should be aware that decisions are made on a highly competitive basis and therefore we are often unable to make offers to all applicants who meet, or even exceed, the typical entry requirements.

WP Contextual Offer Checker


You might be interested in our frequently asked questions.

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