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Throughout the programme you are supported by The University of Warwick and a dedicated ementor who is a current student here.
Successful completion of the RO Programme gives you the opportunity to have your achievements recognised through UCAS, resulting in additional consideration and the potential for alternative offers from the RO universities.


As a member of the RO programme you will get:

Additional Consideration
  • All RO universities will give additional consideration to your UCAS application
Alternative Offer
  • All RO universities will give you an alternative offer worth up to 2 A level grades lower.

  • Please refer to the Recognition Guide for more information about this.

Skills Development
  • You will develop a range of skills to help you with your current studies and for your future studies at university
  • You will undertake an independent piece of research as part of the Programme which will develop your skills in researching, planning, critical thinking, analysis and referencing
Advice for your future
  • You will gain an understanding of research intensive universities and have increased access to the RO universities including the opportunity to attend events and activities such as master classes and residential visits
  • You will receive support from a dedicated ementor who is a current student at one of the RO universities as well as access to a wide range of resources and activities on the ementoring site
Access to careers information
  • You will have access to professionals who will offer you career advice and information

For more information please visit the RO pages.

Eligibility Criteria

You must be in Year 12 at an eligible school or college which is participating in RO. You should check with your Head of Year/ Sixth Form or college tutor to find out if your school/college is participating in RO.

You must meet all of the following criteria:

• Have achieved at least 8 A* to C grades at GCSE (or equivalent, eg GNVQ, BTEC Certificate) including English Language and Mathematics
• Of these 8 GCSEs or equivalent, at least 5 must be at grade A*, A or B
• Be a Home/EU registered student

You must meet at least two of the following

• Live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education or an area which has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation. This is defined by home postcode
• Come from a home where neither parent attended university in the UK or abroad
• Be in receipt of or entitled to discretionary payments/16-19 bursary/Pupil Premium at school/college
• Be in receipt of or entitled to free school meals

Or alternatively meet the following:

  • Be living in, or have lived in, local authority care

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