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Warwick Scholars

About the programme

At Warwick, we believe that access to a world-leading university should be open to people from all backgrounds. We are committed to supporting you, our local students, to reach your academic potential and join us at a university that offers a strong academic challenge through teaching and research excellence. A place that encourages you to search out what inspires and excites you.

Warwick Scholars is designed to help you to gain a place at Warwick by maximising your academic potential, developing skills that will help you to succeed here and providing insight and experience of what it will be like to study here.

Support doesn't stop once you enrol at Warwick - you will continue to be a Warwick Scholar throughout your studies and even after you graduate, giving you enhanced access to a wide range of additional opportunities.

Key dates and processes

    Applications for the 2020/21 programme will open in May 2020 for current year 12 students who will be intending on applying to the University of Warwick for entry in September 2021.

        How to complete the application
            The form will be completed and submitted online. It is not possible to start an application and come back to it at a later time, so it is important that you have everything you need to hand when completing the form. You will need to provide the following:

            • All of your GCSE results
            • All of your predicted A level (or equivalent) grades
            • A supporting statement of 2000 characters (approx. 250 words) which should explain why you should be given a place on the programme - we suggest that you draft this in a different application such as Microsoft Word and copy and paste it into the application form
            • The contact details of a teacher referee who will validate the information you give us on your form and write a short reference to support your application
            • Information about your parents/carers' education (i.e. their highest level of education)
            Warwick Scholars is for students who meet the following criteria:
              Essential Criteria
                Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
                • Attend a state school or college in the region (within 30 miles of the University of Warwick)
                • Have Home UK fee status or will have it by the time they enter university
                • Have achieved at least 5 grades 9-6 (A*-B) at GCSE (or equivalent); if this does not include English Language and Mathematics, they must have achieved at least a grade 4 (C) in these subjects
                •Meet all of the qualification and subject requirements of the course they are applying for, as outlined on the University's website
                  Additional Criteria

                    Applicants must meet at least two of the following criteria (unless they have experience of local authority care, as outlined below), and priority will be given to those meeting multiple criteria
                    • In receipt of, or has within the last six years been eligible for, free school meals
                    • Will be the first generation of their family to attend university (not including siblings)
                    • Completed Key Stage 4 Studies at and/or currently attend one of our priority schools*
                    • Live in a priority neighbourhood**
                    • Has experienced significant extenuating circumstances that have had (or are having) a detrimental effect on academic attainment e.g. is a young carer, has suffered from long term illness requiring time out of education, has a disability or specific learning difficulty
                      If either of the following statements apply to you, your application will be prioritised:
                      •Have spent a minimum of three months in local authority care
                      •Are currently resident in a foyer or other supported accommodation

                      We may ask for additional evidence to support your application and verify the information you have given.

                      * Priority schools are schools with below the national average Key Stage 4 performance or a school/college where performance at Key Stage 5 falls within the bottom 40% nationally

                      ** Priority neighbourhoods are neighbourhoods where the proportion of students going into higher education is low (POLAR 3, quintile 1) or an area which has a high level of deprivation (IMD 0-20%)

                      You can check your school and neighbourhood eligibility here
                      The programme is designed to work alongside your post-16 studies. This will include 1:1 tutoring for one of your A Level subjects, a current Warwick student mentor to guide you through the programme, A Level revision support and visits to campus and the department you will be applying to. There will also be a residential launch event in August of year 12 where you will stay in student accommodation and get your first insight into student life at Warwick. .
                        •Year 12 – During year 12, the focus will be on making the right decisions about Higher Education, information, advice and guidance on UCAS applications, gaining an insight into study at Warwick and developing study skills which will be useful for A Level study and beyond.
                          •Year 13 – During year 13, the focus will be on supporting A Level attainment - this will include 1:1 online tutoring for one A Level subject, ongoing work with the academic department being applied to, a revision bootcamp during the Easter holidays and mentoring from a current Warwick student.
                          We are committed to you and your success, and we recognise the commitment required from you to fully complete the Warwick Scholars access programme. Therefore, you will receive a guaranteed offer of between 2-4 grades lower than the standard entry requirements and a 50% tuition fee discount for each year of study. You will also receive a bursary of £2,000 per year to support you with accommodation on-campus or with travel to and from campus during your studies.
                            Alongside your fellow Warwick Scholars, you will also gain additional insight into life at Warwick enabling you to jump right in to student life when you enrol. Warwick Scholars doesn’t stop once you enrol – we’ll keep working with you throughout your studies. Once you’re here at Warwick, you’ll continue to receive study skills support, information advice and guidance from arrival through to graduation, and priority access to careers support, including support with work experience and internships.



                            Jo Bowers

                            Widening Access Officer

                            Phone: 02476 572932

                            WarwickScholars at warwick dot ac dot uk

                            Find out more about the programme at one of our Faculty Focus Afternoons.

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                            Applications are currently closed.

                            For current year 12 students who will be applying for entry to Warwick in September 2021, applications will open in May 2020.