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 students in our region to reach their 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.
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Applications for year 12 students wishing to join the 2023/24 programme are now closed. Applications for 2024/25 will open in March 2024.
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
• 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 provide us with your A level predicted grades, 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)
• Be in the first year of your level 3 (e.g. A level) studies (at time of application)
• Attend a school or college, or live, within one of the local authority areas that we cover (Coventry, Warwickshire, Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Leicester)
• Have Home UK fee status or will have it by the time they enter university (you can check here)
• 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 (e.g. be studying the correct A levels and have achieved any required GCSEs).
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
•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 4, quintile 1) or an area which has a high level of deprivation (IMD 0-20%)
You can check your school and neighbourhood eligibility hereLink opens in a new window. You are looking for a 'YES' response on Home Postcode (to check if you live in a priority neighbourhood) or Key Stage 4 School OR Key Stage 5 School (to check if you currently attend or have attended a priority school). The Free School Meals Institution Flag is not relevant to Warwick Scholars.
Life as an Arts and Humanities student at Warwick
Eleanor Hinds - Widening Access Officer
Phone: 07392 125 615
WarwickScholars at warwick dot ac dot uk
Key Dates for 2024 applications:
- Applications will open for Year 12 students in March 2024.
- Teacher references due by midnight on 17th May 2024
- Launch residential event will take place on either the 20th - 21st or the 22nd-23rd August 2024.