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Contextual Offers

We are committed to making a high-quality and challenging university education available to all students who are capable of benefiting from it, as outlined in the University’s Access and Participation Plan. Our recruitment and application processes are designed to support everyone with the potential to succeed at Warwick, and we are committed to ensuring that every application is treated fairly and judged on its merits. Our approach considers educational and individual context in our offer making to provide a rounded understanding of academic potential and achievement, and ensure we consider talented applicants from all backgrounds.

Our Admissions Statement summarises the University’s current undergraduate admissions policies and procedures for admitting and selecting our students. As do many universities in the UK, the University may make differential ‘contextual’ offers to applicants based in the UK if they meet certain eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria

We consider a range of contextual factors when assessing UCAS applications to build a more holistic and rounded view of students’ academic achievement and potential. The contextual factors we use to inform decision-making and policy are drawn from UCAS application forms and a range of publicly available national datasets.

From the 2021/22 admissions cycle, applicants must only meet one of the following contextual ‘flags’ to be considered for a contextual offer:

Area-based flag: the applicant lives in a neighbourhood 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 (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD], 0-20%).*

School flag: the applicant completed their studies at schools/colleges where performance was below average and eligibility for Free School Meals was higher than average.

* Those students in administrative areas of the UK for which school performance data are not available will be flagged for the IMD data in the first instance and a decision made on a contextual offer based on individual circumstance.

Check your eligibility

If you participate in and successfully complete Realising Opportunities, Pathways to Law, Pathways to Banking and Finance, or Pathways to Engineering, either through Warwick or another university, you will also receive additional consideration when applying to Warwick through UCAS. This is dependent on meeting all other admissions criteria.

There are two types of reduced offer you may receive:

a) Contextual offer – if you meet the conditions set out in the section above;


b) Dual offer - this means that, in addition to the standard offer (which will be in accordance with our published entry criteria) you will also receive an alternative offer which will come into effect as long as you complete the programme you are on.

In both cases the reduced offer will be up to 2 A level grades or up to 4 International Baccalaureate points lower than the standard offer for entry to that course or the removal of an additional requirement (e.g. the STEP requirement for Mathematics).

All students who successfully complete one of the post-16 programmes will be invited to join the Warwick Scholars undergraduate programme.

Students who are participating in the Warwick Scholars access programme are guaranteed to receive an offer. Please visit Warwick Scholars for more information about qualifying for the Warwick Scholars reduced grade offer.

Course exemptions

There are no course exemptions. Alternative offers for post-16 programme participants will be made for all degree courses at the University of Warwick where an offer is made.

Courses available and entry requirements

For more information on the range of courses available and typical entry requirements please visit our study pages. Remember that it is important for you to check the individual requirements for the course you are interested in and what this means for you.

Any care experienced applicant, who has been looked after for at least 3 months will be eligible to receive a contextual offer without having to meet any other indicators. This will require supporting evidence. This may include a letter from Social Services confirming that the applicant is or has been in care; evidence that the applicant has been in receipt of Income Support and Housing Benefit during their post-16 education; or a letter confirming the applicant is or has been a Foyer resident.

  • Please note that we use self-declared information from UCAS application forms to identify those students that have indicated they are care experienced in the first instance

If you have any specific questions related to time in care please e-mail

Applicants seeking asylum, have limited leave to remain, are under ‘humanitarian protection’ or have been granted refugee status with indefinite leave to remain will be eligible to receive a contextual offer without having to meet other indicators. Please note that this will require supporting evidence of current immigration status with documentation such as a Biometric Residence Permit, Home Office letters or a solicitor’s letter. If you are unsure about your current immigration status please speak to your solicitor or to your family members if you are listed as a dependent on a family member’s immigration application.

  • Please note that we use self-declared information from UCAS application forms to identify those students that have indicated they are asylum seekers or refugees in the first instance

If you have any specific questions related to the criteria used to determine refugee or asylum seeker status please e-mail

Application process

  • Please apply as normal through UCAS, there is no need to do anything extra, we have all the information we need.
  • Applications will be assessed in the usual way against standard entry criteria.
  • You will need to be a Home fee paying applicant.
  • The offer only applies to Undergraduate (UG) programmes; this means that foundation year and graduate programmes (including Medicine) are excluded.
  • If you meet the contextual data criteria you will be made a conditional offer with reduced academic conditions. The Contextual Offer will be up to 2 grades lower than the Standard Offer (e.g. AAB rather than AAA) or will remove an additional requirement (e.g. the removal of the STEP requirement for a Mathematics offer).
  • Find out more information about Widening Participation at the University.

Foundation year applicants

If you are applying for a Foundation Year, you will not be eligible for a contextual offer.

Caring Responsibilities

If you are a student with caring responsibilities, then balancing your caring role with your studies can be really challenging. However, there are lots of places where you can access support both at application stage and if you choose to study at Warwick.

Whilst we do not currently include Young Carers in our Contextual Data Policy you may still be eligible based on other criteria which you can check here.

The University also has an AWARDS form for applicants with extenuating circumstances. Details about this can be found here.

Additionally, the University offers a range of financial support, details can be found on the Warwick Bursary page 

Other useful places to seek support when times are more challenging include:

There is also information for young adult carers on UCAS: (

If you have any further queries, please contact us at


You might be interested in our frequently asked questions.

If you have further queries about the contextual data policy please contact us at contextualdata at warwick dot ac dot uk or visit our contact centre.