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Contextual Offers

The University of Warwick is committed to making a high-quality and challenging university education available to those 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 students with the potential to succeed at the University 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 critera. Please read below to find out if you might be eligible.

Students with particular ‘contextual data’ indicators

Since 2017 entry, a number of contextual factors have been taken into account 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. Students must meet at least two of the following factors outlined below to be considered for a contextual offer:

a) The applicant completed their Key Stage 4 qualifications at a school where average performance of students at Key Stage 4 Level was below the national average


The applicant completed their Key Stage 5 qualifications at a school/college where performance at Key Stage 5 falls within the bottom 40%

b) The applicant has spent time in local authority care

c) The applicant completed their Key Stage 4 qualifications at a school with above the national average entitlement/eligibility to Free School Meals (national average is 12.4%)

d) The applicant lives in a neighbourhood 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 (Index of Multiple Deprivation [IMD], 0-20%).

Those students in administrative areas of the UK which do not collect this data will be flagged for the IMD data in the first instance and a decision made on a contextual offer based on individual circumstance.

How can I assess eligibility?

  • If you are a student, or if you are advising a student, who would like to assess their likely eligibility for a contextual offer based on the schools they attended please see the attached spreadsheet.
  • If your school is not on the list but you think it should be eligible you can check by clicking here and searching for the school. If the school’s Attainment 8 Score (ATT8SCR) performance is below the 44.6% benchmark then it may meet a contextual school indicator and you should contact us: contextualdata at warwick dot ac dot uk. You can also check if the school is above the national average for Free School Meals (12.4% or above is eligible).
  • To find out if your home postcode is eligible based on POLAR 3 or IMD you can use the following postcode look-up tool (once the spreadsheet is open, click enable editing and then type in your postcode to see if this is eligible).

What is the application process?

  • Students should 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
  • Students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme will be made a dual conditional offer, one part of which will include completion of the Realising Opportunities programme alongside a reduced academic offer, the other which is the standard academic offer. If you are Realising Opportunities Participant and want to know more click here.
  • Students who meet the contextual data criteria will be made a conditional offer with reduced academic conditions
  • To find out more information about Widening Participation at the University.

Access Eligibility

  • Applicants who apply for a foundation year will not be eligible for a contextual offer.

If you have further queries about the contextual data policy please contact us at:

Realising Opportunities Participants

The Realising Opportunities programme is a collaboration of leading research-intensive universities, including Warwick, working together to promote fair access and social mobility of students from groups underrepresented in higher education.