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Contextual admissions and widening participation

What are contextual admissions?

We recognise that an applicant's educational and socio-economic background may impact their achievements and potential. We use contextual information and data alongside your UCAS application so we can build a complete picture of you as an applicant, your characteristics and potential.

Due to the availability and comparability of data, the use of contextual information will apply to UK school leaver applicants only.

Contextual admissions points are only available for UK resident Home students. Contextual admissions points are not available for graduates or applicants who have previously started a university course, including foundation programmes.

Contextual Admissions Points

All applications that meet our entry and eligibility criteria will proceed to selection for interview. Applicants who then meet our contextual admissions requirements are eligible for additional points depending on their circumstances.

Applicants will be asked to confirm their eligibility for our contextual admissions via an online form sent shortly after the UCAS application deadline.

We award up to a maximum of 15 points should you meet any one or more of the following:

  • In receipt of UCAT bursary – 8 points
  • Resident in POLAR 4 Young Participation Area Quintile 1 (check your postcode on the Office for Students website) – 3 points
  • Resident in POLAR 4 Young Participation Area Quintile 2 (check your postcode on the Office for Students website) – 2 points
  • First in Family to attend University – 2 points
  • Attended a school with a Progress 8 score* below the national average for GCSE (or equivalent) study – 3 points
  • Care experienced (see a definition of care leaver on the University of York website)- 15 points
  • Refugee status – 15 points
  • Students from a military background (see a definition of military background on the University of York website) – 15 points
  • Students from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller background – 15 points
  • Successful completion of one of the following Widening Participation Programmes within the year of application – 7 points:
    • Hull York Medical School Year 12 Summer School / Residential
    • York Experience Summer School
    • UKWPMED programmes (A100 programme only)
      • Birmingham Medical School – Routes to the Professions: Medicine
      • Brighton and Sussex Medical School – BrightMed
      • Keele University School of Medicine – Steps2Medicine
      • University of Leicester – AccessLeicester: Medicine
      • Manchester Medical School – Manchester Access Programme and Preston Widening Access Programme (medicine route)
      • Peninsula Medical School – Peninsula Pathways PLUS
  • Successful completion of one of the following Widening Participation Programmes within two years of application – 7 points:
    • Hull York Medical School Pathways to Medicine programme
    • Realising Opportunities programme
    • University of York Black Access programme
    • University of York Next Step York programme
    • University of York Yorway programme

 

*Applicants from the devolved nations will be considered to have the same eligibility as applicants who attended a school with a Progress 8 score below the national average for GCSE (or equivalent) study, should they meet one of the following comparable markers:

Northern Ireland: We will use the Annual School Performance Data measure of % year 12 pupils achieving 5+ GCSEs grades A*-C (including equivalents) including GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics to measure individual schools against the national average. Those achieving below the national average will be eligible for contextual data points comparable to Progress 8.

Scotland: We will use the Attainment for All data set calculating an average tariff score using a virtual comparator to measure individual schools against the national average. Those achieving below the national average will be eligible for contextual data points comparable to Progress 8.

Wales: We will use the Capped 9 indicator to measure individual schools against the national average. Those achieving below the national average will be eligible for contextual data points comparable to Progress 8.

Data to enable us to assess each of these measures will be collected via questionnaire following October application deadline.

Offers

If you are eligible for contextual admissions, you may also be eligible for our Reduced or Alternative offers. You can find out more about these, including whether or not you would be eligible on our offers page.

Contact us

Our dedicated admissions team are happy to support you through the process of applying to study Medicine with us and answer any queries you may have.

Please contact us if you have any questions: admissions@hyms.ac.uk