Information for Schools and Colleges

Individual Bookings

Bookings for Individual Students

For events where individual students can book a place, the following criteria will be taken into account if the event is oversubscribed.

School or College Attainment

  • You attended a school in England at age 16 where the GCSE Attainment 8 score is 41 or less.**
  • You attended a school in Northern Ireland at age 16 where the number of students achieving five or more GCSE grades A* to C, including English and Maths, is 35% or less.**
  • You attended or attend a school in Scotland with over 50% of pupils who live in the 20% most deprived datazones in Scotland.**
  • You currently attend a school in England where the average point score per A Level entry is 24 or less.**
  • You currently attend a school in Northern Ireland where the number of students achieving three or more A Levels grades A* to C is 35% or less.**
  • You attend a school in the UK where over 50% of pupils receive or are eligible for Free School Meals.**

Postcode Data

  • You live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education.***
  • You live in a neighbourhood which has a high level of financial, economic or social deprivation.***

Financial Hardship

  • You are in receipt of, or entitled to, Free School Meals, Pupil Premium funding and/or discretionary school/college payments, which are directly linked to financial hardship.****

Individual Circumstances

  • You are in receipt of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at the ‘enhanced’ rate in either the ‘daily living’ and ‘mobility’ components, OR the ‘standard’ rate in both components.
  • You have experienced local authority care for a period of longer than three months.
  • You have experienced extenuating personal circumstances relating to social, economic or educational disadvantage at key educational times and live in a neighbourhood which has a high level of financial, economic or social deprivation.*****
  • You have sole or shared responsibility for the care of a relative because they are ill, have a disability, are experiencing mental distress or affected by substance abuse.
  • You are estranged and no longer have the support of your family due to a breakdown in the relationship which has led to ceased contact. This might mean your biological, step or adoptive parents, or wider family members who have been responsible for supporting you in the past.
  • You are from a black or minority ethnic group and attend a state school.
  • Your parents/carers are serving or have served in the armed forces at key educational times.
  • You are from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community.
  • You have refugee status.
  • You are an asylum seeker.

Parental Circumstances

  • Your parent/carer(s) do not have a higher education qualification and the main wage earner in your household does not have a professional occupation (defined as NS-SEC Classification 1-3).

** School performance data is taken from the Department for Education data (2017/18).

*** English student eligibility is determined using POLAR3 and/or POLAR4 data, using Quintiles 1 and 2; and/or an IMD score of 30 or less; and/or one of the classified WP groups through ACORN. Northern Irish student postcode eligibility determined by POLAR3 and/or POLAR4 data, using Quintiles 1 and 2; and/or one of the classified WP groups through ACORN. Scottish student postcode eligibility determined by SIMD40 (the 40% most deprived postcodes); and/or one of the classified WP groups through ACORN. Welsh student postcode eligibility determined by WIMD40 (the 40% most deprived postcodes); and/or one of the classified WP groups through ACORN.

**** If you are receiving a school/college discretionary payment, we consider financial hardship in this circumstance, to be from a household with an income of less than £35,000. Evidence may be requested in individual cases. Please note: we cannot take into account individual household income unless you are in receipt of a school/college discretionary payment.

***** For cases where students have experienced extenuating circumstances but do not live in a neighbourhood which has a high level of financial, economic or social deprivation we will consider their circumstances on an individual basis.

For residential events only

Please note that for residential events, eligibility criteria will always be applied. In the case that an event is still oversubscribed, the number and type of eligibility criteria met will be taken into account when allocating places.

For our residential events extenuating circumstances will be considered alongside the criteria above. Academic attainment may also be taken into account – see individual event pages for further details.

Social, economic or educational disadvantage affecting the individual student at key educational times will be taken into consideration. Full, verifiable details must be provided.

Parental experience of higher education and parental occupation will also be taken into account.