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Full Eligibility Criteria

PARTNERS Programme Eligibility Criteria

Find out the full eligibility criteria for the PARTNERS Programme Supported Entry Route 2019 Entry.

In order to be accepted onto the PARTNERS Programme, you must:

  • have predicted grades that match or exceed the PARTNERS offer for the course(s) you are applying for
  • be resident in England, Northern Ireland or Scotland
  • have home student fee status*
  • have left school/college for no longer than two years

In addition to the criteria above, you must also meet any one of the following criteria:

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 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 are a young person who has 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 a young person who has no communicative relationship with either of your biological parents/legal guardians and you do not expect this situation to be reconciled

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)

* The PARTNERS Programme is limited to students who are recognised as having 'home status'. Your home status must have been confirmed by the Home Office prior to applying to the PARTNERS Programme and you must meet the University's English Language requirements for the course(s) you are applying to.

** School performance data is taken from Department for Education data.

*** 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. 

**** 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.

 

The information you provide on your PARTNERS application form will be used to determine if you meet any of the criteria for eligibility, as listed above. You can contact the Student Recruitment Team in advance of submitting an application to check if you meet any of the criteria.