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Durham University

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Eligibility

Foundation Programme: Student Eligibility for study

The Foundation Programme is designed to support UK* students from under-represented groups in Higher Education, who have been unable to achieve their academic potential, to access and succeed in studying an undergraduate degree at Durham University.

*UK students include students with Settled Status in the UK.

Only applicants from under-represented groups in Higher Education, who have not been able to achieve their academic potential, are eligible to study with the Foundation Programme. Evidence of eligibility and academic potential must be provided. Additional Academic criteria may apply, depending on the subject to be studied.

In order to help us identify eligible applicants we use the Office for Students (OfS) definition of under-represented groups:

Groups of students who share… particular characteristics where data shows gaps in equality of opportunity in relation to access, success or progression[1]

Priority is given to:

  1. Applicants from areas of low participation in higher education (LPN based on Polar 4 data) from the North East of England.

  1. Applicants from areas of low participation in higher education (LPN based on Polar 4 data) from all other areas of the UK

  1. Applicants with low household income or low socioeconomic status (based on Acorn and FSM data) from the North East of England.

  1. Applicants with low household income or low socioeconomic status (based on Acorn and FSM data) from all other areas of the UK

  1. Applicants from mature students (over 21 years of age at the start of the course) from the North East of England

  1. Applicants from mature students (over 21 years of age at the start of the course) from all other areas of the UK.

  1. Applications from other under-represented groups within higher education.

POLAR DATA

We will consider applicants from Polar category 1 or 2 postcodes as a priority. This classification is based on the home postcode provided in your application. Please see the following webpage to see the Polar category of a postcode https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/young-participation-by-area/young-participation-by-postcode/.

Eligible under-represented groups in HE include:

To meet this criteria students will need to be either:

  1. Quintile 1 (POLAR4)

  1. Quintile 2 (POLAR4)

For further information see http://www.hefce.ac.uk/analysis/yp/POLAR/.

  • applicants with low household income or low socioeconomic status

To meet this criteria applicants will need to be 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, and/or from an ACORN category Quintile 4 or 5.

The ACORN classification is based on the home postcode provided in your application and is a measure of the socio-economic status of the area you live in. Please see the following webpage to see the ACORN category of a postcode https://acorn.caci.co.uk/.

To meet this criteria you will need to be aged over 21 years of age at the start of your course (1st October).

Other under-represented groups in HE

As black and minority ethnic (BAME) applicants are underrepresented at Durham, we particularly welcome applications from BAME students.

To meet this criteria you need to meet the 2010 Equality Act definition of disability.

To meet this criteria you will have been in local authority care, or under a Care Order for at least three months prior to starting Year 12 (i.e. you are a care leaver).

To meet this criteria you will need to be have limited/sporadic or no contact with either of your biological/legally adopted parents. This includes living away from parents and receiving no emotional or financial support.

To meet this criteria you will need to be in receipt of Carer's Allowance, or Carer's Credit

  • people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

If you come from one or more of these groups, you must tell us in your UCAS personal statement. Please note: You may submit a substitute Personal Statement for your application to study.

Please be aware that Foundation Programme places are in high demand and all eligible applications will be considered in open competition to identify those judged to have the greatest potential to give and receive benefit from a Durham University degree course. Applicants may be required to provide evidence in support of their applications and to participate in mandatory pre-offer assessment activities as part of the application process; these usually take place in January and March.

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Foundation Programme
Pelaw House, Leazes Road
Durham
DH1 1TA

0191 3340172

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