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Durham University


Applying to Durham

Contextual Offers

Do you know whether you are eligible for a contextual offer from Durham? It is worth checking! If you meet the eligibility criteria then we may issue you an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements.

Foundation Centre

Durham University’s Foundation Centre offers specially tailored multi-disciplinary study programmes to prepare students for degree-level study. The Foundation Centre specialises in helping mature learners return to education and supporting students who are changing between academic fields.

International Study Centre

The Durham University International Study Centre provides International Foundation Year programmes for International students wanting to study at Durham University. For students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry, the foundation programme will provide preparation for further academic study. Once the programme is completed and the grades required achieved students may progress to a Durham degree.

Supported Progression

Supported Progression is a programme for talented students studying in the North East, Cumbria, Yorkshire and London who have the potential to study at a university such as Durham and who will benefit from additional help and support to reach their full potential. Supported Progression offers a two-year coherent, structured programme of events and information.

Sutton Trust Summer School

Durham University’s Sutton Trust summer school(s) provide students with an opportunity to contribute towards entry to the University through an assessed summer school. Applicants must be studying in Year 12 in England or Wales, Year 13 in Northern Ireland, or S5 in Scotland and will attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school/college (non-fee paying) in the UK.

Disability Services

Disability Support offers advice and guidance to students (prospective and current) and staff within the University. We also arrange appropriate provision for disabled students, as well as offer support to those who think they may have a disability, such as a specific learning difference.

Deferred entry

If you wish to take a year out between school and university you should check your nominated department's policy on deferred entry (see each departmental entry or website).

Some departments welcome applications submitted during your last year at school, particularly if you are seeking to gain experience relevant to your degree. Others would prefer you to apply in the year between school and university.

Covid-19 Infection

We continue to monitor the Covid-19 outbreak so we can provide up to date information and advice, and offer support as the situation develops. Please see our dedicated webpages for the latest information.

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What you need to know when choosing a college

Our colleges share many characteristics and collegiate spirit, but each one has its own distinctive character.

Don't overthink it, your college preference does not affect your chances of getting a place at Durham.