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Supported Progression

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants to the Supported Progression Programme must fulfil our strict eligibility criteria. Application forms must be fully completed and submitted to us.


  • Applicants must be in Year 12 or equivalent.
  • Applicants must be attending a state school or college in the North East, Cumbria or Yorkshire (please see our website for a full list of eligible schools/postcodes).
  • are under the age of 18 at the time of the summer school.
  • applicants must be currently living in the UK and have been for a minimum of three years prior to the time of application as well as having UK or EU nationality or indefinite leave to remain in the UK, except where residence in the UK is wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education.

We are looking for applicants meeting all or most of these criteria:

  • will be the first generation in their family to attend university
  • have achieved at least 5 As or A*s at GCSE or equivalent (including a strong level of achievement at GCSE for relevant subjects).
  • are taking subjects in relation to the subject stream they are applying for (we advise students to research subject specific entry requirements on our website (below) prior to application)
  • attend schools or colleges with a low overall GCSE and/or A-Level, Higher/Advanced Higher (or equivalent) point score and/or schools or colleges with low progression rates to higher education*
  • come from neighbourhoods with low overall progression rates to higher education or high levels of socio economic deprivation**

These criteria are used to identify students with merit and potential who are currently under represented in higher education. Additionally, as black and minority ethnic (BME) applicants are underrepresented at Durham University, we particularly welcome applications to Supported Progression from BME students.

Durham University is proud to hold the Buttle UK Quality Mark in recognition of our support and commitment to care leavers. We welcome applications from care leavers and those who have had experience of care. Durham University have a designated care leaver co-ordinator, Ashley Watson, who can offer advice and guidance relating to support on offer at Durham University. To contact Ashley or to find out more, please head over to our webpage for care leavers.

Supported Progression also welcomes applications from disabled students and makes reasonable adjustments to facilitate access to all Supported Progression events and the University.

Further details can be found on our website:

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The Application Form gives you the opportunity to outline your motivations for wanting to be part of the scheme, and your teacher will have an opportunity to complete a section demonstrating your potential, motivation to succeed and any personal circumstances which may have affected your performance so far.


Contact us


Access and Student Recruitment Office, The Palatine Building, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE