Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently asked questions relating to Supported Progression. If your query is not answered here please call the team on 0191 3349126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Supported Progression Scheme is free to attend. There may be transport costs associated with the programme depending on how you choose to get to the events (see below).
Yes, you will be expected to attend all of the main student events unless we tell you otherwise or exceptional circumstances prevent you from doing so.
We will work with students individually to arrange transport, but please note that you are encouraged to make your own way. If you need help with arranging your transport please contact us on 0191 334 9126.
Attending all sessions and events
Completing the assessed summer school project to the standard required by the participating department
Completing a personal development portfolio
Please note that any offer wont be received unless and until an application is made to the university via UCAS.
The experience gained on this programme will be of value to you wherever you decide to apply. You will not receive a financial bursary nor a guaranteed offer, but you will still be welcome to apply to any Durham course. The Supported Progression Director will support you in this process and offer advice on the best course of action for you.
I really want to study X at Durham, but I don't think I'll quite get the results required. Can I still apply for this programme?
Yes. This programme offers you an alternative though challenging route to show you have the potential to succeed at university. If successful you will be given a guaranteed offer which takes your participation in the scheme into account.
Those who successfully complete the programme will be recognised as having achieved a qualification equivalent to 16-32 UCAS tariff points that can contribute towards meeting the entry requirements for your chosen programme of study. Durham does not actually make offers based on the UCAS tariff so your typical offer will be based on three A-level passes (alternative qualifications are also accepted). For example if the standard offer for the department is AAA, then those who are successful on Supported Progression will receive an offer of either ABB, BBB or BBC depending on the department's specific requirements.
Many departments will need you to be studying certain subjects before you can study their degree programmes. For example to study Physics you will need to be studying Maths and Physics A-Levels (or equivalent). Other departments such as Law may require you to take a national admissions test. These pre-requisites still apply if you qualify for a Supported Progression route and they are listed by department here.
Is the qualification equivalent to 16-32 UCAS tariff points transferable to another course or another university?
No, the qualification and the guaranteed offer will be limited to a specified academic department at Durham which assessed the summer school. It cannot be transferred to another department at Durham or to another university. There may be some exceptions to this for example Joint and Combined Honours courses such as Liberal Arts or Natural Sciences etc.Participating departments are listed here
No, you may decide that Durham is not for you after doing this programme and can apply wherever you want. However you will only qualify for the guaranteed offer if you apply to Durham University for that department. You will be given more in depth guidance about the UCAS process during the scheme.
We suggest that you put down a subject that you are interested in on your application form. At the Spring Residential you will have academic sessions to help give you a taste of the subject. If you decide that you are interested in studying another subject at university please inform the SP team as early as possible. In some cases it may be possible to change subjects before the summer school, however please bear in mind that some departments will have a maximum number of students they can work with. At the summer school you will work one academic department and complete the assessed project for that department.
The University offers many joint honours or combined honours programmes where you can study more than one subject during your degree. There are opportunities to do joint/combined degrees through Supported Progression. If you do have a joint or combined course in mind, please contact the Supported Progression office on 0191 3349126 or email@example.com for advice.
If you don't meet the criteria but have experienced difficult family or individual circumstances that you believe may affect your performance in exams or the likelihood of you going to university, for example you may have spent some time in care, then your application will be considered on an individual basis. Please ask your school or college to forward us details.
We accept alternative qualifications and more information about this is available here