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Supported Progression

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 supported.progression@durham.ac.uk

How much will this cost me?

Are all of the events compulsory?

I live quite far away from the university, will you be providing transport?

How do I qualify for the guaranteed offer?

What if I don't successfully complete the project?

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?

If I successfully complete the scheme what kind of offer should I receive?

What are pre-requisites and will I still need to achieve them?

Is the qualification equivalent to 16-32 UCAS tariff points transferable to another course or another university?

Do I have to apply to Durham University after doing this programme?

I'm not sure what course I'm interested in.

What if I want to study more than one subject at university?

What if I don't meet the criteria?

What if I have qualifications other than GCSEs/A-levels?

How much will this cost me?

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).

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Are all of the events compulsory?

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.

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I live quite far away from the university, will you be providing transport?

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.

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How do I qualify for the guaranteed offer?

You must successfully complete the scheme. This includes:
  • 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.

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What if I don't successfully complete the project?

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.

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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.

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If I successfully complete the scheme what kind of offer should I receive?

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.

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What are pre-requisites and will I still need to achieve them?

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.

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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

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Do I have to apply to Durham University after doing this programme?

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.

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I'm not sure what course I'm interested in.

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.

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What if I want to study more than one subject at university?

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 supported.progression@durham.ac.uk for advice.

What if I don't meet the criteria?

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.

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What if I have qualifications other than GCSEs/A-levels?

We accept alternative qualifications and more information about this is available here

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