What are contextual admissions?
The University of Surrey is committed to social mobility and believes, to have a diverse and representative society we must ensure all learners with the potential to succeed at University can do so regardless of their background or personal experience.
As part of this commitment to widening participation, we use contextual admissions. This is where we use additional information, like socio-economic factors, to understand the context in which applicants have achieved their qualifications, enabling us to identify performance and potential.
You may be eligible for a contextual admissions offer if you are a UK domiciled student and meet the criteria. Please note, subject requirements may not be reduced in the offer and grades will be reduced by two A-level grades, or one BTEC grade or equivalent. Contextual offers are made to home students only.
Applicants will automatically be considered for an alternative entry requirement based upon contextual data as disclosed through their UCAS application. This includes applicants who:
- Live in a POLAR4, Quintile 1 postcode
- Live in an Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD 1), quintile 1 postcode within the United Kingdom
- Disclose a disability or long-term health condition
- Have experience of living within care
- Have received free school meals at any point during your secondary school education
- Are estranged from your parents (i.e. you are not in contact with and supported by your parents).
For further information about contextual data and how it is used and monitored, please see our Contextual Admissions Policy.
In2Surrey provides an opportunity for applicants to receive an alternative entry requirement where circumstances are not automatically recognised within the UCAS application process. In2Surrey invites applicants to apply directly for the scheme which is considered in parallel to their UCAS application.
A contextual offer of one A level or equivalent (please see table of equivalencies below) will be applied to the entry requirement for undergraduate courses. Please note that we may be unable to offer and reduction in entry requirements for BTEC students, those with unconditional offers or where subjects are required for courses.
|45 @ Distinction
|45 @ Distinction
|39 @ Distinction + 6 @ Merit
|30 @ Distinction + 15 @ Merit
|27 @ Distinction + 18 @ Merit
In order to qualify for the contextual offer through In2Surrey, applicants must select the University of Surrey as firm. Please note that, in some circumstances, the University of Surrey will automatically apply contextualised offer for applicants meeting specific criteria. For further information, please read our Contextual Admissions Policy.
You are eligible to receive a contextual offer through In2Surrey if you attend a state school and meet one of the following:
- You are eligible for a 16-19 bursary.
- You are a refugee with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
- You are from a Gypsy, Roma, Irish Traveller, Showperson or Boater community.
- You have caring responsibilities (you care for a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition or addiction).
- You are a mature or adult learner who will be aged 21 years or over when commencing your studies.
- You have previously completed a Surrey Scholars activity.
- You live in an IMD Q2 Postcode*
- You live in a POLAR4 Q2 Postcode**
*Indices of Multiple Deprivation are commonly used datasets within the UK to classify the relative deprivation within smaller areas. We will check your postcode against these datasets to determine your eligibility. However, if you wish to check your own postcode prior to applying for In2Surrey, you can use our own postcode lookup tool.
*POLAR4 classifies the progression rate of young people in higher education within local areas across the UK. We will check your postcode using the Office for Students postcode data to determine your eligibility. However, if you wish to check your own postcode prior to applying for In2Surrey, you can use our own postcode lookup tool.
Pre-entry Transition Programme
In2Surrey delivers a transition programme for all contextual offer applicants in support with preparing to start studies in September 2024. Taking place from June until September, applicants can access:
- Live virtual Academic Skills Workshops
- Virtual Summer School
- Online Mentoring
- Information and updates on additional support and services.
Eligible applicants will be contacted by the University of Surrey and/or the Widening Participation Team directly to receive further information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applicants eligible for an automatic contextual offer will have the reduced entry requirement factored into their initial offer from the University of Surrey's admissions team. This will also appear on your UCAS Track.
Applicants eligible for a contextual offer through In2Surrey will receive an updated offer once you select the University of Surrey as your FIRM choice through UCAS. Please then allow up to 21 days for the updated offer to appear on your UCAS Track.
All contextual offers will be processed and updated before July 2024. We are unable to award contextual offer after this date.
Your extenuating circumstances will automatically be considered if you meet our eligibility criteria. If you do not meet one of the outlined eligibility criteria but have faced considerable disruption to education, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your circumstances.
In2Surrey does not have a direct scholarship attached. However, if you are eligible for In2Surrey, you may be eligible for one of the University of Surrey's advertised bursaries and scholarships. Please visit our Fees and Funding pages for further information and details regarding financial support.
Applications for In2Surrey are now open until Sunday 16 June. You can apply at anytime before the deadline but we strongly encourage that you complete your application once you have submitted your UCAS application.