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Offer Types

Here at University Centre Bishop Burton (UCBB), we look at more than just your grades. Find out more about the types of offer we make and how we decide.

UCBB is committed to assessing each applicant equally and fairly.

When processing your application, we'll look at a range of different things to help us to decide what offer to make. For instance:

  • Your academic and non-academic achievements, including predicted grades
  • Your experience and skills
  • Your passion and enthusiasm for the subject
  • Your references
  • Your personal circumstances. For example, have you been in care? Do you have a disability, such as a mental health condition? We will consider your achievements in context. See the Contextualised Offers section further down the page for more details.

Have a question about your application?

Our Admissions team are on hand to help. Get in touch by emailing or by giving us call on 01964 553000.

Conditional Offers

These offers detail the conditions you would need to meet to gain an offer with us. Usually, these are based on your achieved grades, so you would need to wait to get your results for us to confirm your place.

Unconditional Offers

These mean you've already met the entry requirements, so the place is yours if you want it! But first check the offer to see if there's anything else you need to do, i.e. provide evidence of your results or get a DBS check.

Unsuccessful Applications

There are various reasons why your application might be unsuccessful. For instance, you haven't met the entry requirements or your application leads us to believe the course isn't right for you. We're happy to discuss our reasoning and help with your next steps.

Contextualised Offers

We are delighted to be able to make contextualised offers to those applying to programmes that are validated by University of Hull and our Higher National programmes, where they are eligible.

Fair access to Higher Education is hugely important to us at UCBB. It enables social mobility and helps to improve opportunities and life-chances for individuals and their communities. We acknowledge that many students have barriers that make it more difficult for them to access Higher Education. As a result, we aim for our application and recruitment processes to be as accessible as possible. This reflects the commitments we have made in our Access and Participation Plan.

When we review an application, we take into consideration the context in which applicants have achieved their academic qualifications. If candidates meet certain eligibility criteria, we may make an offer which is lower than our typical entry requirements. This is called a contextual offer. Where contextual offers are used, they are used in situations where they minimise barriers to entry for applicants and address inequalities, while maintaining standards.

Overall, contextualised offers in Higher Education aim to provide personalised experiences, information, and opportunities to prospective students, ensuring that their specific needs and preferences are taken into account throughout their academic journey and beyond.

Contextual offers are only available to UCAS applicants that are classed as ‘Home’ for fee
purposes. They are available on all of our programmes. Our criteria reflect characteristics which are under-represented in Higher Education because we want to level the playing field for everyone to access university. ‘Home’ students will be able to get a contextual offer if they meet one or more of the following measures.

Reside in an area with a low number of young people progressing to higher education.

This is based on the areas of the UK that have the lowest proportions of young people entering Higher Education and is calculated based on the postcode used on a UCAS application. We use POLAR4 quintile data at the moment as this is the preferred data used by the UK government.

Care experienced.

Care experience is defined as individuals who declare they have spent time:

  • Living with foster carers under local authority care
  • In residential care
  • Looked after at home under a supervision order
  • In kinship care
Have a disability.

If a student declares one or more of any disability types on their UCAS application, a contextual
offer will be applied.

Those who are eligible will receive an unconditional offer and offered an appointment with our Life Coach team to discuss any additional support that may be required.

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