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Making offers for courses starting in 2020

Our Admissions team will take into consideration a range of information – including contextual data – when making offers to students applying for an undergraduate degree starting in 2020 onwards. This will determine the type of offer that you will receive from us. Further offer guidance is available from UCAS  at Admissions Guidance on Offers.

What is contextual data?

Contextual data is simply additional information considered by BCU alongside your UCAS application. We do not make decisions on the basis of this information alone.

What contextual data we use

We use three pieces of contextual information:

  1. The postcode that you have provided as your home address, using the Office for Students’ POLAR4 Low Participation Neighbourhood (LPN) data.
  2. Whether you have been looked after or in care for more than three months*
  3. If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health difficulty, autism /  Asperger's or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia*

* If disclosed on your application.

Types of offer

Unconditional Offer

Unconditional offers** will be made to applicants who have been identified a) within the contextual data criteria, b) based on their GCSE results (hold 5 at grade 4/C or above including English Language and Mathematics at first sitting) and c) predicted grades for level 3 qualifications (e.g. A Level, BTEC, IB) from a current school or college. To receive an Unconditional Offer you must be predicted to meet or exceed the published course entry requirements.

Contextualised Conditional Offer 

Contextualised conditional offers** will also be made to applicants who have been identified within the contextual data criteria and hold 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language and Mathematics at first sitting but where predicted level 3 qualifications are below the published course entry requirements. In this instance a contextualised conditional offer may be made that has been reduced by up to two grades.

Conditional Offer

Conditional offers may be made to applicants who are predicted to meet or exceed the published entry requirements for a course but have not been identified within the contextual data criteria.
If you are an applicant and are not predicted to meet the published entry requirements for a course, you may still receive an offer but the University operates an alternative course offer strategy so this could be for the original course or an alternative at degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND level based on your predicted grades.

If you already hold your qualifications?

If you are already holding your qualifications, you may be made an unconditional offer based on your actual exam results. If you accept this offer, you will be required to provide evidence of the qualifications stated in your application.

Want to defer your offer? 

You may defer your offer for one cycle if you meet the published entry requirements by 31 August 2020. 

I have exceptional, extenuating circumstances which have disrupted my studies

If you have experienced issues of a personal, social or domestic nature that have affected your studies, or your ability to meet our published entry requirements or offer, we'd encourage you to let us know by completing our Disrupted Studies form.


** The following courses are excluded from Unconditional Offers and Contextualised Conditional Offers;

  • BA (Hons) Architecture; BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design
  • BEng (Hons) courses in Automotive Engineering; Civil Engineering; Electronic Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Mechanical Engineering
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS; BA (Hons) Secondary PE with QTS; BSc (Hons) Social Work; BSc (Hons) Secondary Computing with QTS; BSc (Hons) Secondary Science Biology with QTS; BA (Hons) Conductive Education
  • BSc (Hons) courses in Diagnostic Radiography; Midwifery; Nursing (Adult, Child, Learning Disability or Mental Health); Operating Department Practice; Paramedic Science; Radiotherapy; Speech and Language Therapy; BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy
  • Sports courses also require a GCSE in Science

  • English courses require an A-level English at grade C or above

Wider exclusions include:

  • Music and Acting courses which recruit via the UCAS Conservatoires Scheme

  • Non BA/BSc provision (DipHE, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree and HND)

  • Two-year fast-track degrees

  • Integrated Masters