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The Progression Scheme

The University of Bradford Progression Scheme is designed to benefit undergraduate applicants whose personal and educational circumstances mean they could be less likely to receive an offer based on our standard entry criteria. Details of eligibility and how to get involved in the Progression Scheme are below.

We also offer a range of additional support and opportunities for students from currently underrepresented groups in HE including:

We are committed to raising aspirations and widening access to Higher Education, ensuring high quality education is available to all individuals, regardless of background, who have the potential to succeed.

Our Access and Participation Plan APP forms a key element of the University’s overall strategy to position it as a sector-leader in creating and sustaining the necessary conditions for holistic, inclusive learning and development. To achieve this strategic ambition, we have adopted an overarching system-wide structural equality and inclusion approach to remove barriers within the University and the region to eradicate all access and participation gaps and create equality.

You can read our full Access and Participation Plan 2020-21 to 2024-25.

Progression Scheme Eligibility

Our Admissions Team will take into consideration a number of contextual factors when assessing applications. Applicants from the below groups will receive an offer which is the equivalent of one A Level grade (8 UCAS points) lower than our standard entry criteria:

  1. Adult learner (21 or over on the first day of term)
  2. Refugee/Asylum Seeker
  3. Care Leavers or previously looked after
  4. From a low participation neighbourhood*
  5. Estranged students
  6. A Young Adult Carer
  7. From an armed forces family
  8. From a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community

If you are an Adult Learner, a Refugee/Asylum Seeker, a Care Leaver or from a low participation neighbourhood, you will automatically be identified as eligible for an 8 point reduction, through information provided on your UCAS application form, so please ensure you complete all sections on your UCAS application and provide correct information.

However, if you are estranged from your family, a Young Adult Carer, from an armed forces family and/or from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community, we do not receive this information via UCAS. Therefore, you must provide some form of evidence (e.g. To prove you are a Young Adult Carer, you could request a letter from your school/college evidencing that you have caring responsibilities for a parent/guardian). 

Please e-mail if you have any queries regarding providing evidence.

* You can check eligibility for the low participation neighbourhood criteria using this Office for Students postcode look-up; applicants who have a postcode which is classed ‘Polar 4 Quintile’ 1 or 2, will be eligible for the Progression Scheme.

How to receive a 16 UCAS point deduction?

Individuals who meet any of the above eight eligibility criteria have the opportunity to receive an additional 8 UCAS points deduction (maximum deduction of 16 points in total) by ensuring they complete the below checklist:

Are you eligible?

Check eligibility criteria above.

If you need to provide evidence of your eligibility (e.g. criteria 5-8), please e-mail evidence to

Have you attended an Open Day?

Attend an Open Day.

The Open Day you attend must take place between 18th June 2022 - 31st May 2023.

Have you attended an outreach webinar?

Attend one of our outreach webinars. 

Sign up to an outreach webinar

Have you passed the post-webinar task?

Successfully complete the post-webinar task to the required standard.

The task will be e-mailed to you within 48hrs of attending the webinar.

Once you have completed all items on the above checklist, you should be eligible to receive a 16 UCAS point deduction.

You can access more information about our next Open Day and webinars via the below pages:

Outreach Webinars

We deliver informative webinars throughout the year. Please click below to see our upcoming events.

Register for a webinar

Open Days

We run a number of open days each year, please click to visit our open day page and find out when our next open day is.

Register for our next open day

Progression Scheme success story:

Amanta Cuhaldina, who is currently studying MPhysiotherapy in Sport and Exercise Medicine, is one of our many students to have benefited from the Progression Scheme points deduction.

Amanta has gone to excel at the University of Bradford since she joined us in 2019, becoming a Student Ambassador and being recognised as Ambassador of the Year at the Aimhigher awards in 2022.

Read about Amanta's experience with the Progression Scheme

Excluded programme

Please note that the Clinical Sciences with Integrated Foundation Year programme is excluded from the progression scheme. Therefore, you can not apply a progression scheme points deduction towards an application for this programme. However, your points deduction will apply to an application for any other undergraduate programme.

Have a question?

Send your query to the progression scheme inbox:

Student ambassador leading an open day tour