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The University of Bradford Progression Scheme

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.

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.


From 2019 entry our Admissions Team will take into consideration a number of contextual factors when assessing applications. Applicants from the below groups will automatically receive an offer which is the equivalent of one A Level grade (8 UCAS points) lower than our standard entry criteria:

  • Mature student (for 2020 entry anyone who is 21 before the 14th September 2020 would be classed as being mature)
  • From a low participation neighbourhood
  • Refugee/Asylum Seeker
  • Care Leavers or previously looked after

Applicants from these groups will automatically be identified through information provided on the UCAS application form.

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


Individuals who meet the above eligibility criteria have the opportunity to receive an additional 8 UCAS points by attending the following:

  1. Two different outreach events, including an Open day, a Taster day, or Progression Scheme workshop
  2. An Applicant Experience Day

Attendance at these events must have been within 18 months prior to the 1st June in the year you are due to start your course.* For example, applicants who are due to start their degree programme in September 2020 should have attended two of the events before 1st June 2020.

Please note, the June 2020 Open Day will not be classed as one of the two events for September 2020 entry.

Event attendance will be identified by our Admissions Team, who will update the applicants' record to reflect the award of the additional 8 points.

When booking onto activities, please ensure you are using the same email address for all events.

Open Days

Our next Open Day is on 
Saturday 20 June 2020

Register now

Taster Days

Our next Taster Day is on
25 March 2020

Find out more

Outreach workshops

We're running regular sessions 
April 2020 - July 2020

Find an event and register

Excluded programmes

The following programmes are excluded from the University of Bradford Progression Scheme:

  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences
  • BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science
  • Certificate of Foundation Studies Clinical Sciences/Medicine

Have a question?

Contact Emma Thomason, UK/EU Recruitment Officer

Emma Thomason, UK/EU Recruitment Officer