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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.


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 (21 or over on the first day of term)
  • 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.

What if I don't meet the above eligibility criteria?

Applicants from any of the below groups, who complete our progression scheme additional eligibility form, will be eligible to receive 8 UCAS points by attending selected events as outlined in the events section:

  • Estranged
  • Have caring responsibilities
  • From an armed forces family
  • From a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community.

Applicants from these groups will need to complete our progression scheme additional eligibility form below, to let us know, in order to be awarded UCAS points for event attendance.


Individuals who meet any of the above eight eligibility criteria have the opportunity to receive 8 UCAS points through attending the following events and completing any associated tasks:

  1. Two different outreach events, from a combination of one Open day, one Taster day, and one Progression Scheme workshop
  2. An Applicant Experience Day.

If you are involved in an extended outreach programme with the university, participation in all elements of this programme may count as your events for the 8 UCAS points. If you are unsure if you are already involved in a programme, please email  

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 2021 should have attended two of the events before 1st June 2021.

Please note, the June 2021 Open Day will not be classed as one of the two events for September 2021 entry.

During or following an event, you will be emailed an online form with a follow up activity to complete. You need to attend the event and complete any associated tasks by the given deadline, in order for the event to count for or towards the 8 UCAS points. If you are unsure whether the event had a task or you have any questions about the activity, please email

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 3 October 2020

Register now

Taster Days

Our next taster day will be announced soon.

Find out more

Outreach workshops

We run regular sessions throughout the year. 
Please click below to see our events for September 2020 - December 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

  • 01274 232001
Emma Thomason, UK/EU Recruitment Officer at the University of Bradford