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The 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.

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 here

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 invovled 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:

The University was successful in winning £700,000 to launch an innovative postgraduate course to meet the national shortage of artificial intelligence and data science specialists. The funding will help to provide sixty scholarships, each worth £10,000, for students attending the University’s MSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics course aiming to attract graduates underrepresented in this sector (including female students, black students, disabled students, refugees and students from areas identified as traditionally low participation groups). To find out more about this course visit the course page . (Please note: This postgraduate course is not eligible for The Progression Scheme)

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:

If you are an Adult learner, from a low participation neighbourhood, a refugee/asylum seeker or a care leaver you will automatically be identified as eligible for the lower offer through information provided on your UCAS application form, so please make sure you complete all sections on your UCAS application. 

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 school/college evidencing that you care 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 ‘Polar 4 Quintile’ result of 1 or 2, based on their postcode, will be eligible for the Progression Scheme.


Individuals who meet any of the above eight eligibility criteria have the opportunity to receive an additional 8 UCAS points (maximum deduction of 16 points in total) by attending an open day OR a virtual open event in combination with a progression scheme workshop

After the workshop you must complete a task, which will be sent to you via e-mail.

Please note, for applicants, who are aiming to start their course in September 2022, to qualify for their additional 8 points deduction, they must have attended all events and completed their task before the 1st June 2022.

If you have any questions about upcoming events and workshops please e-mail 



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

Outreach workshops

We run regular sessions throughout the year. 
Please click below to see our upcoming events.

Find an event and register

Excluded programme

Please note that the Certificate of Foundation Studies Clinical Sciences/Medicine 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