Which Medical Schools Have Contextual Offers?

What are contextual admissions? Who is eligible to receive contextual offers? And where are they offered?

October 2021
Dhillon Hirani
Queen Mary UoL - 4th Year Medical Student

What are contextual admissions?

As well as through offering foundation programs (see our post on these here), some (but not all) medical schools in the UK also offer contextual admissions for their standard medicine course. These often include contextual offers which are slightly lowered A-level requirements to help those from under-represented backgrounds enter medicine.

Which medical schools have contextual offers?

The medicals schools that offer contextual admissions are listed below along with what they can offer candidates who meet their widening participation criteria. The criteria are very similar to that for foundation courses and, likewise, the type and number of criteria that need to be met can vary depending on the medical school (check the individual links).

For information on Foundation Year Courses (which usually have lower grade requirements) check out our article 'What Is A Medicine Foundation Course?'!

To give you an idea of the criteria used, here is a list collated from all medical schools:

It’s important to remember that often to receive these contextual offers you may need to ‘firm choice’ the respective medical school when you receive the offer. Be sure to check with the medical school if this is the case so that you are not disadvantaged.

Note: Along with meeting these criteria, individual medical schools often have their own widening participation programmes that are usually for students local to the university. Check as early as possible if you are eligible for any of these as they can offer even more benefits to your application!

Author: Dhillon Hirani

Editor: Allegra Wisking

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