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Contextual Admissions

Point Blank is committed to making higher education accessible to everyone. We therefore encourage applications from all students regardless of background and circumstance. We want to see applications from all students with the potential to succeed. That's why we consider additional contextual information on an individual basis as part of our assessment of your application.

What are Contextual Admissions?

We recognise that some students have challenging circumstances that can impact negatively on grades so we use a range of measures, in addition to academic qualifications, to help our admissions team understand the context of our applicants’ achievements.

We want you to succeed

Contextual Admissions enables us to consider your achievements in the context of your background and living circumstances to level out the playing field. This ensures that we are being as fair as possible when making you an offer to study with us. So how does it work? The information we need to make a decision is provided within your application form. We look at whether:

  • You live in an area of disadvantage or with low progression into higher education (UK students under the age of 21). To find out if you fall into this category use the postcode look-up tool to see whether you qualify
  • Your school or college has performed below the national average over multiple years (UK students under the age of 21)
  • You have been in care for more than three months
  • You hold refugee status

So, what can a Contextual Admissions offer do for you?

It means your application can be considered even if you do not meet the standard entry requirements. So, if your predicted grades are within three grade points of our minimum entry criteria (BBC) you could be made a reduced offer of CCD:

  • This will apply if you meet any of the criteria (look at the four points above)
  • This is usually one grade lower than the standard entry requirements.
  • You would still need to successfully complete any additional selection requirements such as an interview or admissions test.

How do I apply?

You don't need to apply for Contextual Admissions, we receive all the information we need directly from your application form when you apply to study with us at Point Blank.

You can, however, help us by giving all the information needed on your application. For example, give us your full information and please specify If you've spent time in care or have refugee status. This will help us identify all the support you may be eligible for, including contextual offers.

For students who don’t meet a Contextual Admissions offer

There are many ways in which we want to help our applicants, so if you are a talented musician, and your predicated grades are below our minimum entry criteria - we could still consider your application.

We focus heavily on the potential of our students and not all predictions are a true reflection of talent and future promise. Therefore, if the entry requirements for your chosen course are BBC and your predicted grades are BCC, we could still make you an offer.

Confirmation and Clearing

If you have received an offer from Point Blank but haven’t quite met the conditions of your offer, don’t worry. At confirmation (this is the time when your results are with the Admissions team) you may be reassessed and given an offer through our internal Clearing process.

Apply today - we are always here to help, so if you have any questions contact us and we’ll help you through the application process.