All applicants should be interested in finding out more about studying a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject at Durham University and finding out about what the University has to offer. As places are limited and highly sought after, we will use the eligibility and selection criteria to help us identify those applicants who we feel will benefit the most from the programme. Successful applicants are not required to choose Durham University through UCAS, however, one of the aims of the programme is to support students in their pursuit of a place at Durham University and we ask that applicants take this into consideration when choosing to apply.
You can participate in Levelling Up: Aspire Higher if you:
(*please click here for information to apply to study Maths at Durham)
(These requirements are based on the entry requirements for our equivalent undergraduate programmes. As Levelling Up: Aspire Higher is designed to support students who are aspiring to study Chemistry, Maths or Physics at university, it is important for us to make sure you will be able to meet such requirements further down the line);
Additionally, we may prioritise applicants meeting some of the following (please note, this list is in no particular order):
For further information see: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/analysis/yp/POLAR/ and http://acorn.caci.co.uk/
Note: we will identify POLAR and ACORN values using your home post code that you provide in your application form.
For care experience, the three months do not need to be consecutive and needn't be the three months immediately prior to Year 12.
By irreconcilably estranged we mean a student who has limited/sporadic or no contact with either of their biological/legally adopted parents. This includes living away from parents and receiving no emotional or financial support.
All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. If there is additional context pertaining to the above or any other form of educational disruption that you think may be relevant to your LU: AH application, please get in touch with us by email and/or encourage your teacher to include this as part of their verification.
Please see http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/index.html
Note: we will identify progression rates based on the school details you provide in your application form.
Additionally, we use school data available to us through the Higher Education Access Tracker (HEAT) to assess progression rates (e.g. POLAR 4 data).
These criteria are used to identify students with merit and potential who are currently under-represented in Higher Education and at Durham University. Additionally, as black and minority ethnic (BAME) applicants are underrepresented at Durham, and female students in STEM subjects, we particularly welcome applications to Levelling Up: Aspire Higher from BAME and female students.
Levelling Up: Aspire Higher also welcomes applications from disabled students and makes reasonable adjustments to facilitate access to all Levelling Up: Aspire Higher activities and the University.