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:
Additionally, we may prioritise applicants meeting some of the following criteria (please note, this list is in no particular order):
Note: we will identify progression rates based on the school details you provide in your application form.
Note: we will identify POLAR and ACORN values using your home postcode that 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 underrepresented in higher education and at Durham University. Additionally, as Black heritage applicants, and female students in some STEM subjects, are underrepresented at Durham, we particularly welcome applications to Levelling Up: Aspire Higher from Black students of African, Caribbean, or dual heritage, 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.