We use contextual data to help us identify applicants for additional consideration in our admissions process.
The University of Edinburgh is committed to widening access and welcomes applications from students with diverse backgrounds.
We recognise that not everyone has an equal opportunity to demonstrate their full academic potential from their school or college qualifications alone. For this reason, we aim to identify applicants who could benefit from additional consideration in the admissions process.
This is known as contextual admissions, as it enables us to consider your achievements in context.
How contextual admissions works
We use data from a number of sources along with information on the UCAS application to identify applicants for additional consideration in our admissions process. Applicants can be flagged as either ‘Context Plus’ or ‘Context’.
We assign the Context Plus flag to applicants who live in the United Kingdom and:
- attend a Lothians Equal Access Programme For Schools (LEAPS) Group 1 school; or
- attend a Schools for Higher Education Programme (SHEP) school; or
- live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20); or
- live in an area with an Acorn classification of 5; or
- are on the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP); or
- are on the University of Edinburgh Credit for Entry programme; or
- are care experienced
We prioritise applicants with the Context Plus flag for an offer. If you are flagged as Context Plus and have achieved, or are predicted to achieve, our minimum entry requirements, then, wherever possible, you will receive an offer at the minimum level.
If you are applying to an art or design programme that requires a portfolio and you are flagged Context Plus, you will receive additional credit at the portfolio assessment stage.
We assign the Context flag to applicants who live in the United Kingdom and:
- attend a LEAPS Group 2 school and are LEAPS eligible; or
- attend a UK school with below average attainment for either Scottish Highers, A Levels, or GCSEs; or
- live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 21-40% (SIMD40); or
- live in an area with an Acorn classification of 4
We prioritise applicants with the Context flag for an offer where there is competition for limited places. If you are flagged Context and have achieved, or are predicted to achieve, our typical entry requirements, then, wherever possible, you will receive an offer at the typical level.
We do not consider your ethnicity, gender, parental occupation, or if you attend a state or independent school, in our contextual admissions process.
Applications to Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
If you are applying to Medicine or Veterinary Medicine and your application is given either flag, you will receive additional credit in the application process.
Contextual data checker
If you would like to check whether or not your application will be flagged for additional consideration in our admissions process, you can use our contextual data checker.
You can contact our Widening Participation team for more information.