We are committed to ensuring that higher education is accessible to everyone, regardless of their background or experiences.

Our contextual admissions schemes are one of the ways we do this. 

What is contextual admissions?

Contextual admissions means that we use additional information to understand and recognise your potential to succeed at UEA. Using this insight, we could provide you with an offer with reduced entry requirements to study at UEA.

How could UEA apply contextual information to my application? 

If you are eligible for one of our contextual admissions schemes, you could be made an offer to study with us with lower entry requirements than the ones advertised on our website as our typical offer.

If you are applying for a course that requires an interview or audition, UEA may use contextual information as part of the screening process to decide who to invite to interview (please note that interviews are not guaranteed). To check if your course requires an interview, please use our course finder.

Our MBBS Medicine course (A100) does not use contextual data as part of the screening process.

Our schemes

If you are living in England and applying for an undergraduate course you may be eligible for contextual admissions through one of our schemes. You don’t need to do anything to be considered – our admissions team will process your contextual offer automatically, based on the data we and our partners already hold.

GCSE and subject requirements

All GCSE and subject requirements will remain for all contextual offers.

Frequently asked questions

There is no need to apply. We receive all of the information we need from your UCAS application, or from our Outreach team if you have taken part in one of the eligible activities.

You’ll find the data we use to make contextual offers on our 2023 and 2024 entry pages. We use a mixture of data on your school/college, individual circumstances and where you live & study to understand your potential to succeed.

When UEA receive your application from UCAS, we will review this to see if you are eligible for one of our schemes. If you are, you will either receive your offer from us with reduced grade requirements, or an invite to interview where we have used your contextual information to make this decision. In your offer we will let you know that your offer is a contextual one.

Yes! If you receive a contextual offer it means the university has recognised your potential to succeed at UEA, and have therefore been able to provide you with an offer of reduced entry requirements. 


If you have any questions about contextual admissions for 2023 entry, please contact the admissions team by calling +44 (0)1603 591515 or via Live Chat.