Contextual offers

At Bristol we want to attract students from all backgrounds as we believe a student community that reflects our society will benefit everyone.

What is a contextual offer?

Our contextual offer is a grade reduction of up to two grades below the standard entry requirements. We make contextual offers to those from backgrounds who are historically less likely to come to Bristol.

Once here, data shows that our contextual offer students achieve above average academically.

Details of our standard and contextual offer entry requirements are available on course pages. Search our courses.

Could I get a contextual offer?

You may be eligible for a contextual offer if one of the following statements applies to you:

Queen's square in Bristol on a sunny day. Financial support

Check whether you are eligible for the University of Bristol Bursary or our Accommodation Bursary. For a full list of funding support visit our funding search tool.

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Get a feel for life at Bristol at an upcoming event. If you receive an offer, you’ll also be invited to an offer holders' event for a deeper insight into your course.

The University currently makes contextual offers to applicants who meet one or more of these criteria and are taking A-levels or the International Baccalaureate diploma. Contextual offer levels for these qualifications are stated on each course entry in our course finder.

How to apply

Apply to us through UCAS. If you meet any of the criteria outlined above, you’ll be automatically considered.   

What next?

Search our full list of funding support and check if you are eligibile. Access our virtual resources to explore university learning from home and hear about our outreach opportunities.

If you have any queries relating to contextual offers, please contact the Enquiries Team on +44 (0) 117 394 1649 or

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