Contextualised admissions is the use of the information and data about an applicant to assess their prior attainment and potential in the context of their individual circumstances, such as their educational opportunities or personal factors.
Contextual data includes information about the size of the population that enters higher education in the student’s neighbourhood and the past performance of your school or college. Contextual information relates to the individual applicant’s circumstances, such if you have participated in any widening participation activities or if you have been in care.
Queen Mary has a long-standing commitment to widening participation and fair access. We are a diverse and inclusive community and welcome students from all backgrounds who have the ability and potential to succeed on our academic programmes. Admissions selectors use contextual data and information to form a complete view of your attainment and potential when deciding whether to make you an offer of a place.
Admissions selectors may consider the following information when making a selection decision:
Academic schools determine their policy on the use of contextual data and information annually. Each application will be considered on its individual merits. In taking contextual data and information into account, the admissions selector may make one of the following decisions (this list is not exclusive):
If you are applying to the School of Medicine and Dentistry, the following information will be considered when determining whether you should be invited for interview:
The Pathways to Law is a two year fully funded programme aimed at bright state school students in years 12 and 13 who are interested in pursuing a career in law. Successful candidates taking part in the Pathways to Law programme will be made a reduced offer of AAA for our single honours LLB programmes.
The School of Geography’s Stepping Stones scheme involves a mentoring programme with three local partner schools. If you have successfully completed the Stepping Stones scheme and you receive an offer from QMUL, the conditions of your offer will be two grades lower than the standard offer (currently ABB).
Those undertaking the Realising Opportunities scheme will receive additional consideration when applying to Queen Mary University of London through UCAS. This is dependent on meeting all other admissions criteria. Alternative offers recognising the successful completion of the scheme will be for up to two A-Level grades or equivalent below our standard offer. We may specify minimum grades in particular A level or IB Higher Level subjects depending on the course entry requirements.
Additional criteria applies to RO applicants to Law and Medicine and Dentistry programmes.