University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) uses the information provided in your UCAS application to fairly evaluate your chances of succeeding during your studies with us. We ensure that we use more than just your grades and predicted grades to consider whether you will benefit and thrive from our study experience. This is known as ‘Contextual Admissions’.
The additional context we gain through analysis of this data supports us in recognising your achievements to date and this helps us identify your potential to succeed.
UWTSD is committed to widening access and ensuring that those with the potential to succeed are encouraged to apply to study with us.
How we use contextual data
Every application is considered on an individual basis and the information we use is obtained from your UCAS application.
To identify whether you qualify for a contextual offer, the following information will be taken into consideration:
1. Your home postcode is in a Low Participation Neighbourhood
If you are identified as being in POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 you will qualify for a contextual offer.
The information provided to us by UCAS enables us to identify if you currently live in a postcode assigned to the lowest POLAR4 quintile. Please check the Office for Students's register to see if your postcode is within POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2.
2. First generation to attend Higher Education
If you are the first generation of your family to enter Higher Education, you will qualify for a contextual offer. This information is provided to us by UCAS, as part of your application form.
3. You have been in care or have been looked after for three months or more
If you have been in care or have been looked after for three months or more, you will qualify for a contextual offer.
This information is provided on your UCAS application, so it is important that you declare this when applying.
What offer will I receive if I receive a contextual offer?
If you qualify for a contextual offer, you will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that course or will have this taken into consideration when results are released, meaning that we may be able to accept you even if you marginally fail to achieve your predicted grades.
The use of contextual data enables us to fairly identify that you can succeed on your chosen programme at UWTSD, and this means that we can confidently make you an offer at a lower grade.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We take your whole application into account when making and confirming offers. During the application process, we will consider your personal statement to identify your motivations for studying with us, your reference, and your predicted grades. Using contextual admissions enables us to use and consider further information when making or confirming your offer. We build a picture of who you are in order to be sure that you can thrive at UWTSD.
If you apply via UCAS, in addition to your predicted grades, personal statement and reference, we will also consider the factors listed below:
- If you live in an area of disadvantage or an area with lower progression to Higher Education (POLAR 4 quintile 1 or 2). This data will be gathered from the home postcode submitted as part of your UCAS application.
- If you are within the first generation of your immediate family (parents, step-parents, guardians) to apply to undertake a Higher Education qualification. This data is gathered as part of your UCAS application.
- If you have been in public care for three months or more. This data is gathered as part of the UCAS application.
- If you meet any of these criteria, UWTSD can make you a contextual offer or you will have this taken into consideration when results are released, meaning that we may be able to accept you even if you marginally fail to achieve your predicted grades.
We gather data about each factor from your UCAS application. It is important to carefully complete these sections to ensure we have the most accurate information available to consider.
You can check if your postcode falls into Quintile 1 or Quintile 2 on the register of the Office for Students.
No. We will gather the information we need from your UCAS application
Please email email@example.com if you need to provide further details to your application. It is important that you also contact UCAS and ask them to update your application with the missing information.
If we have already made you an offer, we will revisit your application to check that you have the correct offer.
No. Some courses have requirements imposed by professional bodies and we are unable to make or confirm offers lower than the standard offer. A list of programmes that do not qualify for contextual offers can be found below.
Institute of Management and Health (IMH)
- Sport and Exercise Science (BSc)
- Outdoor Adventure Education (BA)
- Sport and Exercise Therapy (BSc)
- Health, Nutrition and Lifestyle (BSc)
Insitute of Education and Humanities (IEH)
- Primary Education with QTS (BA)
- Addysg Gynradd gyda SAC (BA)
- Youth Work and Social Education
- Work with Young People (BA)
- Youth Work and Social Education (MA) (ETS Endorsed)
Wales Insitute Science and Art (WISA)
- Fine Art: Studio Site and Context (BA)
- Photography in the Arts (BA)
- Surface Pattern and Textiles (MDes, BA)
- Film & TV (BA)
- Graphic Design (BA)
- Creative Advertising (BA)
- Illustration (BA)
- Design Crafts (MDes, BA)
- Product and Furniture Design (BSc, BA)
- Automotive & Transport Design (BA)
- Art and Design (MRes)
- Architecture (BSc)
- Acting (BA)
- Adventure Filmmaking (BA)
- Applied Drama: Education, Wellbeing, Community (BA, CertHE)
- Set Design and Production (BA)
- Musical Theatre (BA)
- Perfformio (BA)
- Advanced Vocal Studies (MA)
- Vocal Performance (BMus)
If you have been identified as eligible for a contextual offer, this will be made clear to you in the offer letter sent from UWTSD.
Unfortunately, contextual offers cannot be made to international students.
We can only issue contextual offers to UCAS applicants as the information is captured on the UCAS application.
Firstly, check that your course qualifies for contextual offers. If your course is not excluded, it may be that you are predicted to comfortably meet the standard entry criteria. If this is the case, we have made you the standard offer.
However, if you do not obtain the grades required, we will review and prioritise your application, considering the contextual data on your UCAS application.
No, we can only make contextual offers to students that apply to study directly with UWTSD. Our partner colleges have their own admissions policies and procedures.
At UWTSD we ensure that every applicant is treated as an individual and this means that you may find that offers can differ between individuals. If you wish to discuss your own offer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org