Use of contextual offer grades in law admissions - 2015 to 2019

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John Dimitroulopoulos

Dear University of Leeds,

Please provide the following data in relation to all of your undergraduate law courses (i.e. any course with course code M1**) for the following admissions cycles:

2015/16
2016/17
2017/18
2018/19

1. Whether the university currently operates a ‘contextual offers’ policy where law applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds are, subject to meeting certain criteria, eligible to be made a lower grade offer than applicants who do not meet such criteria;

2. If such a policy is in place, the A-level or IB grades that typically make up this lower ‘contextual offer’ (for example, AAA instead of A*AA);

3. The number of ‘contextual offers’ made to applicants to all law-related courses throughout these four admissions cycles (for example, 4 in 2015/16, 2 in 2016/17, etc).

Yours faithfully,

John Dimitroulopoulos

Freedom of Information, University of Leeds

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Tracey Crombie,

Dear Mr Dimitroulopoulos

 

Further to your FOI request, please see below:

 

Contextual data Law programmes University of Leeds

 

1.       Whether the university currently operates a ‘contextual offers’
policy where law applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds are, subject to
meeting certain criteria, eligible to be made a lower grade offer than
applicants who do not meet such criteria;

 

A2L - The UoL operates an ‘Access to Leeds (A2L)’ scheme. Eligible
candidates either self-identify (Route 1) or are selected from WP
information that is gathered from the UCAS application (Route 2) See
[1]www.leeds.ac.uk/A2L

 

ROP – the School of Law also participates in the Realising Opportunities
scheme where qualifying applicants also receive an alternative offer
equivalent to 2 A level grades below the standard offer. See
[2]http://www.realisingopportunities.ac.uk/

 

2.       If such a policy is in place, the A-level or IB grades that
typically make up this lower ‘contextual offer’ (for example, AAA instead
of A*AA);

 

Typically the A2L offer is equivalent to 2 A level grades below standard
offer.  We will apply an alternative offer to other WP applicants
presenting IB, however, we have not had any WP IB candidates for several
years.

 

Our A level requirement for Law programmes is AAA the alternative offer is
ABB+A2L.  With a similar formula applied to the standard IB requirement of
35 (6,6,5 at Higher level).

 

3.       The number of ‘contextual offers’ made to applicants to all
law-related courses throughout these four admissions cycles (for example,
4 in 2015/16, 2 in 2016/17, etc).

 

The faculty does not retain information for the 2015/16 cohort, I’ve
included offers made to date for 2019/20 cohort.

 

Year Number of offers (UK/EU) Numbers of Alternative /
Contextual offers
2015/16 n/a n/a
2016/17 2744 270
2017/18 3553 420
2018/19 3504 422
2019/20 (to date) 4307 505

 

 

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Tracey Crombie
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University of Leeds
LS2 9JT
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Fax:  0113 343 3925

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