Who can take part in Lancaster Access Programme?

Lancaster Access Programme is a targeted initiative delivered by Lancaster's Outreach and Student Success team. Therefore, students are required to meet the following academic and widening participation (WP) criteria in order to apply.


Academic criteria

Applicants must be capable of achieving one of the academic criteria listed below:

  • Years 9 – 11: Students must be predicted and ‘on track’ to achieve a minimum of five GCSEs at Level 4 or above, including English Language and Maths
  • Years 12 - 13: Students must be predicated and ‘on track’ to achieve a minimum of BBB at A Level or equivalent. In addition, students must have achieved five GCSEs at Level 4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Widening Participation (WP) criteria

Applicants must meet all of the ‘essential criteria’ outlined below:

  1. Attend a non-selective state school or college
  2. Live in a Low Participation Neighbourhood (check your home postcode below)
  3. Entitled to free school meals, pupil premium or from a household with an income of £30,000 or less

Additionally, students must meet one or more of the ‘priority criteria’ provided below:

  • The first in their family to attend university (neither parent obtained a university degree except as a mature student)
  • From a certain minority ethnic group
  • Have a disability, mental health problem, Specific Learning Difficulties or be on the autism spectrum
  • A care leaver or in care
  • Estranged from their family
  • A young carer (under the age of 18 who looks after a family member or relative);
  • From a gypsy or Traveller community
  • A refugee or asylum seeker
  • From a military family
  • A mature student (completing A Level or BTEC qualifications)

Check your postcode

The tool below allows you to identify if you live in a Low Participation Neighbourhood, to be eligible to take part in Lancaster Access Programme.

*Postcode e.g. LA1 4YW

Your postcode shows you do live in a Low Participation Neighbourhood and you are eligible to take part in Lancaster Access Programme.

This postcode does not fall within a Low Participation Neighbourhood and you would not be eligible to take part in Lancaster Access Programme.

There are a range of other events and activities run by Lancaster University you may be able to take part in, details of these can be found here: Access activities at Lancaster.

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Need a hand? Let us know

If you are unsure if you meet these criteria, or wish to discuss them in any further detail, please get in touch by email on outreach@lancaster.ac.uk or calling 01524 595232.