Contextual Admissions Criteria for Welsh Government Commissioned Healthcare Courses

In partnership with the Welsh Government commissioners of healthcare courses Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), additional contextual admissions information will also be considered for applicants applying for one of the following courses via UCAS.  

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (All fields: Adult, Child, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health)
  • BSc (Hons) Midwifery
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
Nursing

In the first instance and in line with the USW contextual admissions policy, we will use the data already captured within your application to ascertain whether you meet the contextual admissions criteria below

  • if you live in an area of disadvantage (WIMD20) or an area with lower progression to Higher Education (POLAR 4 data). This data will be gathered from the applicants' home postcodes.  You can view your home address WIMD ranking at WIMD (dataunitwales.gov.uk)
  • if you are within the first generation of your immediate family (parents, step-parents, guardians) to apply to undertake a Higher Education qualification. 
  • Note: It is important that you include this information within the application as that is the source used to gather this information.
  • if you have been in public care for three months or more. 
  • Note: It is important that you include this information within the application as there are two fields used as the source used to gather this information. 
  • ADDITIONAL if you have a disability. 
    Note: It is important that you include this information within the application as that is the source used to gather this information.

Following receipt of your application, we will also email you and request the following additional information:

  • ADDITIONAL if you are a carer (someone who provides unpaid care to an adult or disabled child.  The cared person may be a family member of a friend who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.)
  • ADDITIONAL if you are BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic)

Taking all of these into account, we may be able to consider making you a lower offer or we will take these factors into account when we receive your final grades and are confirming your place.