Aston Ready at a glance

For 2019 entry, we’re introducing Aston Ready. It’s our contextual offer scheme that could reduce your undergraduate offer by one or two grades. Assessed at the point of application, there are no additional forms to fill in.

The criteria you have to meet

To receive an Aston Ready offer, you will need to meet one of the following criteria:

Live in a low participation neighbourhood (POLAR 3, quintile 1) AND be applying from a School/College in England  listed as eligible for Aston Ready.  You can check if your home address is eligible here and looking for '1' in 'POLAR3 young participation quintile 1(low) - 5(high)'. Please note that you must meet both the postcode and school/college criteria to qualify.  


Complete the Aston Progression Pathways (APP) programme.  If you have completeted the APP programme, you will need to email Aston Outreach with your UCAS number at the point that you submit your UCAS application form to ensure that you are made an Aston Ready offer.


Have spent time in local authority care. To qualify for a contextual offer applicants will need to declare that they are a care leaver on their UCAS form.  We would normally also expect the applicant’s referee to confirm that the applicant is a care leaver.

If you are accepted onto the scheme, you will receive both a standard offer and a lower Aston Ready contextual offer. Typically, the Aston Ready contextual offer will be one or two grades lower than the standard offer. For example, ABB will become BBC. In order to qualify for the lower Aston Ready Offer you will need to place Aston as your firm (CF) choice via UCAS.

Please note that BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology), MBChB Medicine and the Foundation Year are not eligible for Aston Ready. Find out more about widening participation at Aston Medical School.

What else you get

If you receive a contextual offer from Aston University there are a number of support mechanisms available to you. These will include study skills sessions, academic writing sessions and support with personal statements via your school or college if they are eligible.

If you have any questions about the scheme, give us a call 0121 204 3000, email or you can view frequently asked questions about contextual offers.