Eligibility Criteria

There are two steps to follow to see if you are eligible to apply for the Liverpool Scholars Programme. Please read them carefully. 

Step one:

In order to be eligible to apply for the Liverpool Scholars Programme students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be studying at one of the Widening Participation and Outreach Partner schools or colleges in Greater Merseyside
  • Be a Year 12 student currently studying two-year, Level 3 qualifications eg A Levels, BTEC etc
  • Have achieved at least five grade A*–B (9–6) at GCSE (or equivalent, eg GNVQ, BTEC certificate); if this does not include English Language and Mathematics you must have achieved at least a grade C (4) in these subjects
  • Be a Home/EU registered student or expect to be by the time they apply for higher education.

Step two:

Students must also meet at least two of the following criteria†:

  • Live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education or an area which has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation. This is defined by home postcode
  • Come from a home where neither parent attended university in the UK or abroad. (If one or more parent is currently studying their first degree, or graduated from their first degree within the last five years, an application will still be considered)
  • Be in receipt of or entitled to discretionary payments/16-19 bursary/Pupil Premium at school/college
  • Be in receipt of or entitled to free school meals, or have been entitled to them at a point in the last six years

Or alternatively meet the following:

  •  be living in, or have lived in, local authority care or be a young carer¥

However, if a student has experienced difficult personal circumstances that may have affected the likelihood of them going to university, we may still consider their application on a case by case basis. Please contact the Widening Participation and Outreach team on T: +44 (0) 151 794 4413 to discuss this.

Postcode Checker

You can check the eligibility of your postcode before you apply. Please enter your postcode below to see if you are able to apply for the Liverpool Scholars Programme:

Important Additional Information

¥ Those defined as living in, or who have lived in, local authority care are those who are being looked after by their local authority, either living with foster parents/other family members such as grandparents, at home with their parents under the supervision of social services, in a residential children’s home or in another residential setting such as school or secure unit, or someone who has experienced a period of three months in the care of the local authority within the last ten years.

Those defined as young carers are those who under the age of 18 who help look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. There is no time limit on the amount of care they provide for their dependents, this is just above and beyond what is normally expected.

† If students do not meet the prior attainment outlined in step 1 or at least two of the criteria outlined in step 2, but have experienced difficult family or individual circumstances that may affect their performance in exams or the likelihood of them going to university, their application may still be considered on an individual basis. Circumstances considered include, but are not limited to, students who are estranged/living independently from their families, those experiencing significant family issues or those students who have a disability/health condition which may have affected their educational achievements.

‡ A neighbourhood with low progression rates to higher education is defined by home postcodes which are in POLAR4 quintile 1 and 2. More information on the POLAR classification can be found at www.officeforstudents.org.uk/data-and-analysis/polar-participation-of-local-areas/.

An area which has a high level of financial, social or economic deprivation is defined by home postcodes which are in the 30% most deprived wards within the Index of Mass Deprivation (IMD). For more information on IMD please see www.gov.uk/government/statistics/english-indices-of-deprivation-2015.