This page is about the eligibility criteria for Headstart Huddersfield.

 

To be eligible you must:

  • Be living permanently in the UK and eligible to pay ‘Home’ fees.
  • Be taking or already hold Level 3 qualifications or equivalent to enable progression to higher education.
  • Be considering applying to a full-time undergraduate degree programme at the University of Huddersfield.
  • Not already hold a Higher Education Qualification.
  • Not be studying an Access to HE or foundation qualification.
  • Not be studying or have passed the Progression Module.
  • For under 21 students only - Have entered or be entering Year 13/year 2 of a Level 3 programme in September of this year.
  • Register for Headstart before submitting a UCAS application.
  • Record Headstart on your UCAS application in order for the 8 points to be recognised.

You must also meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • You are a mature student over the age of 21, returning to full time study.
  • You are the first generation in your immediate family to apply to go to university.
    • You are eligible if your parents have not previously completed a higher education course. This does not include HE courses undertaken whilst you were in secondary education or any work-based, Open University or part time HE study that your parents undertook.
  • You are from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • You are in receipt of 16-19 Bursary Fund or Discretionary Learner Support. 
  • You have ever been eligible to receive free school meals in the last 6 school years.
    • If you were entitled to free school meals, whether you claimed them or not, you are eligible under this criteria.
  • You attend or have attended a school which achieved below the national average Attainment 8 score at GCSE.
  • You live in a geographical area with low progression to higher education.
  • You are Care Experienced.
  • You entered the UK as an asylum seeker and have been granted asylum. 
  • You are estranged from your parents.
    • You are estranged from your parents if you have not had verbal or written contact with both of your biological, adoptive parents or your only living parent for a significant period of time and your estrangement is irreconcilable. Further details are available here: http://standalone.org.uk/guides/student-guide/#independent-status
  • You are a young carer.
    • A Young Carer has sole or shared responsibility, unpaid, to care for a friend or family member who has an illness, disability, mental health illness or addiction who couldn’t manage without their support.
  • You have a disability, long-standing medical condition, a learning difficulty or mental health issue. 
  • You are from a military service family, or you are a military veteran or service leaver.
  • You are from a Gypsy, Traveller, Roma, Showman or Boater (GTRSB) community.
  • Your studies have been disrupted by circumstances in your personal life.
    • The adverse circumstances must be unforeseeable or unpreventable as far as the learner is concerned, and sufficiently disruptive to have a significant adverse effect on academic performance.