All of our Widening Participation and Outreach programmes are funded by the RVC’s Widening Participation funds, to support learners who are under-represented at RVC.

In order to be eligible for our Widening Participation activities, you must meet the essential criteria. You will be more likely to be selected if you meet a number of additional criteria.

Essential Criteria

You must meet the following criteria to apply for a Widening Participation programme at the RVC:

  • You must attend a state-funded (non-fee paying) school or college in the UK
  • You must be interested in studying or working with animals or biology in the future
  • You must have the academic potential to attain the entry requirements for the courses offered at the RVC (e.g. at least CCC at A Level)

Additional Criteria

You are more likely to be selected for a Widening Participation programme at the RVC if you meet a number of the following criteria (we'll check them with you when you apply):

  • You attend a non-selective state school
  • You attend a school with low average attainment levels
  • You would be in the first generation of your family to attend university
  • Your parents/carers are in non-professional jobs
  • You are or have been eligible for Free School Meals or Pupil Premium funding
  • You live in a neighbourhood where few people go to university/higher education, or a neighbourhood with high levels of deprivation
  • You are a forced migrant, asylum seeker or refugee
  • You are a young carer
  • You are estranged from your family (this means that you have no contact with either of your parents)
  • You are care-experienced (e.g. have been in foster care)
  • You are a disabled student
  • You are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background

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