Bristol Uni set to accept disadvantaged students with lower grades
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The University of Bristol is set to start accepting students with lower grades if they have attended schools with poor A-level results or come from a low-income family.
The university has announced it will be accepting pupils with up to two grades lower than the average offer if the pupil is attending a school that is in the bottom 40% for A-level results.
Local schools in Bristol are being promised five spaces for disadvantaged pupils, which will be reserved for pupils who the teachers feel have 'potential' rather than being based on a grade.
The project has been backed by the mayor of Bristol in the hope that it will make Bristol a 'fairer city'.
Students from low-income families are less likely to attend university and four times less likely to even apply than wealthier students. The project, dubbed The Bristol Project, is being launched in the hope to increase social mobility and increase the diversity of students attending university.
Pupils who have been in care, are the first in their family to go to university, are eligible for free school meals or have overcome some other obstacle meet the criteria for being classified as 'disadvantaged'.
The scheme is being launched at a catholic college in Bristol with the first pupils set to start their degrees in September 2017.