Widening Access

Keele strives to be a place where learning, living and working is a positive experience for our entire community. We seek to ensure equality of opportunity to all our applicants with the potential and motivation to succeed, regardless of background. We also believe it’s important that our admissions policy is open and transparent in its use of qualifications and criteria for entry.

Alternative Offer Schemes

We operate a range of ‘alternative offer’ schemes with clear eligibility criteria.

UCAT grade 

Selection for interview for applicants with home fees status makes use of a UCAT grade and a personal statement grade. Additional points for the UCAT grade are available for applicants meeting eligibility criteria for adjusted offers and/or in receipt of a UCAT bursary. 

Steps2Medicine programme 

We also operate a Steps2Medicine programme for year-12 students in local partner schools and colleges who have significant indicators of disadvantage.  

Completion of this programme will entitle applicants who meet our academic and UCAT requirements to an interview and a reduced grade offer if successful at interview. Details of this programme and the eligibility criteria will be made available via participating schools and colleges. 

Steps2Medicine is part of a national scheme called UKWPMED (see below). Successful completion of Steps2Medicine will entitle eligible applicants to the same adjustments at other UKWPMED medical schools.

UKWPMED programmes 

Applicants to our A100 Medicine course who have completed UKWPMED programmes offered by other Medical schools who meet our academic and UCAT requirements are also entitled to an interview and a reduced grade offer if successful at interview.  

UKWPMED 2025 additional information

Applicants should indicate on their UCAS application which UKWPMED programme they have completed.  

Health Foundation Year route 

Applicants may also be eligible to apply for our Health Foundation Year route (A104) which has lower academic entry requirements.