Explaining contextual flags

Applications are automatically flagged when they come into our system from UCAS which means you don’t need to apply for contextual data.

The following flags are applied:

WP Flag

A WP flag will be applied if you meet our postcode criteria (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or Acorn category 4 or 5).

WP Plus Flag

A WP Plus flag will be applied if you meet our postcode criteria AND one of your schools is flagged as having performed below the national average. This flag is also applied if you have experience of being in local authority care for more than three months.

2022 cycle

For the 2022 cycle, applicants with refugee status and those who have been in care for more than three months will receive a separate flag.

Check your eligibility

Use our eligibility tools to see if you would receive a flag and what, if any, additional consideration you would receive.  Each tool is specific for a particular cycle because the data we use changes from year to year.