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Want some advice about University?

The University of Brighton Compact is a partnership with over 50 schools and colleges in Sussex and beyond. Through Compact, the University is leading efforts to encourage participation in higher education.

Find out if your school/college is part of the Compact.
Even if your school isn’t a partner, you can still take advantage of some of the Compact resources below.

How can the Compact benefit me?

Students studying at Compact partner schools and colleges can benefit from workshops and impartial advice, no matter which university you plan on applying to.

If you are applying to the University of Brighton you will also qualify for extra benefits, including guaranteed offers or interviews on some of the courses. You could also be eligible for financial help with a Compact Plus bursary.

Make the most of the support and services that we offer

Compact provides impartial information, advice and guidance to help you make a strong application to university. Compact also offers events at your college and at the university, including:

  • talks and workshops with step-by-step advice on how to:
    • choose the right course
    • make a strong university application
    • write a personal statement that does you justice
  • advice on the student funding and finance system
  • advice and information for your parents or guardians

Mention Compact on your UCAS application

Make sure we know you are at a Compact college. When you add the University of Brighton as a choice on UCAS, you will be asked to enter details including the institution and course code. In the box marked further details you should enter either:

  • Compact – if you are studying at a Compact partner school or college
  • Compact Plus – if you have taken part in the Compact Plus programme

If we know you are a student at a Compact school or college we can check if you are eligible for a guaranteed interview or offer.

The Compact Plus programme

Not all students have the same opportunities, and for some people the transition from school or college to university is more challenging. To enable these students to go on to university we have developed the Compact Plus programme.

If you are eligible for the Plus programme you can receive enhanced support that includes priority access to:

  • taster lectures and workshops
  • summer and Saturday schools
  • opportunities to shadow our students
  • one-to-one support with writing your personal statement
  • help in preparing for interviews

If you go on to study at the University of Brighton you may also be eligible for a Compact Plus bursary and opportunities to work part-time for the university.

Am I eligible for the Compact Plus programme?

To join the Plus programme your school or college needs to be one of our Compact partners. You will be eligible for the Plus programme if you:

  • have a disability or learning difficulty
  • are currently in, or have been in, the care of a local authority
  • care for someone at home with a long-term illness or disability
  • have refugee or asylum seeker status in the UK

You will also be eligible if you meet two of these criteria:

  • your parents or guardians did not go to university
  • you were eligible for free school meals or you receive a 16-19 college bursary
  • you live in an area where fewer than the average number of people go to university (we will check this for you)
  • the main wage earner in your household is in groups 4-8 of the National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification (we will assess this when you fill out the application form)

We look at each application individually, so please let us know of any other circumstances you would like us to consider. To check your eligibility and get an application form contact the Compact Plus team at the University of Brighton: compactplus@brighton.ac.uk or 01273 641043.


Not at a Compact school or on the Compact Plus programme? – we can still help!

If you do not attend a Compact school/college, the University of Brighton and UCAS still has a range of resources and information to help you with your journey to university, no matter where you choose to study.

We have a great workbook, ‘A guide to university’, for students in Years 12 and 13 that we work with on the Compact Plus programme.This workbook helps them to think about the decisions they have and their next steps.  We have now shared this Compact Workbook with the Take OFF site so you can access this information and help too.

We also have some really useful web pages to help you with your application to university:

Making your application

Writing your personal statement

UCAS have a handy worksheet for you to use when writing your personal statement

Find out more about the Compact

For further information and advice contact:


01273 642813

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