Meet or Beat scholarship

Meet or Beat Scholarship

Special Unconditional Offer Scholarship Scheme

We want all our students to achieve their full potential. So, if you receive a Special Unconditional Offer from BCU and then go on to Meet or Beat our published entry requirements, you could be eligible for a £1,000 scholarship.

Whether you use it to get a new laptop, kit for your course, or anything else you want to spend it on, it’s up to you – we just we want to reward you for your hard work. 

Heard enough? Why not view our courses or book on to our next Open Day! Or if you want to find out more details, read on.

Terms and Conditions

Who is eligible for the £1,000 Meet or Beat predicted grades scholarship scheme?
  • To be eligible for the scholarship your predicted grades from your school or college must be equal to or above our published entry requirements, enabling you to receive a Special Unconditional Offer from BCU.
  • The £1,000 scholarship is available if you're a home student (domiciled in the UK) for fee status purposes and applying to study at Birmingham City University in September 2019, January 2020, September 2020 or January 2021.
  • To be eligible you must pass any mandatory interview or portfolio review stage which forms part of the course selection process.
  • You are applying for entry to the first year (Year 1) of an Honours degree course at BCU

To access the scholarship, you need to:

  1. Apply to Birmingham City University before 30 June 2019*
  2. Receive a Special Unconditional Offer
  3. Select Birmingham City University as ‘Firm’ on UCAS track 
  4. Achieve or exceed (Meet or Beat) our published entry requirements

What is a Special Unconditional Offer?

It is an offer made to a student who is:

  • Applying to university in the current cycle.
  • Studying for courses that they have yet to complete and are yet to receive results for within the academic year in which they are studying (e.g. BTEC, A-level, International Baccalaureate).
  • And who have been given predicted grades from their school or college that are anticipated to meet BCU's entry requirements.

Who is NOT eligible for the £1,000 BCU Meet or Beat predicted grades scholarship scheme?

The £1,000 scholarship is not applicable if you are:

  • Domiciled outside of the UK – including the European Union.
  • Studying Access qualifications or other qualifications where predicted grades are not provided.
  • Applying to Foundation Year degrees (year 0).
  • Not holding the required Level 2 (e.g. GCSE) qualifications for the course to which you are applying.
  • Already holding qualifications at the point of application from prior to the relevant academic year – e.g. if you secured A-level or BTEC qualifications in 2018 or earlier, you are not eligible for the scholarship.
  • Currently studying a Foundation Year at BCU or any other institution.
  • Anyone who does not already hold the mandatory level two qualifications.
  • Applying to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, except those applying for Applied Theatre and Stage Management courses.
  • Someone who declines a Special Unconditional Offer or who selected BCU as an Insurance choice instead of a Firm choice on UCAS Track.
  • Someone applying to study a small number of undergraduate programmes where Special Unconditional Offers are not possible due to regulatory requirements for minimum qualifications – meaning that any form of unconditional offer is not possible because a student will not only have to satisfy BCU’s entry requirements but those of a regulatory body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council or General Teaching Council. The full list of these excluded courses are: Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Primary Education, Radiotherapy, Diagnostic Radiography, Physical Education and School Sport, Sport and Exercise Nutrition, Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Medical Ultrasound, Speech and Language Therapy, Operating Department Practice, Social Work, Secondary Science (Biology) Education with QTS, Secondary Computing with QTS, and Secondary PE with QTS.

How is the scholarship paid?
  • Upon enrolling at BCU for the relevant academic year, the £1,000 will be paid into your bank account in three instalments during the first year of study.
  • If you are in debt to the University for your fees, the scholarship will not be paid in cash but instead it will be credited to their student account in three instalments.
  • You will have to have provided BCU with accurate bank account details in order to receive the scholarship.

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*Dates for 2020 and future applications TBC.