High Achievers' Scholarship

At BCU, we want to reward outstanding student success, and this starts before you even arrive at university. So, whatever your background, if you apply to BCU by the January UCAS deadline and go on to achieve 144 or more UCAS points, you will be eligible for a £1,000 scholarship to get your university life off to a flying start.

These points will be calculated from your main three qualifications. You will also need to have achieved five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above at the point of application in order to qualify.

There are no extra forms to fill in – just make your application by the January deadline and leave the rest to us.

Meet all of the following requirements to be eligible for the High Achievers' scholarship

  • Apply for an eligible programme via UCAS by 31 January 2024.

  • Are confirmed as a home fee payer.

  • Have achieved five GCSEs at grade 4 or above at the point of application, including Maths and English (course entry requirements will state whether English Language and/or English Literature are accepted).

  • Are awaiting results in summer 2024.

  • Meet any course-specific entry requirements, e.g., passing an interview, submitting a portfolio, or achieving qualifications in a specific subject, and achieve 144 or more points from your qualifications.



Which courses are eligible for the High Achievers' Scholarship?

The High Achievers' Scholarship scheme is for students applying to undergraduate courses (BA, BSc, LLB, MSci), except the following:

  • Sub-degree courses such as Foundation Year entry, Foundation Degrees and HNC/HND
  • Courses delivered by BCU partners
  • Fast-track/accelerated degrees
  • Part-time courses
  • Professional Practice/CPD courses
  • Short courses (credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing)
  • Apprenticeships
  • Distance learning/online courses

Which qualifications will count towards my tariff points?

Your tariff points will be calculated from your three main qualifications, achieved in summer 2024. Combinations of different qualifications will not count towards your tariff points for the scholarship.

You will need to achieve 144 or more UCAS points from one of the following:

  • A Levels x 3
  • BTEC Extended Diploma
  • T Levels
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • UAL Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma
  • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher)

Please note that results from resits will also not count towards your tariff points for the scholarship; to be eligible, your 144+ points must be achieved from qualifications you’re taking for the first time.

Your results will need to be evidenced through UCAS or through copies of your original qualification certificates.


I’m eligible for the Accelerate scheme – can I receive both scholarships?

You can only receive one scholarship. If you accept the High Achievers' Scholarship, you won’t be required to attend one of our Accelerate days to receive the funding.

To obtain the High Achievers' scholarship, you must gain 144 points or more from your qualifications as set out in the section above.


Which academic year does this apply to?

Our Accelerate scheme and High Achievers' Scholarship are available for those starting in the 2024/25 academic year – joining courses in September 2024 or January 2025.

It will not be possible to defer your Accelerate offer or High Achievers’ Scholarship.


When will I know if I have received the High Achievers' Scholarship?

You will receive an email confirming your scholarship once we have received your results.


When will I receive my scholarship?

The £1,000 will be paid into your bank account in three instalments during your first year of study. The first instalment will be paid at the end of December.