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PGCE Access Scholarship: Terms and Conditions 2016/17

This Scholarship is only available to full-time students and will only be awarded once for the duration of the course.

The scholarship is a £2,500 fee waiver.

Up to 20 scholarships will be allocated in mid-August to those who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must have firmly accepted an unconditional offer on a full time PGCert in Education course.
  • Must meet at least one of the following underrepresented criteria:
    • from a low participation neighbourhood
    • aged 25 or over
    • disability (including dyslexia)
    • Must be ordinarily resident in England (i.e. excludes those living in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland or EU, Overseas Territories, Gibraltar etc)

Where more applicants meet the criteria than there are scholarships available, the number of points scored from the under-represented criteria met will be taken into consideration. [See section 4 in these Terms and Conditions for details of points allocated to each under-represented criterion.]

1.  Eligibility

a. Those not eligible for this Scholarship

  • Students who pay overseas or Island fees.
  • Students who have made Brunel their Firm choice in Clearing or Adjustment.
  • Students who transfer from another institution.

b. Eligibility Definitions

Disabled

Those who declare a disability on their UCAS application and this has been verified by the University’s Disability and Dyslexia Service.

Mature

Those who are at least 21 years of age at the start of their course, except PGCE where mature applicants must be at least 25

Low participation neighbourhoods

Postcodes classified as ‘1’ by HESA – “those wards with the lowest participation”. For further information, see the HESA website www.hesa.ac.uk

c. Proof of Eligibility

  • Data will be collected from the UCAS/UTT application forms for information on disability, age and low participation neighbourhoods.
  • Evidence of Disabled Students Allowance will be required before any payment can be made to those awarded a scholarship/bursary  on the basis of a disability.

2.  Allocation 

2.1 Eligibility criteria are reviewed annually. 

2.2 Scholarships/bursaries are awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation. 

2.3 Students are considered for scholarships/bursaries using the information provided at the time of their application only and cannot be considered should their circumstances change during the course of their studies. Scholarships/bursaries cannot be backdated.

2.4 All successful students will be informed by email or letter at the beginning of September. 

2.5 PGCE Access will be awarded in August, following receipt of A-Level and degree results

2.6 Foundation year students will be considered for a scholarship/bursaries following successful completion of their foundation year. 

2.7 Deferred applicants will be considered for a scholarship/bursary in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application. 

2.8 The decision of the allocation panel is final. The University will not accept any appeals in respect of the decisions made by the Panel.

3.  Payment

The tuition fee will be reduced by £2,500.

Where a student has applied for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loan Company, they will be notified of the tuition fee waiver(s) in September.

3.1   Condition of Fee Waiver Application

  • Fee waiver will only be applied providing the student is enrolled at the University on a PGCE course.

4.  General Terms and Conditions

Weightings given to each of the under-represented criteria are as follows: 

Care leaver 

16

Low participation neighbourhoods

14

Mature (Undergraduate - over 21)

12

Mature (PGCE Access – over 25)

11

Low income

10

Local school

8

Disability

6

Low socio economic group

2

Parents with no HE qualification

1

5.  Withdrawal of a Scholarship/Bursary

5.1 The University reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship/bursary from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.

5.2 If a student changes to a different programme or to a different mode of study, their eligibility for a scholarship/bursary will be reviewed and the scholarship/bursary may be withdrawn e.g. to a course for which there is NHS funding.

5.3 Fee waivers applied at the start of an academic year as part/all of a scholarship/bursary entitlement will not be amended once the fee waiver has been processed. Any tuition fee liability remaining after fee waivers are applied would therefore be calculated in accordance with Student Financial Policy.

5.4 Periods of temporary withdrawal that result in repeat or extended periods of study are not supported by additional scholarship/bursary payments. Scholarship/bursary entitlement is for the maximum duration of each award and entitlement is not extended if overall course duration alters.

5.5 Should a student be suspended for any reason, scholarship/bursary payments would be withdrawn and consideration of reinstatement will be dependent on the disciplinary outcome.

5.6 Students who commence their studies and alter a course that involves starting again at level 1 will not normally be eligible for scholarship/bursary consideration against the new course.

Any queries relating to these terms and conditions should be addressed to the Admissions Office by emailing: scholarships@brunel.ac.uk