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Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2017/18

This scholarship is only available to full-time students and will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to meeting progression requirements, regardless of the reason for repeating a level.

30 scholarships will be allocated conditionally in March, based on predicated grades, prior to September entry, to those applicants who completed the scholarship application form by 12 March 2017 and who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must meet the entry criteria for a programme of study within the scholarship scheme for the year of entry.
  • Must achieve one of the following qualifications and grades:
    • 3 A-Levels with grades AAA or above
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma with 34 points or above
    • 3 Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AAA
    • Higher Irish Leaving Certificate from 5 subjects with grades H2, H2, H2, H2, H3 under the new grading system and AAAAB under the old grading system.
    • BTEC Extended Diploma with grades D*D*D*
    • Equivalent of 3 A-Levels grade AAA from a recognised EU qualification, see appendix 1 of these terms and conditions for details.

(UCAS tariff equivalencies or combinations of qualifications will not be accepted)

  • Must have submitted a completed scholarship application by 12 March 2017.
  • Must make Brunel University London their firm choice through UCAS by 20 July 2017.
  • Predicated grades will be assessed at the time of scholarship allocation.

The scholarship will be in the form of £6,000 cash or fee waiver, each year for a maximum of three years, provided that the progression criteria, as shown in section 3 of these Terms and Conditions, have been met. A separate scholarship is available during the placement year for those who meet the criteria.

Scholarships will be allocated conditionally to those applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and who are selected by the College scholarship awarding panels as being the strongest applicants, as demonstrated through their predicted grades, scholarship and UCAS applications.

Holders of the scholarships will be expected to act as role models for the University and to contribute to the life of the University. By accepting a scholarship/bursary the student is agreeing to become a Student Ambassador for the University. As a student ambassador, students will be expected to participate occasionally in various activities to help promote the University. This might for example include hosting tours of the campus and its facilities, providing administrative support at Open Days, participating in social media and other marketing activity. In addition holders of the scholarship may be invited to events, such as receptions, and there is an expectation that they take part in these.

1.  Eligibility

Those not eligible for this scholarship:

  • Students who have made Brunel their Firm choice in Clearing or Adjustment.
  • Students who transfer from another institution.
  • Those on the final year of the MEng or MMath or MMath in Financial Mathematics (where a fee waiver will be applied).
  • Those on a Foundation year. Foundation year students will be considered for a scholarship/bursary following successful progression into year 1.
  • All scholarships and bursaries will be considered and awarded in year 1 of the course only, with the exception of the Care Leaver Bursary, which will be awarded in Year 0.
  • Applicants entering the University in Year 2/Level 2 will not be considered for any scholarship or bursary, with the exception of the Care Leaver Bursary.

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 Only one scholarship/bursary can be paid to any one student in any one year with the exception of the Care Leaver and the David Sands Civil Engineering Scholarship.

2.5 Undergraduate Academic Excellence scholarships will be awarded conditionally in March and confirmed in early September, following receipt of A-Level results.

2.6 Foundation year students will be considered for a scholarship/bursary 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 student can elect from the following two options, subject to meeting annual progression criteria:

(a) £6000 will be paid in three instalments in each year of a full time course up to a maximum of three years (or for three years of a sandwich course). The Scholarship will not be paid during the placement year of a sandwich course.

(b) The tuition fee will be reduced by £6,000 for each year of a full time course, up to a maximum of three years and for three years of a sandwich course i.e. excluding the placement year, subject to the student meeting annual progression criteria.

Successfully awarded students will be sent a scholarship/bursary payment selection task via eVision in early September, each year; students must confirm their payment selection by no later than the first day of Term 1. Students who do not return the completed payment selection task by the first day of Term 1 will automatically be recorded to receive the fee waiver option. Students will be asked to supply relevant UK bank account details to support receipt of the cash option. Where a student has applied for tuition fee loan funding the Student Loan Company will be notified of the tuition fee waiver(s) in September.

3.1 Payment dates

For cash scholarship/bursary awards, payment will be made as follows:

1st Payment - 8 December 2017

2nd Payment - 2 March 2018

3rd Payment - 8 June 2018

3.2 Conditions of payment or application of fee waiver

Payments or fee waivers will only be made providing:

  • The student is enrolled at the University on an undergraduate degree programme of at the time of the payment.
  • The student progresses to the next level of study [scholarship/bursary payments will not be made during a repeating year until the student has satisfactorily progressed to the next level], with the exception of the Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship where the following applies:

In order to retain their Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship, students must evidence their Academic Excellence by maintaining a First Class profile at the end of level 1 and level 2. This profile is based on that which must be achieved in order to obtain a First Class Honours Degree. A student must achieve the requirements set out in Senate Regulation 2 Appendix A.

N.B. Where cash payments form part of the scholarship/bursary, this will be made direct to a UK bank account; students must supply accurate bank account details via their eVision account within the requested time.

Where a scholarship/bursary award spans more than one year, students will be written to in September to confirm ongoing eligibility to receive their scholarship/bursary award. Students will be requested to complete the scholarship/bursary payment selection task each year.

4.  General Terms and Conditions

4.1 Students may only be awarded one scholarship/bursary, with the exception of:

  • The Placement Scholarship which can be awarded alongside one of the other scholarships/bursaries.
  • The Care Leaver bursary which can be awarded alongside another scholarship/bursary.
  • The David Sands Civil Engineering Scholarship may also be awarded alongside the Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship.
  • If a student is eligible for more than one scholarship/bursary, s/he will be awarded the one which will be the most financially beneficial across the full course duration.

4.2 Tariff points for scholarship/bursary purposes must all be gained normally within three years prior to admission to Brunel University London. 

4.3 This scholarship is not payable in the Masters year in the integrated degrees in Mathematics and Engineering because the course fee has been set at the national basic rate i.e. £6,000.

4.4 If a student has a debt to the University the cash award element of a scholarship or bursary will be offset against this debt before any remaining balance is paid to the student. 

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 part time course.

5.3 A student who withdraws from their programme prior to completion and who is in receipt of a scholarship/bursary award will not normally be requested to repay scholarship/bursary payments made up to the point of withdrawal; however, entitlement to all future scholarship/bursary payments and/or adjustments cease immediately a student withdraws.

5.4 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.

5.5 A student who takes a period of temporary withdrawal (abeyance) and who is in receipt of a scholarship/bursary award would cease to receive scholarship/bursary payments whilst temporarily withdrawn. Scholarship/bursary payments made prior to temporarily withdrawing will not generally be requested to be repaid and remaining payments would generally be paid once the student returns to complete that level of study.

5.6 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.

5.7 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.

5.8 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. The existing award will be placed on hold and reinstated once the student commences level 2, subject to meeting the annual scholarship progression criteria outlined in Section 3.

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

Appendix 1

This list of EU countries and equivalent qualifications is accurate as of December 2016 and is subject to change. The list will be updated at the start of every scholarship cycle. If an EU country is not listed, applicants from that country will not be eligible to be considered for the scholarship for academic year 2017/18. 

GCE AAA country equivalency with the applicants whose country of domicile is in the EU 


Name of Qualification

AAA equivalent grade


Reifesprufung OR Matura from   Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schulen. (Grade A=1 , Grade B=2 , Grade C=3 )

Average grade of 1 (Sehr Gut-Very   Good). (Grade A=1 , Grade B=2 , Grade C=3 )


Diploma van Hoger Secundair   Onderwijs  OR Certificat d’Enseignement   Secondaire Supérieur

8 out of 10 or 18 out of 20. (Grade A=8, Grade B=7, Grade C=6 OR Grade A=18, Grade B=17, Grade C=16)


Diploma   za Sredno Obrazovanie (Diploma of Completed Secondary Education)

Pass with 5.5 overall  (A = 6; B = 5, C=4)


Svjedodžba o Maturi

Average grade of 5 with a minimum of   4 in all subjects (Grade A=4, Grade B=4, Grade C=3 )

Cyprus (South)

Apolytirion of Lykeio

Average of 19 in Apolytirion
  If A Grade in A-Level required: 19
  If B Grade in A-Level required: 18

Cyprus (North-Turkish   Republic)

Devlet Lise Diplomasi

Average of Grade 9.0 in Devlet   Lise Diplomasi with AA at A-level

Czech Republic

Maturitni Zkouska OR Maturita

Average grade of 1 and no less   than 2 in all subjects.  (Grade A= 1,   Grade B=2, Grade C=3 )


Bevis for Studentereksamen OR   Bevis for Hojere Forberedeiseseksamen

Average grade of 11 (Grade A= 10 ,   Grade B= 9 , Grade C=7 )


European Baccalaureate



Gumnaasium Ioputunnistus together   with Riigieksammid (state exams)

Average of Grade 5 from 5 subjects inc Grade 80 or 8 in 3 State Examinatio.                                                                  **Since 2014 applicants cannot choose their state exams subjects so we cannot make a subject based offer (as they only take Estonian, Maths and Foreign   Language) if making offer to Engineering/Maths applicant you can still specify a grade in Maths. If applicant is taking 3 state exams(or not included on UCAS form) make standard offer. If an applicant is taking 2 state exams and substituting IELTS B1/B2 level this can be counted as their Foreign   Language State Exam then make offer on 2 state exams and our standard IELTS grade** 

**If an applicant took this qualification before 2014 they should have the required subjects at A-level within their state exams**


Yliopilastutkinto /  Studentexamen

Average grade of 6. (Grade A=5 ,   Grade B= 5, Grade C=4 )


French Baccalaureat

Average 15/20 (Grade A=15, Grade   B=13, Grade C=12 )

Option International du   Baccalauréat

Average 14/20 (Grade A=14, Grade   B=12, Grade C=11)



1.5 (Grade A=13, Grade B= 12,   Grade C= 10)


Apolytirion of Lykeio
   (Upper Secondary School Leaving   Certificate)

Average of 19 in Apolytirion
  Grade A = 19
  Grade B = 18
  Grade C = 17


Erettsegi / Matura

Average of Grade 5.0 and Grade 5.0   in 2 Higher (Emelt Szintu) subjects. (Grade A=5 , Grade B=4 , Grade C=3.5 )

IRELAND (Republic of)

Irish leaving   Certificate

New system- H2, H2,   H2, H2, H3 (From 5 Irish Higher subjects)
  Old System- AAAAB (From 5 Irish Higher subjects)


Esame Di Stato

Average 90%
  (Grade A=9, Grade B=8, Grade C= 7)


Atestats par visparejo videjo   izglitibu

Average Grade 9 and 90% in State   Examinations (Grade A=90, Grade B= 80, Grade C=70)


Brandos Atestatas  (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Average Grade 9   overall (Grade A=90, Grade B=80 , Grade C= 80)


Diplôme de Fin   d'Etudes Secondaires

52 excellent
  A= Tres bien, B= Tres bien, C= Assez bien


Advanced Matriculation  (OR A levels)

AAA at Matriculation Examination.   (Grade A=A, Grade B=B, Grade C=C)


Diploma Voorbereidend   Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)

Average Grade 8.0
  (Grade A=8, Grade B=7 , Grade C=6 )


Matura / Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci

80% overall including Two Extended   Level subjects at 75%
  A=75, Grade B=70 , Grade C=65


Certificado de fim de   Estudos Secundários (National Exams are called ENEM 'Exames realizados')

18 overall average   (Grade A= 18, Grade B= 17, Grade C=15 )


Diplomă de Bacalaureat   (Baccalaureate Diploma)

Average grade of  9 (Grade A=9, Grade B=8, Grade C=7)


Vysvedcenie o   Maturitnej Skúške

Average grade of 1. (Grade A=1 ,   Grade B= 2, Grade C= 2.5)


Maturitetno Spricevalo

Average grade of 4.5. (Grade A=   4.5, Grade B=4 , Grade C= 3)


Titulo de Bachiller and Prueba de   Acceso a la Universidad (PAU)

Average 8.5/10 (Grade A= 9,  Grade B= 8,    Grade C= 7)


Avgångsbetyg /   Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola

Average of MVG or A. (Grade A=MVG   or A, Grade B= VG or B, Grade C= G or C)

 Updated 19 May 2017.