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Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2018/19

1. Scholarship details

The Undergraduate Academic Excellence scholarship is available to Home, EU and Channel Island/Isle of Man fee paying students beginning full-time undergraduate courses at Brunel University London. The scholarship will be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to meeting progression requirements.

Value: £6,000 cash payment 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 undertake an unpaid placement.

How many: 30 scholarships will be provisionally allocated in March, based on predicted grades and a personal statement, to those applicants who completed the scholarship application form within eVision by 28 February 2018, meet the following eligibility criteria and who are selected by the Scholarship Allocation panel.

2.  Eligibility

The scholarship will be awarded to those applicants who meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must hold an offer of a place on a full time Undergraduate course (including placement routes). This includes offers      made through UCAS Clearing and Adjustment.
  • Offer must be for level 1 (year 1) of the course. Foundation students will also be considered eligible but if awarded will be given a deferred scholarship, meaning payments will not begin until the student progresses to level 1 (year 1).
  • Must commence the course in the upcoming academic year (applicants for deferred entry will be considered for a      scholarship/bursary in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application). 
  • Must be classed as Home, European or Home Channel Islands/Isle of Man for fees purposes
  • Must have submitted a completed scholarship application by 28 February 2018.
  • Must achieve one of the following qualifications and grades:
    • 3 A-Levels with grades AAA or above
    • Equivalent of A-Level grades AAA from a recognised EU qualification, see appendix 1 of these terms and conditions for details.
    • BTEC Extended Diploma or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma with grades D*D*D*
    • 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 (or AAAAB from the pre-2017 grading system) or above.

-UCAS tariff equivalencies or combinations of qualifications will not be accepted.

-Predicted grades will be assessed at the time of scholarship allocation. 

-Bursaries will be awarded based on results received at the University at the time of allocation. Late or amended results cannot normally be considered.

Those not eligible for this scholarship:

  • Applicants classed as Overseas for fees purposes, or with an unresolved fee status
  • Applicants entering a course at level 2 or level 3.
  • Applicants who will not commence their course in the upcoming academic year -  applicants holding offers for deferred entry will be considered for a scholarship in the year they start their course and not in the year of their course application. 
  • Applicants entering a course with London Brunel International College (LBIC) or the Brunel Language Centre, or who are progressing to a Brunel course from one of these areas

All Scholarship holders will be expected to represent Brunel as Ambassadors throughout their time at the University and to assist with peer support and promotional activities as required. Scholarship winners will be contacted by the Student Recruitment or Marketing team as and when participation is required

This might include hosting tours of the campus and its facilities, providing administrative support at Open Days, participating in social media and other marketing activity as required. Scholarship winners will be contacted by the Marketing and Student Recruitment team as and when participation is required.

3.  Allocation

3.1 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 predicated grades and their scholarship and UCAS applications.

3.2 Scholarships are awarded to those who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of allocation. 

3.3 Applicants are considered for scholarships 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 cannot be backdated.

3.4 Only one scholarship can be paid to any one student in any one year with the exception of the Care Leaver Bursary.

3.5 If an applicant 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.

3.6 The Undergraduate Academic Excellence scholarships will be awarded conditionally in March. They will then be formally awarded in early September following receipt of exam results and successful recipients will be informed by email

3.7 Scholarships and Bursaries are awarded for the current academic year only and cannot be deferred. Applicants who choose to defer their studies will forfeit any awards they have been made but will be considered anew for a scholarship/bursary in the year they will begin their studies. 

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

4.  Payment

4.1 The applicants awarded this scholarship can elect from the following two payment options:

(a) £6000 cash payment - 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), subject to meeting annual progression criteria. A separate scholarship is available during the placement year for those who undertake an unpaid placement.

(b) £6,000 tuition fee waiver - the tuition fee will be reduced by £6,000 for each year of a full time course, up to a maximum of three years (or for three years of a sandwich course), subject to meeting annual progression criteria. A separate scholarship is available during the placement year for those who undertake an unpaid placement.

4.2 The scholarship will not be paid during the final year of a MEng or MMath or MMath in Financial Mathematics programme (where a fee waiver will be applied).

4.3 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 given 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.

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

4.5 Payment dates

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

1st Payment - 14 December 2018

2nd Payment – 1 March 2019

3rd Payment - 14 June 2019

4.6 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 at the time of the payment.
  • 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. Cash payments will be made direct to a UK bank account and therefore students are required to supply accurate bank account details via their eVision account within the requested time.

5.  General Terms and Conditions

5.1 Eligibility criteria are reviewed annually. 

5.2 Applicants entering the University in level 2 or in level 3 will not be considered for any scholarship or bursary

5.3 Qualifications considered for scholarship purposes must all be gained normally within three years prior to admission to Brunel University London. 

5.4 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. 

6.  Withdrawal of a Scholarship/Bursary

6.1 Misleading information: 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.

6.2 Changing course: 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.

6.3 Changing course and starting again at Level 1: Students who commence their studies and subsequently make an alteration that involves starting again at level 1 (for example through the Student Record Amendment Form [SRAF] process) will not normally be eligible for scholarship or 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.

6.4 Abeyance/Temporary Withdrawal: 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

6.5 Suspension of Study: 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.

6.6 Repeat/Extended Study: 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.

6.7 Withdrawal from Study: 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.

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 18 December 2017, please note these terms and conditions are subject to change.