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Undergraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship Terms and Conditions 2019/20

1. Award 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 in September 2019.

Value: £6,000 cash payment or fee waiver each year for a maximum of three years. The Scholarship will only be paid once for each eligible level of study, subject to normal progression criteria having been met (additional payments will not be made during a repeating year, regardless of the reason for repetition).

How many: 30 scholarships available (10 per College)

How to apply: Applicants must submit a scholarship application via the ‘My Checklist’ section in the student portal eVision, by 23.59pm (GMT) on 27th February 2019

Awarding: Applications are considered by College Scholarship Awarding Panel after the deadline. Scholarships will be allocated provisionally in late March to those applicants who:

  • Submit a completed application form by the deadline specified.
  • Meet the eligibility criteria contained in this document.
  • Are selected by the College Scholarship Awarding Panel as being the strongest applicants, as demonstrated through their predicted grades and their scholarship applications.

Awards will be provisionally allocated in March to those applicants who submit a completed scholarship application form by the deadline given, who meet the eligibility criteria outlined below, and who are selected by the Scholarship Allocation Panel based on predicted grades and a personal statement.

Provisional awards will be reviewed on a monthly basis. If an applicant selects Brunel as their Insurance choice they will lose the provisional scholarship award. Allocation will then be reviewed and awards made using a reserve list of successful applicants pre-selected by the College Allocation Panels.

Formal awards will then be confirmed by the Scholarship Allocation Panel in early September, following receipt of examination results, to those provisional award holders who meet the required grades.

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 and undergraduate integrated Masters programmes). This includes offers made through UCAS Clearing and Adjustment. Clearing applicants must ensure that they inform the Student Loans Company (SLC) at the earliest opportunity that they are attending Brunel University London. The Student Loans Company must notify Brunel University London by 1st  September 2019. Failure to do this will result in the applicant not being considered for the award.
  • Offer must be 'Unconditional Firm' (UF) by the date the Scholarship Allocation Panel make their awards (i.e. applicant must have met all offer conditions and firmly accepted the place).
  • Offer must be for level 4 (year 1) or foundation year of the course. Foundation students will be considered eligible, but if awarded, scholarship payments will not begin until the student progresses to level 4 (year 1). This means no payments will be made during level the foundation year.
  • Must commence the course in the upcoming academic year (applicants 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). 
  • Must be classed as Home, European or Home Channel Islands/Isle of Man for fees purposes. Applicants who are unsure of their fee status should note Brunel uses the information they have provided in their application form to assess fee status against regulations set by the UK government. For information on these regulations please visit the independent organisation UKCISA’s website.
  • Must submit a completed scholarship application by 11.59 pm on 27 February 2019.
  • Must achieve one of the following qualifications/grades*:
    • 3 A-Levels with grades AAA or above
    • BTEC Level 3 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 or above
    • Higher Irish Leaving Certificate from 5 subjects with grades H2, H2, H2, H2, H3 (or AAAAB from the pre-2017 grading system) or above.
    • Equivalent of A-Level grades AAA from a recognised EU qualification, see appendix 1 of these terms and conditions for details.

Applicants undertaking qualifications not listed above will not be considered for the scholarship. 

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

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

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

Scholarship holders may be requested to represent Brunel as ambassadors at various promotional activities throughout their time at the University. They may also be contacted with invitations to participate in activities such as surveys, focus groups, and interviews in order to evaluate the University’s financial support package. This might also 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.

Data pertaining to bursary holders such as: progression rates, degree attainment, degree completion, and graduate outcomes may also be analysed in order to understand the effectiveness of bursaries and scholarships. This data may also be linked to other data already held by the University for the purpose of better understanding the impact of bursaries and scholarships on under-represented groups. To learn more about how the University uses data to support its commitment to delivering positive outcomes to students from under-represented groups please visit our webpage.

Those not eligible for this scholarship:

  • Applicants who have made Brunel their Insurance choice by the time applications are assessed in March will not be considered for a scholarship.
  • Applicants classed as Overseas for fees purposes or with an unresolved fee status.
  • Applicants entering a course at level 5 (year 2) or level 6 (year 3) will not be considered for any scholarship or bursary.
  • Applicants entering a course with London Brunel International College (LBIC), or who are progressing to a Brunel course from an LBIC course.
  • Applicants entering a course with the Brunel Language Centre.
  • 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 who are being funded either in full or partially by an external body, such as the Environment Agency for the BSc Flood and Coastal Engineering course and the NHS for the BSc in Specialist Community Health Nursing.

Eligibility Definitions

Level of study

Foundation year

Level 4 = Year 1

Level 5 = Year 2 (or Year 3 of a sandwich course)

Level 6 = Year 3 (or Year 4 of a sandwich course)

Student Loans Company (SLC)

The Student Loans Company is a UK public sector organisation providing loans and grants to students and comprises of Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland and the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

3.  Allocation 

3.1 Eligibility criteria are reviewed annually. 

3.2 Applicants are considered for scholarships using the information provided at the time of their application only and cannot be reconsidered should their circumstances change during the course of their studies. Scholarships cannot be backdated.

3.3 Scholarships will be awarded provisionally in March and successful applicants will be contacted by email shortly after allocation.

3.4 Formal awards will then be confirmed by the Scholarship Allocation Panel in early September, following receipt of examination results, to those provisional award holders who meet the required grades. Successful recipients will be informed by email shortly after allocation.

3.5 Brunel University London is unable to contact all applicants who have applied for the scholarship and have been unsuccessful.

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

3.7 If an applicant is eligible for more than one scholarship/bursary, they will be awarded the one which will be the most financially beneficial across the full course duration.

3.8 Scholarships 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 in the year they will begin their studies. 

3.9 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) £6,000 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/integrated Masters course), subject to meeting annual progression criteria. 

(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/integrated Masters course), subject to meeting annual progression criteria.

4.2 This scholarship is not payable in the Masters year of an integrated Masters degree programme.

4.3 Scholarship awardees receiving tuition fee waivers will be responsible for paying the remainder of their tuition fees after the scholarship contribution is deducted from the total fees for the academic year.

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

4.5 Successfully awarded students will be sent a scholarship 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, the SLC will be notified of the tuition fee waiver(s) in September.

4.6 Payment dates

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

1st Payment - 13 December 2019

2nd Payment – 6 March 2020

3rd Payment - 12 June 2020

4.7 Conditions of payment or application of fee waiver

  • Payments or fee waivers will only be applied 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 in subsequent years, students must      evidence their Academic Excellence by maintaining a First Class profile at the end of level 4 (year 1) and level 5(year 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. The grade achieved for the placement(s) will not have a bearing on the retention of the award.

N.B. 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. Failure to provide current valid UK Bank account details will result in delayed payment.

4.8 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 by no later than the first day of Term 1 of each year of their course except the placement year.

5.  Withdrawal of a Scholarship

5.1 Misleading information: The University reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship 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 Mode of Attendance Change: If a student changes to a different mode of study, their eligibility for a scholarship will be reviewed. The scholarship will be withdrawn if the change is from full time to part time.

5.3 Changing course and starting again at Level 4 (year 1): Students who commence their studies and subsequently make an alteration that involves starting again at level 4 will not be eligible for a new award  against the new course. The existing scholarship will be placed on hold and reinstated once the student commences level 5, subject to meeting the annual scholarship progression criteria outlined in Section 4. If a student changes course but remains at the same level of study, this will have no impact on the award. Progression criteria as stipulated above will still apply.

5.4 Abeyance/Temporary Withdrawal: A student who takes a period of temporary withdrawal (abeyance) and who is in receipt of a scholarship award would cease to receive scholarship payments whilst temporarily withdrawn. Scholarship 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.

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

5.6 Repeat/Extended Study: Repeat periods of study, and periods of temporary withdrawal that result in extended periods of study, are not supported by additional scholarship payments. Scholarship entitlement is for the maximum duration of each award and entitlement is not extended if overall course duration alters.

5.7 Withdrawal from Study: A student who withdraws from their programme prior to completion and who is in receipt of a scholarship award will not normally be requested to repay scholarship payments made up to the point of withdrawal; however, entitlement to all future scholarship payments cease immediately if a student withdraws.

5.8 Amendment of Fee Waivers: Fee waivers applied at the start of an academic year as part/all of a scholarship 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.

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 2018 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.

EU qualifications: grades accepted as equivalent to GCE A level grades AAA


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, 80% or 17 out of 20.  (Grade A=8, Grade B=7, Grade C=6 OR Grade A=17, Grade B=15, Grade C=14)


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 overall (Grade A=5, Grade B=4, Grade C=3 )


Apolytirion of Lykeio




Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lisi Biyirme Diplomasi

Average of 19 in Apolytirion or 90% from an International Private School
If A Grade in A-Level required: 19 or 90%
If B Grade in A-Level required: 18 or 85%


Average of 90%

Czech Republic

Maturitni Zkouska OR Maturita

Average grade of 1.25  (Grade A= 1, Grade B=2, Grade C=3 )


Bevis for Højere   Forberedelseseksamen (HF) (Higher Preparatory Examination Certificate) OR

Bevis for Højere Handelseksamen   (HHX) OR

Bevis for Højere Teknisk Eksamen   (HTX) OR

Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX)

Average grade of 12 (Grade A= 12, Grade B= 7, Grade C=4)


European Baccalaureate

80, (A=Grade 8.0, B = Grade 7.5, C = Grade 7)


Gumnaasium Ioputunnistus together   with Riigieksammid (state exams)

Average of Grade 5 overall including 80% in 3 State Examinations.                                                                 


Yliopilastutkinto / Studentexamen

Average grade of 6. (Grade A=6 , 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.


If requires specific A-Level subject – Pan-Hellenic qualification required –
Grade A = 17
Grade B = 16
Grade C = 15


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=9, Grade B=8 , Grade C= 7)


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 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

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 February 2019.