Bursaries

Candidates in financial need may apply for a bursary to cover the full test fee.  This applies to UK and EU candidates only.

 

Applications open: 1 May 2015. 

Deadline for applications: 5pm on 22 September 2015 

 

Applications without supporting evidence or late applications will not be considered.  You must apply for a bursary before sitting your test.

 

Bursary eligibility

UKCAT bursaries are available to candidates who are in receipt of one of the following:

  • 16 to 19 Bursary or Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Discretionary Learner Support (or equivalent for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
  • Free School Meals
  • Full Maintenance Grant or full Special Support Grant (or equivalent for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
  • Income SupportJob Seeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit
  • An equivalent means tested benefit to one of the above, if they are outside the UK but within the EU

 

Bursaries are also available to candidates who:

  • Live with a parent/guardian in receipt of Income SupportIncome-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Live with a parent/guardian in receipt of Universal Credit if the household income as stated on the award is less than £35k.
  • Live with a family member in receipt of Child Tax Credit where the candidate is named on the award and the household income as stated on the award is less than £35k

 

Candidates need to provide one piece of documentary evidence from the list below to support their application: 

Type of Income/Benefit

Evidence Required

16-19 Bursary

Discretionary Learner Support

Official letter confirming award (usually from school/college) for academic year 2014/15 or 2015/16

Educational Maintenance Allowance 

Government agency award letter issued for academic year 2014/15 or 2015/16

Free School Meals

A letter from your school/college confirming you receive free school meals.

Full Maintenance Grant /

Special Support Grant

Award letter for academic year 2014/15 or 2015/16 including reference to the maintenance or special support grant element and not only tuition fee or maintenance loans.

Click here for an example.

Child Tax Credit

Tax Credit Award Notice for '2014-15' or '2015-16' which must include the pages showing total household income (less than 35k) and the section where the candidate is named.

Click here for an example.

Please ensure you provide both these pages or your application will be rejected.

Income Support

Job Seeker's Allowance

Employment & Support Allowance

Award letter from the UK Jobcentre Plus – dated 2015

Universal Credit

Universal Credit Award Notice for '2014-15' or '2015-16' – please supply the full letter

EU means tested benefits

Award letter from a relevant government agency plus a translation into English – both dated 2015

We do not accept:  P60's; Annual Accounts; Award letters for Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Child Benefit; Scholarships/Bursaries for tuition fees at Independent or Private Schools.

 

Application Process

All applications must be made online.  Please complete the Bursary Application Form.

 

You can upload up to 2 files of documentary evidence.  You may need to combine multiple pages when you scan or photograph them.  Your application will be rejected if you do not provide the full evidence required. 

 

Candidates unable to upload documents still need to apply online and send their documents through the post.  Instructions regarding this are included in your confirmation email.  Please ensure you use the correct postage as undelivered items will not be retrieved from the Post Office.  Due to the volume of applications we cannot return evidence provided. You are therefore advised to provide copies of documents rather than originals.

 

Once documentation has been received we will issue your voucher within five working days. If you have not heard from us within this time please contact us and we will check on progress.  Before contacting us you may like to check that an email has not been sent to your junk or spam folder.

 

Once you have received your bursary voucher code you can use it to pay for your test. Instead of paying for your test you simply enter your voucher code into the system at the point of booking.  If you apply for a bursary after paying for your test you will need to contact Pearson VUE Customer Services to arrange for a refund.  Bursaries cannot be redeemed once you have sat your test.

 

Data collected from bursary applications may be used for research purposes.  Research and analysis only takes place on anonymised data and UKCAT is committed to ensuring that no individual or groups of individuals can be identified in any published research undertaken on its behalf.  

 

When UKCAT results are delivered to our Consortium Universities we also indicate whether a candidate has been in receipt of a bursary.  This will not disadvantage your application in any way and they may use this information to help identify candidates from backgrounds under-represented at University.

 

Details regarding how we collect, store and process your data can be found in our Candidate Data Privacy Statement.

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