The bursary application process will open on 1 May 2015.

Applications for bursaries including supporting documentation need to reach the UKCAT office by 5pm on 22 September 2015 at the latest.  Incomplete applications and late applications will not be considered.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that documents reach the UKCAT office by this deadline.

Bursary eligibility

The following EU candidates are eligible for a bursary to cover the full cost of the test fee: 


  • Candidates in receipt of a 16 to 19 Bursary or Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Candidates in receipt of Discretionary Learner Support (or equivalent for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
  • Candidates in receipt of a Full Maintenance Grant or full Special Support Grant (or equivalent for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
  • Candidates personally in receipt of Income Support, Job Seeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Candidates personally in receipt of, or living with a parent/guardian in receipt of Universal Credit will be eligible for a bursary if the household income as stated on the award is less than £35k. We will assess these applications on a case by case basis until further details are known about how this benefit is means tested and evidenced.
  • Candidates living 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 living with a parent/guardian in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Candidates outside the UK but within the EU who are in receipt of an equivalent benefit to one of the above

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

Type of Income

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

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

Please note the following are not accepted as evidence for a bursary and will result in your application being rejected:  P60's; Statement of Accounts; Award letters for Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Child Benefit; Scholarships/Bursaries for tuition fees at Independent or Private Schools.

Applying for a bursary

The bursary application form allows candidates to upload their documentary evidence.  Your evidence should not exceed more than two files, so 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 on-line 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.

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.

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

Please click here for the Bursary Application Form.