The UKCAT Bursary scheme is now closed for 2016.


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

Bursary scheme opens: 3 May 2016
Deadline for applications: 5pm on 21 September 2016

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)
  • FE 19+ 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

  • Live with a parent/guardian in receipt of Asylum Support

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

FE 19+ Discretionary Learner Support

Official letter confirming award (usually from school/college) for academic year 2015/16 or 2016/17.

We do not accept evidence that relates to scholarships/bursaries for tuition fees at independent or fee-paying schools.

Educational Maintenance Allowance 

Government agency award letter issued for academic year 2015/16 or 2016/17

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 2015/16 or 2016/17 including reference to the maintenance or special support grant element and not only tuition fee or maintenance loans.

Click for example 1 or example 2.

Child Tax Credit

Tax Credit Award Notice for 2015-16 or 2016-17 which must include the pages showing total household income (less than 35k) and the section where the candidate is named.

Click 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 2016

Universal Credit

Universal Credit Award Notice for 2015-16 or 2016-17 - please supply the full letter

EU means tested benefits

Award letter from a relevant government agency plus a translation into English – both dated 2016

Asylum Support Asylum Support award letter - dated 2016

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 fee-paying schools.


Application Process

All applications must be made online using the above form.  Please supply documentary evidence which can be uploaded in up to 2 files.  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.  Details regarding how we collect, store and process your data can be found in our Candidate Data Privacy Statement.

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.