Entrance Scholarships & Merit Awards
The Entrance Scholarship competition involves sitting two exams on Tuesday, 30th January 2018 - one in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. The exams last for one and a half hours each and we have 38 subjects for you to choose from. Unfortunately it is not possible to take the exams on any other day.
Scholarships are worth £1,000 to £2,000 a year. All scholars are given an unconditional offer of a place at the University, and a guarantee of a place to live in a University residence throughout their time as an undergraduate student.
It’s possible to get one of four types of award from sitting the Entrance Scholarship exams:
1. Institute Entrance Scholarships - £2,000 a year
We have 20 Institute Scholarships available, which are worth £2,000 a year, as well as an unconditional offer to study at the University, and guaranteed accommodation in a University property throughout the length of the course*. Institutes decide upon the allocation of the Institute Entrance Scholarships based on excellent performance in the exams.
2. Entrance Scholarships - £1,000 a year
We have approximately 50 Entrance Scholarships to award to the candidates scoring the highest aggregate marks of both examination papers (who are not offered an Institute Entrance Scholarship). Entrance Scholarship holders receive £1,000 for each year of their course and also get an unconditional offer and guaranteed accommodation in a University property throughout the length of their course*.
3. Merit Awards - £1,000 in the first year
We offer approximately 250 Merit Awards each year to students who do well in the competition but narrowly miss out on attaining a Scholarship. As well as the £1,000 during the first year of the course, Merit Award holders also get an unconditional offer.
4. Unconditional offers
Some candidates who do not receive a Scholarship or Merit Award will be offered an unconditional offer on the basis of their performance in the Entrance Scholarship competition.
* In order to secure your guaranteed place in Residence, you must apply for accommodation for the following academic year within dates advertised by the Accommodation Office for returning students.
You can take the exams here at Aberystwyth or at your school or college if you prefer – as long as your Exams Officer is happy to hold the exams there. Last year over 500 schools and colleges throughout the UK took part in the competition, so your school or college may well already be familiar with it. If you come to Aberystwyth to sit the exams you will be able to combine your visit with a Departmental Visit, and we will contribute towards your travel and other costs (you will receive further information by email if you opt to sit the exams here).
If you usually have specific access arrangements in place for your school/college examinations, it's likely you'll receive the same arrangements for the Entrance Scholarship exams.
If you are an applicant from outside of the UK you will need submit evidence that your school/college is accredited to hold UK exam board examinations when you submit your application. However, we do have exam centres in Poland and Bulgaria, in conjunction with our partners in those countries.
The Entrance Scholarship Application Form needs to be returned before 18th January 2018.
If you wish to sit the exam outside of the UK the deadline to return your application form is 15th January 2018.
If you are deferring your application to 2019, you can sit the exams in 2018 (and defer any award you receive) or in February 2019.
It's a good idea to look at our past Entrance Scholarship Exam Papers to get a feel for the type and level of questions likely to be asked. Please note that prior to 2017 the duration of the exams was 2 hours, therefore the format of the exam papers from 2017 may vary slightly. If you intend to submit an Art Portfolio as one of your exams, you can see further details of what is required here.
Full regulations for the Entrance Scholarship and Merit Award competition can be viewed in the Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards brochure.
Entrance Scholarship Application Forms
Choose where you'd like to sit the exam:
Applications for the Entrance Scholarship competition for 2017 entry have now closed. Applications for 2018 will open in October 2017.