Entrance Scholarships & Merit Awards 2018
You could qualify for an Entrance Scholarship worth up to £2,000 per year
The Entrance Scholarship competition involves sitting two exams on Tuesday 29th January 2019 - one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. The exams last for one and a half hours each and we have 37 subjects for you to choose from. Unfortunately it is not possible to take the exams on any other day.
Scholarships are worth up 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 Scholarships - up to £2,000 a year
We have 20 Institute Scholarships available, which are worth up to £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*. Our academic Institutes decide upon the allocation of these Scholarships based on excellent performance in the exams. Successful candidates are guaranteed to receive £1,000 for each year of their course - but if they achieve grades of at least ABB at A level (or equivalent in other specified qualifications**), we will DOUBLE the award to £2,000 a year.
2. University Scholarships - up to £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 Scholarship). Successful candidates are guaranteed to receive £500 for each year of their course, but we will DOUBLE the award to £1,000 a year for those achieving at least ABB at A level (or equivalent in other specified qualifications**). Scholarship holders also get an unconditional offer and guaranteed accommodation in a University property throughout the length of their course*.
3. Merit Awards - up to £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. Merit Award holders are guaranteed to receive £500 during the first year of their course, but if they achieve at least ABB at A level (or equivalent in other specified qualifications**), we will DOUBLE the award to £1,000. Merit Award holders also get an unconditional offer to study at the University.
4. Unconditional offers - plus up to £300 in the first year
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. If these candidates achieve at least ABB at A level (or equivalent in other specified qualifications**), we will reward them with a payment of £300 during their first year.
Advice on sitting the exams
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).
The Entrance Scholarship Application Form needs to be returned before 18th January 2019.
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, Bulgaria, Hungary and Estonia in conjunction with our partners in those countries. If you wish to sit the exam outside of the UK the deadline to return your application form is 15th January 2019.
If you are deferring your application to 2020, you can sit the exams in 2019 (and defer any award you receive) or in February 2020.
Full regulations for the Entrance Scholarship and Merit Award competition - including appropriate subjects to take for the degree scheme you are applying for - can be viewed in the Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards brochure
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.
* 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.
** Please see here for a list of other accepted qualifications (including BTEC, IB, and a range of European and international qualifications).
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