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BU Scholarships

Our scholarships are designed to reward excellence in all its forms, giving you additional support while you're studying with us.

The following information covers our academic, music and sport scholarships for 2020/21. Find out how much these are worth, the eligibility criteria and how to apply.

UK/EU student scholarships

BU Academic Excellence Scholarship (UK)

Key information 

Entry

For courses starting in September 2020. Scholarships cannot be deferred.

Eligibility
  • Any UK applicant (for fee purposes) applying for a full-time undergraduate course at BU and who achieves AAA or above at A-level, or DDD or above at BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent (see equivalences table
  • Applicants for one year Top-up courses are not eligible for this scholarship
  • Applicants for courses offered through partner colleges are not eligible for this scholarship
  • If you have been awarded any other BU scholarship then you are not eligible for this scholarship (excludes Sport and Music Scholarships)
Value £1,000 paid during the first year of your degree (Level C)
Number available Unlimited
Need to fill in an application No - you will automatically be considered for this award
Dates When we've received your results, we'll contact you to advise you if you've been awarded a scholarship*

You’ll receive your scholarship in nine instalments, which means you can treat yourself throughout your first year. You’ll receive a pre-paid card, with the first instalment loaded onto it in October 2020. You will be advised of the full terms and conditions when you collect your card following enrolment at BU.

*If you think you may be eligible for this award but do not receive a confirmation when you enrol at BU, please contact AskBU, who will confirm your eligibility on review of original qualification transcripts, on or before 31 January (September entry) or 30 June (January entry).

BU Academic Excellence Scholarship (EU)

Key information 

Entry

For courses starting September 2020. Scholarships cannot be deferred.

Eligibility
  • Any EU applicant (for fee purposes) who achieves outstanding academic results before coming to BU
  • To be considered, you must be applying for a full-time undergraduate course at BU
  • Applicants for one year Top-up courses are not eligible for this scholarship
  • Applicants for courses offered through partner colleges are not eligible for this scholarship
  • We can’t offer you this scholarship if you have been awarded any other BU scholarship (except the Sport or Music Scholarships).
Value £1,000 paid during the first year of your degree (Level C)
Number available Unlimited
Need to fill in an application No - you will automatically be considered for this award
Dates When we've received your results, we'll contact you to advise you if you've been awarded a scholarship*

This scholarship is available if you achieve outstanding academic results before coming to BU. The standard varies from country to country so check our at-a-glance chart to see whether you qualify..

If your country is not displayed in this chart, please contact our International Admissions Team, who will assess your qualifications.

You don’t need to apply for this scholarship - you’ll be awarded it automatically if you achieve the required grades. It will be paid in nine instalments throughout your first year at BU. The first instalment will be available for you to October 2020 via a pre-paid card.

You can’t receive this scholarship if you are studying at one of our partner colleges, or if you have been awarded any other BU scholarship. Check here for other opportunities available.

*If you think you may be eligible for this award but do not receive a confirmation when you enrol at BU, please contact AskBU, who will confirm your eligibility on review of original qualification transcripts, on or before 31 January (September entry) or 30 June (January entry).

BU Music Scholarships

Key information

Entry

For courses starting in January 2020, September 2020 and January 2021. Scholarships cannot be deferred.

Eligibility
  • Any UK, EU or international applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at BU
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you are a talented musician or vocalist, and that you have been involved in ensemble activity.
Value

Music scholars receive free tuition and other benefits in kind, such as examination fees and assistance with buying music. This amounts to approximately £600 per year for September 2020 and January 2021 entry.

Number available

Approximately 15 each year

Need to fill in an application Yes
Application deadline

31 August if your course starts in September and 30 November if your course starts in January. Late applications may be considered if there are funds remaining

As part of your application, you will need to source two references. Referees can include your Director of Music, music teacher, instrumental/vocal coach, ensemble conductor etc, or any other person qualified to write about your musical abilities. They need to complete and submit the online reference form.

Scholarships will be awarded for the first year of study and may be continued for subsequent years of study providing you continue to meet the criteria.

For the award you’ll need to have reached Grade 8 of the Associated Board, Trinity or LCM, or equivalent, in your main instrument or voice. In addition, you need to show you have an academic grounding in music, and have passed A-level (C or above) in the subject or have obtained Grade 8 theory. In exceptional circumstances, and depending on the availability of funds, we may consider applications from those with ABRSM/Trinity Grade 6 or above.

In your application, you need to demonstrate how you wish to develop musically, as well as academically. If you are shortlisted, you’ll be invited for an audition and will find out whether you’ve won a scholarship within two weeks.

Your award will not be formally approved until you hold an unconditional firm offer (UF). You’ll be expected to contribute to musical life at the university by performing in concerts and participating in at least one university ensemble.

BU Sport Scholarship

Key information

Entry

January 2020, September 2020 and January 2021. Scholarships cannot be deferred.

Eligibility
  • Any UK/EU or international applicant applying for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course delivered at BU
  • Be a high performing sportsperson and have the desire to continue to develop in the sporting arena, as well as academically.
Value £500 to £5,000
Number available 45-50
Need to fill in an application Yes 
Application deadline

31 August if your course starts in September and 30 November if your course starts in January.

The BU Sport Scholarship is available to high-level sporting athletes coming to study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at BU. The scholarship is designed to provide you with the funding you need to develop your sporting abilities and take them to the next level.

You can apply for up to £5,000 of funding and put this money towards coaching, equipment, competition entry fees, travel expenses or/or support services.

You must demonstrate excellence in your chosen sport, and be part of a Regional, National and/or International squad and compete at that level. Athletes receiving a scholarship will ideally represent BU in the BUCS programme (League and Individual), as well as themselves and/or their club at regional, national or international level. Individual athletes will also need to be competitive with top performers within the BUCS programme.

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will need to meet with the Sports Performance Manager to assess how the funds will help you throughout the year, commit to attending 75% of training sessions, represent BU in sporting competitions where possible to raise the profile of SportBU’s activities and to be featured in marketing materials.

As part of your application for a BU Sport Scholarship, you will have to attend our trial process and be assessed by our coach.

You must ensure your application is supported by a reference from a High-Performance Coach or National Governing Body coach/ If you are applying for a sport that sits outside our performance BUCS programme, you will need to ensure that two references are sent alongside your application.

Important information

Scholarships are reviewed on a regular basis and the university reserves the right to withdraw, amend or introduce new scholarships at any time. Scholarships are offered subject to funding and availability. Scholarship is awarded in your first year only, unless stated otherwise.

Details of BU’s Student Agreement, including our Scholarships Policy, can be found on the Important information page.

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BU Bursaries

BU offers a range of bursary and scholarship support intended for students in need of additional financial assistance.

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External funding guidance

If you're struggling financially during your studies at BU and could benefit from additional support or guidance, there are a range of external resources available specifically for students.

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Placement year funding

The funding available for a placement year is significantly different to a normal study year - read our guidance for more information.