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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 2018/19. 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

September 2019. Scholarships cannot be deferred.

Eligibility
  • Any UK applicant (for fee purposes) applying for a full-time undergraduate course at BU and who achieves ABB or above at A-level, or DDM, or above at BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent (see equivalencies 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 2019. 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 2019. 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 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*

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 in October 2019 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 September 2019 or January 2020. 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 £1,150 (major award) or £450 (minor award)
Number available 15
Need to fill in an application Yes - complete the online form
Application deadline

No - open for 2019/20 academic year

If you’re passionate about music and want to continue to develop your talents while you’re studying for your degree, our BU Music scholarships are here to support you. Some of the money you’re awarded will go towards regular music lessons for your main instrument or voice with one of the university’s tutors, but you can use the remainder to see your favourite artists in concert, buy new music for your collection or even to pick up a new outfit to wear on stage - whatever fuels your musical passion.

How to apply

Please complete the online application form. 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.

Major award

For the major 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 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).

Minor awards

The minor awards are available if you narrowly miss out on the prerequisites for a major award - you’ll need to achieve Grade 8 in your first year and will then be eligible for a major award in your second year.

You’ll also 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

September 2019 and January 2020. 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 - complete the online form
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.