Scholarships and fee waivers

We appreciate the investment students make in their education.

To help with the financial responsibility of students, we offer a range of scholarships.

The University of Worcester is actively working to promote more scholarship and prize opportunities, so please revisit this page for further updates.

See below for more details on:

£1,000 ABB or Equivalent Scholarships

The University of Worcester offers a £1,000 first year scholarship to all new undergraduate students to the University who achieve at least ABB at A Level, or the equivalent qualification (such as distinction, distinction, merit at BTEC). For more details on equivalent qualifications, please consult this document from HEFCE. This scholarship is awarded automatically to qualifying students and is paid in three instalments - £250 in October and February, and £500 in May.

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£3,000 National Scholarships

The National Scholarship Programme was introduced to help students from low-income households and underrepresented groups to enter Higher Education.

For 2014 the University of Worcester has greatly enhanced the funding available to support £3,000 scholarships under the National Scholarship scheme. In 2014 all first years who come from households with an income of £25,000 or less (with the exception of students in receipt of NHS bursaries) will be awarded a £3,000 scholarship in the form of a £2,000 fee waiver and a £1,000 payment, payable in three instalments - £250 in December and February, and £500 in May (or a pro-rata amount in the case of part-time students).

The University estimates that more than one thousand first of its year students will qualify for a National Scholarship in 2014.

Applicants must not normally be resident in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland and will need to be registering on courses that cost at least £6,000 or the part-time pro rata equivalent.

See below for scholarships available to international students.

The £3,000 National Scholarship will open in October for first year students - students will receive an email to their official university email account which will invite them to complete and submit an application form.

The University estimates that more than one thousand of its first year students will qualify for a National Scholarship in 2014.

Those students not eligible for a scholarship under the National Scholarship Programme are:

  • NHS Funded students
  • Students funded by the National College for Teaching and Learning for Schools
  • Students directly continuing from one course to another (eg from a foundation degree or HND to the final year of an honours degree)
  • Students transferring in from another institution
  • Students taking a postgraduate qualification
  • Part-time students studying at less than 25per cent intensity of the full-time equivalent
  • Any other students whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement

Awards will be made only upon confirmation of household income so it is essential that students submit an income assessed application to Student Finance England (SFE) and submit all evidence requested. You must also ensure that you or your parents do not tick the box on your application that removes the consent to share because this would prevent confirmation of your income being shared with us. Please see The Student Finance England Factsheet How you are Assessed and Paid for details about whose income is taken into account when household income is assessed. Their website is www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

EU and part-time students will receive a separate form from Student Finance England to provide details of their household income and some scholarships will be reserved for part-time students whose income cannot be assessed by SFE until after they have started the course. EU students will receive the full £3,000 National Scholarship in the form of a fee waiver.

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£1,000 Fee Waiver Scholarships

For 2014 only, and in addition to the National Scholarship referred to above, the University will be awarding £1,000 scholarships, in the form of a tuition fee discount, to new first year students who qualify for a partial maintenance grant (i.e. from households with an income between £25,000 and £42,611).

This scholarship will open in October for first year students (with the exception of students in receipt of NHS bursaries) – students will receive an email to their official university email account which will invite them to complete and submit an application form.

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£500 Wychavon Scholarships

The Wychavon Scholarship has been launched to help support students from the district of Wychavon studying at the University of Worcester.

The scholarship is open to students from the Wychavon district choosing to study full time at the University of Worcester and can be taken up for courses starting in September 2013.

The scheme will initially run for students starting in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and will be open to undergraduates (except nursing and midwifery students who do not pay university tuition fees) and will provide £500 per student, for up to 100 students in each of the three academic years. The scholarship won’t be means tested, but will be available to applicants in the order in which they apply.

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£1,000 Academic Achievement Scholarships

Based solely on academic performance, the University awards up to 100 scholarships of £1,000 each to eligible high-achieving undergraduate students after completion of the first and second year of a degree course or first year of a Foundation degree or HND. These scholarships are available thanks to generous gifts made to the University by alumni, Fellows, philanthropists and friends of the University, and university fund-raising initiatives.

Student do not apply for these scholarships as they are awarded to eligible students with the best academic profiles across the University.

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£2,000 Choral Scholarships

In partnership with Worcester Cathedral, Choral Scholarships are available to young men with counter-tenor, tenor and baritone/ bass voices and are aimed at encouraging young singers to become part of the long-standing tradition of Cathedral Music, while pursuing a course of study. The scholarships are available to students in he first, second or third year of an undergraduate course.

Scholars will receive £2,000, paid in instalments over 12 months, private singing tuition and support from a Principal Lay Clerk. In addition to regular services, the post will give an opportunity to sing with the Cathedral Choir in concerts, recordings, tours and the world famous Three Choirs Festival, for which additional remuneration will be paid.

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Sports Scholarships

If you have an outstanding record of achievement in a particular sport and want to combine this talent with study at a university with a proven reputation, then you may be eligible for a sports scholarship at Worcester. Our sports scholarships and bursaries represent a very special partnership with some of the region’s top sports teams, including Worcestershire County Cricket Club (WCCC), Worcester Hockey Club and Worcester Wolves Basketball Club.

Visit the Sports Scholarships page for more details.

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£1,000 University Scholarships (Extra-Curricular Activities)

Students have the opportunity twice a year to apply for funds, up to £1000, to assist them with activities such as:

  • Voluntary activities which are community based, either in the UK or abroad
  • Activities related to a past-time or interest in which the student is involved (e.g. music or some other arts-based area; elite sport)

The deadline for applications is the 1st December and 1st March each year and information regarding how to apply is available via the student SOLE page and Registry Services normally 6 weeks prior to the deadline.

Recent success stories include:

  • Chanel Bryant, who has been awarded a scholarship to help her extend her commendable list of charity work later this year.
  • Sam Thomson, who is a potential future star of Scottish rugby.

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Scholarships for International students

Overseas students who are currently holding an offer from us and are not being funded from another source can apply for an International scholarship.

Students may also apply for a range of scholarships and funding provided by UK and international Government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, a number of research councils, industry and employers.

For more information about scholarship funding and eligibility, please download the Additional information for International Students document.

Email International Recruitment on international@worc.ac.uk to request further details and receive a copy of the application form.

Learn more about funding opportunities on the British Council website.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

The Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities, to jointly support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. See the Additional Information for International Students link on this page for more information about the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme and how to apply.

Further information can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

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EU Postgraduate Scholarship Criteria

EU postgraduate students are eligible to apply for scholarships of up to £1000 each. The University Scholarship Committee will assess the candidates’ applications based on their academic merits and will award to those who best match the criteria.

New students:

  • Applicants must be holding a current conditional offer from the University of Worcester
  • Applicants must be privately funded and not in receipt of other sponsorship
  • Applicants must be a potential Postgraduate student from the European Union
  • The application letter must be typed and no more than 250 words. It should describe any outstanding achievements and supporting evidence must be attached
  • Successful applicants will normally be expected to participate in University publicity events, publications, photographs, web and similar related material

Get in touch

Financial advice

The University's Welfare and Financial Guidance Service is available to you even before you apply. If you'd like confidential, one-to-one advice, contact our Welfare and Financial Advice office through Firstpoint on:

Tel: 01905 542551
email: firstpoint@worc.ac.uk

If you have a question about tuition fees and how to pay them, please contact our finance office on 01905 85 5113.