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Bristol Scholars

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The Bristol Scholars scheme is an innovative offer for post 16 students in the City of Bristol.

Bristol Scholars will take part in a range of outreach activities, receive academic tutoring and be eligible for a tailored offer of a place on an undergraduate programme at the University.

The scheme is intended to capture the talent we know exists in our locality, to demonstrate the University's commitment to Bristol's schools and colleges and provide alternative entry routes into our programmes.

School eligibility and nomination process

The Bristol Scholars Scheme allows Headteachers and Heads of Post 16 to select, on the basis of their academic potential, up to five students who will be eligible for a guaranteed tailored offer from the University of Bristol. The tailored offer is designed to reflect the fact that the students' predicted results, or performance in Year 12, may not reflect their academic ability.

Bristol Scholars activities and events

As well as a guaranteed tailored offer, Bristol Scholars students will also be able to take part in an outreach programme which will comprise:

  • regular visits to the University;
  • private academic tuition;
  • study skills sessions.


Those students who firmly accept the offer of a place to study at the University of Bristol may be eligible for the Bristol Scholars bursary. This consists of:

  • A Bristol Scholars bursary of £3,855 for the first year of study (providing eligibility criteria are met);
  • A full tuition fee waiver for your first year of study;
  • A bursary of £3,750 in the second and subsequent years of study (this excludes courses which are funded by the NHS from the fifth year of study onwards).
  • To be considered for the bursary you need to have a household income of below £25,000 per year.

The Bristol Scholars bursary reflects our commitment to attracting the very best students to the University of Bristol and demonstrates how highly we regard those students who complete the Bristol Scholars scheme.

Support during undergraduate study

In order to ensure Bristol Scholars students are able to make a secure and successful transition to the University, support will be provided from the moment the student has firmly accepted their offer of a place in August 2017. The students will be assigned a peer mentor, will receive additional academic support (if required) and will have a dedicated member of the UK Student Recruitment Team to contact with any queries they may have.