Many UK universities offer scholarships for academic excellence and this does not always have to be straight A*s. They are sometimes also called scholarships for academic achievement or for academic merit.
Some universities use these academic scholarships to attract the brighter students, and depending on the university concerned this will not always mean the top grades only. So if you have done well in your exams, it is always worth checking out what academic excellence scholarships you could be eligible to apply for. In fact, if you can’t decide between one university course or the other, a nice scholarship boost could be the deciding factor for you.
There are also many scholarships offered to postgraduate applicants who are expecting to do well in their undergraduate degree, offering scholarships for those who achieve a 2:1 or a First.
Here are some examples of the sort of scholarships for academic excellence you might find. If you have a strong academic record and expect to do well in your exams, you may want to take a look at some of these scholarships based purely on academic achievement or potential.
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Aston Achievement Scholarship: £500 to those who achieve BBB or above in their A-levels
The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship for Academic Excellence at City University: Awards are given of £4,265 in your first year for achieving grades above the condition of your offer.
Bangor Merit Scholarships: a one off payment in the first year of up to £3,000 for students who excel in the University entrance exam.
Lancaster University Scholarship: up to £2,000 offered to students with the highest academic profiles.
Bright Spark Scholarship at UEA: £1,000 a year for BBB at A level plus A in the EPQ or equivalent plus excellent results in one of the research projects.
High Achiever Scholarship at the University of Buckingham: £2,000 for students who achieve AAB in their A-levels.
Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship at Bolton University: £1,500 open to any student who has achieved a First in their undergraduate degree