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Varsity Education Scholarships & Bursaries

Varsity Education is proud to be not for profit and as part of our work improving access to top UK Universities, we offer both scholarships and bursaries on all of our programmes. Our Scholarship Scheme helps top performing students attend our programme by offering a partial scholarship on the full course fees. For students who could not afford to attend one of our courses, they can apply for one of our bursaries, which will cover 100% of the course fees.

For more information on eligibility, how to apply and closing deadlines, please see below.

Varsity Education Scholarship Scheme

The Varsity Scholarship Scheme is the largest offered by any independent Oxbridge preparation course and helps able students from all over the world attend our programmes. Students applying for one of our scholarships must meet all of the requirements and apply well in advance of the preferred course in order to be considered.

Our scholarships are awarded based exclusively on academic merit and if granted will be either 20% or 50% of ordinary course fees depending on the calibre of the application. Each candidate will be assessed by their personal statement, interview, teacher reference and a short written assignment. Once a student has completed all elements of an application, we will decide whether we will accept you on to that programme and whether or not you will be awarded a scholarship.

When applying for a scholarship, you are required to pay a deposit of £500. In the event that you are not offered a scholarship, you will have the option to either refund the deposit minus a £50 administrative fee or accept the place on the programme without a scholarship.

The requirements for a scholarship are as follows:

  • You are currently aged 15-18
  • You are studying (or going on to study) A-Levels or equivalent
  • You have an outstanding academic record at GCSE level or equivalent

How to apply

Applications should be made using our online application form. You will be required to complete an additional section of the form to apply for a scholarship. You will be asked to complete a personal statement and pay a £500 deposit in order to complete the application form.

All scholarship applications must be supported by a letter of recommendation from a teacher or tutor at your school who knows you personally. If you cannot upload a letter at the time of application then you will need to provide the name and contact details of your referee on your application.

 You will be contacted by a member of the Varsity Team with further information on the written assignment and a number of interview slots to choose from.

 Once all parts of the application have been completed, we will contact you to let you know if you will be offered a scholarship. If you are not offered a Varsity Scholarship, you may choose to either pay the full course fees or request a refund of your deposit. 

Varsity Bursary Scheme

The Varsity Bursary Scheme is designed for students who do not have the financial means to attend one of our programmes. The bursary covers 100% of the course fees, which includes accommodation, meals and tuition. Bursary places are extremely competitive and are open to students from all over the world. All bursary candidates must meet both the above scholarship criteria, as well as the additional requirements listed below in order to apply.

Bursary applications for Varsity Education’s  summer programmes 2018 are now being accepted.


In addition to the above scholarship requirements, bursary applicants must also fulfill the following criteria:

  • You must be in full-time education at a non-selective state school or on a full fees bursary at a fee-paying school
  • Your school does not have a history of regularly sending students to Oxbridge
  • You intend to apply to Oxford or Cambridge for 2019 or 2020 entry
  • Neither of your parents attended university
  • Without the Varsity Bursary, you would not financially be able to attend the programme

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How to apply

To request an application form, email You must NOT complete the online application form.

The bursary application form will ask you to provide personal details as well as a teacher reference, a short personal statement and your academic qualifications (achieved and predicted) to date. After we receive your form, you will be contacted by a member of the Varsity Team with further information on the written assignment and a number of interview slots to choose from.

If applying for a summer programme in 2018: The deadline for applications is 29th April 2018 and you will be contacted in May/June with the results of your bursary application.

Important Information

Varsity Education shall determine the recipients of the scholarship or bursary at its sole discretion. The decision of Varsity Education will be final in all cases.

The value of that award is entirely at the discretion of Varsity Education Ltd.

Scholarships are specific to the programme that the student has applied for.

In the event of information coming the attention of Varsity Education that there has been any fraud or that any information given in support of the application has knowingly is false, Varsity Education reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship and request full payment of course fees. Failing which, the student’s place on the programme shall be revoked and no refund shall be due.

Our scholarship and bursary students join our Ambassador Programme upon completion of their course. This allows them to inform other interested students about Varsity Education programmes as well as receive ongoing support from the Varsity team. For more information, please email

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