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Cardiff University Scholarship - 2021 entry

We offer Cardiff University Scholarships worth £3,000 to eligible students.

The scholarships are cash payments and are not means tested. They will be awarded to UK undergraduate students undertaking an eligible degree programme who start their studies in September 2021.


In order to obtain a scholarship you need to:

  • be a UK student coming to Cardiff University in September 2021 and undertaking one of the degree programmes designated for a scholarship
  • achieve minimum grades AAA at A level (or an equivalent qualification)
  • satisfy all aspects of your offer
  • accept the offer of a place at Cardiff on a firm basis by 31 July 2021 (for 2021 entry).
  • meet all the terms of our terms and conditions.

Eligible degree subjects

The following courses are eligible for a Cardiff University scholarship. Please select an Academic School to see the list of eligible courses.

Amount awarded

The total amount awarded is £3,000. Successful students will receive £1,500 in their first year and, subject to continuing satisfactory academic performance, the remaining £1,500 will be paid in equal instalments in each of the remaining years of their course.

How to apply

You do not need to apply for this scholarship. You will be automatically considered for an award if:

  • you have accepted your offer for a designated degree programme from Cardiff University on a firm basis by 31 July 2021 (for 2021 entry) and
  • we have received and confirmed your exam results by 31 August 2021 (for 2021 entry).

If you have been awarded a scholarship, you will be notified in writing by 31 October in the year that you start your course.

Find out more

For more details about this award, including guidance on acceptable equivalent qualifications, please contact the Bursaries and Scholarships team.

Bursaries and Scholarships

Terms and conditions

1. Eligibility conditions

The student must:

  • be eligible for UK student funding for living costs (as defined in the student support funding regulations).
  • have accepted Cardiff as their firm choice by 31 July 2021
  • be registered on the first year of a qualifying full-time undergraduate course at Cardiff University by the 31 of August 2021
  • commence in year 1 of your programme in 2021
  • meet their offer criteria in full
  • achieve a minimum award of 3 A grades at A level by 31 August 2021 (view the accepted equivalent qualifications)

2. Value of Award

The value of the award is £3,000. £1,500 is paid in the first year. The remaining £1,500 is divided equally between the remaining years of the programme. Payments are made in two payments each year by BACS payments. The first payment is paid in mid-November, the second in mid-February each year.

3. Application process

No specific application is required for applicants with standard A-level qualifications. Applicants will normally be identified automatically from the A- level results, (this includes Welsh and International Baccalaureate). If you have other qualifications, you should refer to the table of accepted alternative qualifications.

If they are not listed, you should contact the bursary office before your exams to determine if they are accepted for scholarship purposes and, if so, the grades required. You may be required to send a copy of your results by 31 August 2021.

Please note scholarships are allocated on A-level grades, not UCAS tariff points. A minimum of three A grades at A- level are required, equivalent UCAS tariff points or A*AB qualifications will not be accepted. A-level General studies and Critical Thinking are not considered.

A student whose A-level results are re-graded before 31 October 2021 can apply to be considered for a scholarship award by writing to Regraded results received by the University after 31 October, 2021 will not be eligible for a scholarship award.

Scholarships are awarded in September/October and applicants will be notified by post by 31 of October 2021.

4. Scholarship conditions

A student must be fully enrolled for each academic year and in attendance before a payment can be made.  To receive a scholarship, students must accept the terms and conditions and provide bank details for payment.  Scholarships are normally paid during placement years, or year abroad though students can choose to suspend awards during placements.

Students must satisfy the relevant University examining board each academic year, and they must have been permitted to progress and maintained an average score of 60% (as recorded on the average weighted score on their student record.

All scholars may be required to have their name (and potentially photograph and profile) included in University publicity material.  

Students must follow the University notification process promptly and in addition inform the bursary office if they transfer course, withdraw or take a leave of absence. If a student delays in notifying the bursary office, they will be asked to repay any overpayment of a scholarship award.

5. Scholarship procedures

After the initial offer letter, which is sent to a student’s home address, communication concerning the scholarship will normally be via the student's Cardiff University email.

Final decisions on offering or cancellation of scholarships will rest with the Director of Student Support and Wellbeing in consultation with the relevant Academic School.

Any queries or appeals concerning the scheme should be sent to

6. Termination or suspension of Scholarships

Scholarships will be withdrawn in the following circumstances:

  • a student’s average score for the year falls below 60% (as recorded on the average module report)
  • a student withdraws from the University
  • a student transfers from a qualifying course
  • a student repeats a year of study or does not progress to the next year (except in exceptional cases due to ill health or compassionate grounds where the scholarship will be suspended until the student progresses to the next year).

In addition, scholarships will be suspended during an interruption of study.

7. Important Scholarship information and accepted alternative qualifications

Any student who defers their application to 2022-23 will be considered under any schemes available at that time.

Acceptable alternative qualificationsGrade equivalent to AAA at A level
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate CoreA grade in Advanced WBQ Core + AA at A level
International Baccalaureate (IB)Minimum score of 36 points
BTec Extended DiplomaTriple distinction (all modules must be at level 3 and at distinction level. A minimum of 18 modules are required)
Scottish Higher4 at grade A
Scottish Advanced Highers3 at grade A
Irish leavers certificate5 at grade A

If you are studying for other qualifications than A-levels or those listed here and wish to know if your qualification is accepted for the scholarship scheme, please email with details of your qualifications before the end of July. You will then be informed if they are accepted for scholarship purposes and, if so, what grades you would require to gain a scholarship.