Newcastle College University Centre Scholarships

What is a scholarship?

A scholarship is a type of non-repayable financial support, which takes financial need into account alongside several other factors which form the assessment criteria.

They are usually competitive, with a limited number of awards available which will go to the applicant/s who most closely fulfill the assessment criteria. For this reason, there is a formal application process for scholarships.

Scholarships are reviewed on a regular basis and Newcastle College University Centre reserves the right to withdraw, amend or introduce new scholarships at any time. Scholarships are offered subject to funding and availability.

Newcastle College University Centre Scholarships 2020/21

There are a limited number of scholarships of up to £9,000 available, awarded as fee waivers over the duration of the programme to students who meet the criteria. 

Scholarships are available for two years for a Foundation Degree and three years for an undergraduate Honours Degree. (Top-Up) Degrees are also considered for a one year scholarship.

All students who would like to be considered for a scholarship must complete and submit the online application form at the bottom of this page, including a supporting statement. All scholarships are based on applicants meeting certain criteria. Newcastle College University Centre's decision on all applications will be final.


To be eligible to apply for a Newcastle College Scholarship students must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • have been offered a place on a full-time undergraduate degree or Foundation Degree at Newcastle College University Centre

  • be a resident in the UK

  • not be in receipt of full or part payment of fees through a sponsorship arrangement

  • be new entrants to higher education in 2020

  • make/have made Newcastle College University Centre a firm or only choice

  • register on an undergraduate/Foundation Degree course at Newcastle College University Centre in September

  • have completed an application for means tested Student Support through the Student Loans Company for one or more elements of the government's student finance package (Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant) and agree that their financial information can be shared with Newcastle College University Centre (Students applying for the Asylum Seeker Scholarship are exempt from this requirement). 

In addition, student applicants must fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • be a student with a disability in receipt of a Disability Living Allowance

  • be a looked-after child/care leaver

  • be a Young Carer¹ at the start of the academic year 2020/21

  • hold Refugee status

  • hold Asylum Seeker status

  • be a female who has applied for one of our STEM Foundation Degree or Honours Degrees

  • have completed a minimum of 3 years’ military service since their eighteenth birthday in the British Armed Forces

  • be a white, working class British male and live in a polar 1 or polar 2 postcode

Our scholarships provide opportunity for those least likely to study a degree or have the chance to do so. This criteria is based on socio-economic research.

This is based on our widening access data and UK-wide research. As such, we offer a wide range of scholarships with targeted support e.g. refugees and asylum seekers, care leavers and care givers, ex-armed forces, women in STEM subjects, those living with a disability, and white working class males living in areas of deprivation (based on postcode).

Colleges and Universities have been asked to directly address supporting white working class males in UK higher education. You can find the full details of the range of scholarships we offer here.

If you are a first generation² in the family to study in higher education this will help support your application, but we will not exclude anyone who isn't.

¹Young carers are defined as “young people aged 14-24 who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction” (Carers Trust 2015, ‘Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities’, (England version). Caring responsibilities may include practical tasks, physical care, personal care, help with medication, managing family budgets, helping with communication, support for siblings, emotional support.

²Neither parent studied at university or holds a higher education qualification. If the number of applications exceeds the number of scholarships to be awarded, priority will be given to students who fulfill this criteria.

The Scholarships

There are seven scholarships available. You can find full details of each scholarship, including individual eligibility criteria on this factsheet.

The Application Process

  • Students will complete and submit the online application at the bottom of this page to apply for one of the seven scholarships.*
  • Online applications must be submitted by the closing date of Friday 11 December 2020.
  • All applications will be collated and sent to the Scholarship Committee** who meet five days after the submission deadline.
  • The board reviews all of the applications submitted and a decision is made based on the evidence provided. Where there is a split decision, the chair will make the final decision.
  • Students will be informed that they have been awarded a scholarship, or if their application has been rejected, by email. A written letter will follow. All students will be informed 5 working days after submission

The board's decision is final.

If students receive a scholarship they are NOT eligible for the HE bursary.

* Eligibility criteria applies
**The scholarship committee is made up of five members of academic and non-academic staff.

Register your interest

You can register your interest in a scholarship by completing the form below and a member of the team will come back to you.

Newcastle College University Centre Scholarships

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