UCAT Bursary Scheme

The 2022 Bursary Scheme closed at 16:00 (BST) on 30 September.  We do not accept late applications under any circumstances.  Candidates who have sat their test have until 16 October to redeem their bursary voucher.

Our Bursary Scheme enables UK candidates in financial need to sit the UCAT for free.

Bursary scheme opens:

24 May 2022 at 9.30am (BST)

Application deadline:

30 September 2022 at 4pm (BST)

Voucher expiry date:

16 October 2022


Bursary Eligibility

To be eligible for a bursary you or a parent / guardian only need to meet one of the criteria below and provide one piece of evidence to support your application.

Eligibility Criteria Evidence Required
Free School Meals A recent letter from your school/college confirming you receive free school meals (Local Authority funded only).
16 to 19 Bursary (England), or EMA (Scotland, Wales or NI) Your official award letter for the current academic year. 
Evidence that relates to scholarships/bursaries at independent or fee-paying schools is NOT accepted.
Learner Support (FE 19+) or equivalent for Scotland, Wales or NI Your official award letter for the current academic year.
HE Student Finance means-tested maintenance award (full rate) Your award letter for the current academic year - ALL PAGES must be provided.   
This includes a Student Finance England Maintenance Grant/Loan (full-rate), Student Awards Agency Scotland Young / Independent Students’ Bursary (full-rate), or a Student Finance Wales or Northern Ireland Maintenance Grant (full-rate).  
Please ensure you check what qualifies as a full-rate maintenance award here BEFORE you apply.  
Awards must be for undergraduate study.  Postgraduate loans are not accepted as they are not means-tested.
Universal Credit The first page of your or your parent/guardian's Universal Credit statement, dated within the last 3 months. We MUST be able to see the name and address of the claimant, the date, and the award amount.  
Working or Child Tax Credit The first page of your or your parent/guardian's award letter, dated within the last 12 months.  We MUST be able to see the name and address of the claimant and the date of the letter.
Income Support, or
Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA), or 
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
ALL PAGES of your or your parent/guardian's award letter from the UK Jobcentre Plus, dated 2022.
If it is your parent/guardian in receipt of JSA or ESA then it MUST be the income-based benefit (e.g. means-tested) and NOT contribution-based.  This is specified on the final page of the award letter.
Asylum Support Your or your parent/guardian's official award letter, dated in the last 12 months.

We DO NOT accept as evidence: P60 (end of year certificate); annual accounts; council tax/housing/child benefit letters.  

We reserve the right to request additional evidence if, in our view, the initial supporting documentation is not sufficient to verify your eligibility.

Application Process

Step 1: Register (create a UCAT Account)

Step 2: Complete the online bursary application form by the application deadline.

  • Applications with correct supporting evidence must be received by 4pm (BST) on 30 September 2022 or they will not be processed.  You will need your candidate ID and a scan/photo of your evidence.

  • We strongly recommend you apply for your bursary voucher before you book your test.

Step 3: Receive your bursary voucher code within 5 working days by email.

  • If you have not received an email from our office within this time please email the UCAT Office and we will check on progress. Before contacting us please check that an email has not been sent to your junk or spam folder. Please do not upload multiple applications.

Step 4: Book your test by the booking deadline (12 noon (BST) on 22 September 2022)

  • Booking opens on 20 June.

  • During the booking checkout process there is an option to 'add a voucher or promo code'.

Important information

  • If you have already paid for your test you can still apply for a bursary.  When your application has been approved you will need will need to email Pearson VUE Customer Services with your bursary voucher code to arrange for a refund. 

  • If you have queries about why your application has been rejected please email the UCAT Office. Do not submit another application. 

  • If you have booked a test using a bursary voucher and then decide not to sit the UCAT, you MUST cancel your test (giving the required minimum notice) otherwise the UCAT Consortium will incur a charge for your missed appointment.  We therefore reserve the right to request repayment of the full test fee from any candidate who fails to attend a test paid for with a bursary voucher. 

  • Data collected from bursary applications may be used for research purposes.  Details regarding how we collect, store and process your data can be found in our Data Privacy Policy

  • When UCAT results are delivered to our Consortium Universities we also indicate whether a candidate has been in receipt of a bursary.  This will not disadvantage your application in any way and they may use this information to help identify candidates from backgrounds under-represented at University.  To ensure your result is flagged in this way you must have redeemed your bursary voucher by 16 October 2022.