The Situational Judgement Test for Admission to Clinical Education (SJTace) is an admissions test used for entry to the Scottish Graduate Entry Medical Programme (ScotGEM).

Bursary Scheme

Candidates in financial need may apply for a bursary to cover the full test fee.  This only applies to UK and EU candidates taking the UCAT or SJTace.

Bursary scheme opens: 1 May 2019
Deadline for applications: 18 September 2019 at 5pm
Bursary voucher expiry date: 16 October 2019

Candidates need to meet one of the criteria below and be able to provide relevant documentary evidence to support their application.  Applications without the correct supporting evidence or late applications will not be considered.  Please ensure you have sought the permission of any third party before you provide any evidence which may include their personal data.

Bursary Eligibility

Bursaries are available to candidates who meet one of the following criteria:  

Bursary Criteria

Evidence Required

In receipt of Free School Meals.

Please provide a letter from your school/college confirming you receive free school meals (local authority funded only).

In receipt of a 16 to 19 Bursary in England or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Please provide an official award letter for academic year 2018/19 or 2019/20.  We do not accept evidence that relates to scholarships/bursaries at independent or fee-paying schools.

In receipt of Further Education Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) or equivalent FE funding for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Please provide an official award letter for academic year 2018/19 or 2019/20.  

In receipt of a FULL rate Maintenance Grant* from Student Finance England/Wales/Northern Ireland or a FULL rate Young Students’/Independent Students’ Bursary from Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

Please provide a Student Finance or SAAS award letter for academic year 2018/19 or 2019/20 including reference to the means tested grant/bursary element and not only tuition fee or maintenance loans.  Click for an example.
*Maintenance grants were replaced with loans for new full-time students in England who started their course from August 2016 onward.  If you are in receipt of a Student Finance England award under these new rules evidence of a FULL RATE maintenance loan will be accepted.  Please ensure you check what qualifies as a FULL MAINTENANCE LOAN RATE here BEFORE you apply.

In receipt of Income SupportJob Seeker's AllowanceEmployment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit.

Please provide an official award letter dated 2019.

In receipt of an equivalent means tested benefit to one of the above, if they are outside the UK but within the EU.

Please provide an award letter from a relevant government agency plus a translation into English, both dated 2019

Live with a family member in receipt of Child Tax Credit where the candidate is named on the award and the household income as stated on the award is less than £35k.

Please provide a Tax Credit Award Notice for 2018/19 or 2019/20 which must include the pages showing total household income (less than £35k) and the section where the candidate is named.  Click for an example.  Please ensure you provide both these pages or your application will be rejected.

Live with a parent/guardian in receipt of Income SupportIncome-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income-based Employment and Support Allowance.

Please provide an award letter (all pages) from the UK Jobcentre Plus dated 2019.

Live with a parent/guardian in receipt of Universal Credit if the household income as stated on the award is less than £35k.

Please provide a Universal Credit Award Notice (all pages) for 2018/19 or 2019/20.

In receipt of or living with a parent/guardian in receipt of Asylum Support.

Please provide an official award letter dated 2019.

Application Process

All applications should be made using the online bursary form.  You will then have the option to either upload your evidence or post it to the address in the application confirmation emailYour application will be rejected if you do not provide the full evidence required by the deadline.  

We do not accept P60's; annual accounts; award letters for Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Child Benefit; or scholarships/bursaries at independent or fee-paying schools.  


All applications are processed within 5 working days and you will be notified of the outcome by email.  If you have not heard from us 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.

If your application is approved you will receive a bursary voucher code by email which you can enter at the point of booking to pay for your test.  If you have already paid for your test you will need to contact Pearson VUE Customer Services to arrange for a refund.

If your application has been rejected and you have any queries regarding this decision please email the UCAT Office (with additional evidence if necessary).

Important note: If you apply for and receive a bursary voucher code but then decide not to sit the UCAT, you MUST cancel your test, otherwise UCAT will be charged the full test fee for your missed appointment.  Because of this we reserve the right to request repayment of the FULL FEE for any missed appointments where candidates have received a bursary voucher and then failed to attend their test without cancelling within the appropriate deadlines.

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.