The University Clinical Aptitude Test is used in the selection process by the majority of UK University Medical and Dental Schools.

UCAT Bursary Scheme

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

There is a simple online process for applying for a bursary voucher.  Applications are processed quickly and you can apply even if you have already paid for your test.  

Bursary scheme opens: 1 July 2020 (9am)
Application deadline: 1 October 2020 (4pm)
Voucher expiry date: 16 October 2020

Bursary Eligibility

To be eligible for a bursary you only need to meet one of the criteria below and provide one piece of evidence to support your application:

Criteria, Eligibility and Evidence Required

Free School Meals

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

16 to 19 Bursary (England), or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) (Scotland, Wales or NI)

Please provide your official award letter for academic year 2019/20 or 2020/21.  We do not accept evidence that relates to scholarships/bursaries at independent or fee-paying schools.

Learner Support (FE 19+) or equivalent FE funding for Scotland, Wales or NI

Please provide your official award letter for academic year 2019/20 or 2020/21.

Student Finance England Maintenance Grant or Maintenance Loan* (full-rate), or
Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) Young Students’/Independent Students’ Bursary (full-rate), or 
Student Finance Wales or Northern Ireland Maintenance Grant (full-rate)

Please provide your Student Finance or SAAS award letter for academic year 2019/20 or 2020/21.  Please ensure you include the pages that show the means tested grant/bursary element.  Click for an example.

You must be in receipt of a full-rate means-tested award.

*If your course started after August 2016, we will accept evidence of a full-rate means-tested Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England.  Please ensure you check what qualifies as a Full-rate Maintenance Loan here BEFORE you apply.

Income Support, or
Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA), or 
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of one of these benefits please provide an award letter (all pages) from the UK Jobcentre Plus, dated 2020.

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.

Universal Credit

If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of Universal Credit (income used to calculate the award must be less than 35k) please provide a recent statement from 2020.  We must be able to see the name of the claimant and address, the date, and the take-home pay for the period.  Click for an example.

Working or Child Tax Credit

If you or a family member you live with are in receipt of Tax Credits please provide an award letter from 2019/20 or 2020/21.  You must be named on the award and the household income used to calculate the award must be less than 35k.  Please ensure you provide both the pages that show this or your application will be rejected.  Click for an example.  

EU State Benefit

If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of an equivalent means-tested benefit from another EU state you may be eligible.  Please provide an award letter from a relevant government agency, plus a translation into English, both dated 2020.

Asylum Support

If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of this support please provide an official award letter, dated 2020.

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

Application Process

Please complete the online bursary application form.  You must upload evidence or your application will not be processed.  Your application will be rejected if you do not provide the full evidence required by 4pm on 1 October 2020.

You will be notified of the outcome by email, usually within a couple of days but during busy times it could take up to 5 working days.  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/spam folder.

Once you have your bursary voucher code you can enter it at the point of booking to pay for your test.  During the checkout process there is the option to 'Add a voucher or promo code'.  Enter your bursary voucher code and click apply.

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 Information

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.