Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence 2020

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How to apply

There is no application form to complete. If you have applied to the University of Kent and have attained the qualifications and grades required for the scholarship, your scholarship will be confirmed via your KentVision portal in early September 2020. 

Qualifications and Grades required

A levels 
AAA / A*A*A* / A*A*A / A*AA / A*A*B / A*AB / A*A*C

International Baccalaureate  
35 points or more, including a minimum of 15 points for Higher Level subjects

Access to HE Diploma  
Overall Pass - must include 45 Level 3 credits at 'Distinction'

Cambridge Pre-U  
D3,D3,D3 / D2,D2,M2 / D2,D3,M2 / D2,D2,M3

Scottish Highers 
A, A, A, A, A / A, A, A, A, B / A, A, A, B, B

Irish Leaving Certificate  
A1, A1, A1, A1

Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma (RQF) 
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (D*D*D*)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction (D*D*D)
Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction (D*DD)
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD)

OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (D*D*D*)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction (D*D*D)
Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction (D*DD)
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD)

Two A levels + one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) 
A*, A*, Distinction* (A*A*D*)
A*, A, Distinction* (A*AD*)
A, A, Distinction* (AAD*)
A, A, Distinction (AAD)

One A level + Pearson BTEC National Diploma (RQF)
A*, Distinction*, Distinction* (A*D*D*) 
A*, Distinction*, Distinction (A*D*D)
A*, Distinction, Distinction (A*DD)
A, Distinction*, Distinction* (AD*D*)
A, Distinction, Distinction (ADD)

One A level + two BTEC National Extended Certificates (RQF) 
A*, Distinction*, Distinction* (A*D*D*) 
A*, Distinction*, Distinction (A*D*D)
A*, Distinction, Distinction (A*DD)
A, Distinction*, Distinction* (AD*D*)
A, Distinction, Distinction (ADD)

One A level + two OCR Technical Extended Certificates 
A*, Distinction, Distinction (A*DD)
A, Distinction, Distinction (ADD)

Two A levels + one OCR Technical Extended Certificate 
A*, A*, Distinction (A*A*D)
A, A*, Distinction (AA*D)
A, A, Distinction (AAD)

One OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma + One OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate
Distinction, Distinction; Distinction (DD;D)
Distinction*, Distinction; Distinction (D*D;D)
Distinction*, Distinction*; Distinction (D*D*;D)
Distinction*, Distinction; Distinction* (D*D;D*)
Distinction*, Distinction*; Distinction* (D*D*;D*)

BTEC National Qualification: Two Pearson BTEC 90 Credit Diplomas (QCF) 
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (D*D*D*D*)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction (D*D*D*D)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction (D*D*DD)
Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (D*DDD)
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDDD)

BTEC National Qualification: One Pearson BTEC 90 Credit Diploma (QCF) + One Subsidiary Certificate (QCF)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (D*D*D*D*)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction (D*D*D*D)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction (D*D*DD)
Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (D*DDD)
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDDD)

BTEC National Qualification: One Pearson National Diploma (RQF) + One National Extended Certificate (RQF)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (D*D*D*)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction (D*D*D)
Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction (D*DD)
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD)

BTEC National Qualification: Three Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas (QCF) 
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (D*D*D*)
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction (D*D*D)
Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction (D*DD)
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD)

BTEC National Qualification: One National Extended Certificate (RQF) + One National Diploma Award (RQF)  
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD)

BTEC National Qualification: Three National Extended Certificate Awards (RQF)  
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD)

BTEC National Qualification: One Extended Diploma (QCF)  
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (DDD)

BTEC National Qualification: Two Level Three BTEC Diplomas (QCF)  
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction* (D*D*D*D*)

University of the Arts London:  Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design
Distinction (D)

University of the Arts London:  Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology
Distinction (D)


The University wishes to acknowledge and reward applicants offering A levels or International Baccalaureate Highers in Mathematics and/or Modern Foreign Languages* with a more flexible academic scholarship offer level in addition to the above criteria:

A levels (including one at a minimum of grade B in Mathematics or approved language)
AAB, A*BB, A*AC

International Baccalaureate (including Higher Level 6 in Mathematics or approved* language) 
34 Points overall, including a minimum of 15 points for Higher Level subjects

Two A levels (including one in Mathematics or approved* language) + one BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma (RQF) 
A, B, Distinction (ABD)

One A level (either Mathematics or approved* Language) + BTEC National Diploma (RQF) 
B, Distinction, Distinction (BDD)

One A level (either Mathematics or approved* language) + two BTEC Subsidiary Awards (RQF)
B, Distinction, Distinction (BDD)

One A level (either Mathematics or approved* language) + two OCR Technical Introductory Diplomas (level 3) B, Distinction, Distinction (BDD)

Two A levels (including one in Mathematics or approved* language) + one OCR Technical Introductory Diploma (level 3)
A, B, Distinction (ABD)

*= Approved Languages: Modern Foreign Languages (excluding English, Classical, and Biblical Languages)

Frequently asked questions

Q  I am a current Kent student, am I eligible to apply for the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence?

A  No - this scholarship is only for applicants to the University.


Q  Will I receive the scholarship for the whole of my undergraduate study?

A  No - the scholarship is awarded for stage 1 (first year) of undergraduate study only.


Q  I already hold an undergraduate degree, am I eligible to receive the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence?

A  No - this scholarship is not for applicants who have attained any qualification higher than those specified (i.e. applicant already holds an undergraduate degree).


Q  Is the scholarship based on household income?

A  No - it is awarded purely on merit and does not affect your student loan.


Q  Can I hold more than one scholarship at a time e.g. Partner School, Music, Sport?

A  Yes - you can hold most other undergraduate scholarships at the same time. (but check the eligibility criteria of the scholarship in question).


Q  How will I receive the funds?

A  The scholarship funds are paid directly into the student's bank account in three instalments as follows: December 2020, January 2021 and April 2021.


Q  Is there an application form to complete?

A  No - if you have attained the necessary grades, your scholarship will be confirmed to you by email in September 2020.


Q  Can my 3 A levels at AAA include General Studies and Critical Thinking?

A  Yes - your 3 AAA levels can include General Studies and Critical Thinking for your scholarship. However, you must also have satisfied your conditions of entry to the University of Kent.


Q  Are Medway School of Pharmacy students eligible to receive the scholarship?

A  No - Medway School of Pharmacy students are not eligible to receive this scholarship from the University of Kent. This is because the Medway School of Pharmacy is a collaboration between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich.


Q  Are Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) students eligible to receive the scholarship?

A  No - KMMS students are not eligible to receive this scholarship from the University of Kent.  This is because KMMS is a collaboration between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.


Q  Are students registered on undergraduate Apprenticeship degrees eligible to receive the scholarship?

A  No - we regret that these students are not eligible to receive this scholarship.


Q  I have more questions - who can I contact?

A  Please contact the Scholarships Unit by email at scholarships@kent.ac.uk