The Keele Excellence Scholarship

The Excellence Scholarship is a cash award of £1,000 paid in your first year of study, available to students who attain the highest grades in their pre-entry qualifications, regardless of household income levels.


To receive the Scholarship you must

Students with the relevant grades in a mixture of qualifications (for example, two Distinctions in a  BTEC qualification and an "A" grade in one A level) could be eligible to receive an Excellence Scholarship.

Please note that the list of eligible grades is not an exhaustive list. If you believe your qualifications may be equivalent to AAA+ at A level then please contact us using the contact details below (see 'How to Apply')

2018 Excellence Scholarship Qualifications



  • The Scholarship will not be awarded to students who receive NHS or other public funding for their course. Please note that if you do not receive the NHS bursary you may be eligible. Please contact us for further information.
  • Students taking undergraduate medicine will not receive the Keele Excellence Scholarship.
  • The Excellence Scholarship is aimed at students who are taking their first degree. Students who have a degree or equivalent level qualification will not be considered for a Keele Excellence Scholarship.
  • Please note that this award is only available to students who enter onto year 1 of their programme of study. Students entering directly onto subsequent years (for example, those transferring from other institutions) will not be eligible.
  • Please see Terms and Conditions for further information

EU Students

If you are an EU student and your qualifications are not listed please contact the International Team who will be able to assess your qualifications -

Please note Keele University use UK NARIC information when calculating grade equivalencies for further information:

How to apply

There is no need to apply, the Scholarship is automatically applied if you meet the criteria.

If you have any queries about eligibility for Excellence Scholarships, please use the following contact details:

Students living in the UK:

Students living in the EU:

Other funding opportunities

If you are eligible for this scholarship and also qualify for one of our income-based scholarships, you will receive both. That's an additional £1,000 on top of your Excellence Scholarship!

Students paying international tuition fees will not be eligible for the Excellence Scholarship (there is a separate scheme for international students who achieve academic excellence, click here for further information).