University Level Bursaries & Scholarships

Funding support for students studying a university level programme

Don't let the worry of funding a degree or university course put you off. We offer a wide variety of bursaries and scholarships. Our student recruitment team can offer information, advice and guidance on all aspects of student finance, bursaries and scholarships, including help with the application processes. University level students are only eligible for one bursary for the duration of their university level studies.

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) Bursary

The Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) Bursary is awarded to all students who apply for a DSA report. This payment is designed to reduce the overall cost to the student and is directly deducted from the invoice. Students are expected to contribute £150 towards the cost of the report, and those in financial difficulty can apply to the Hardship Fund to cover this cost. The student's contribution must be paid prior to the booking of the external test. You can apply for this bursary after you've formally enrolled and registered with the Disability Support Coordinator. See policy for terms and conditions.

College to Uni Level - Level 3 Progression Bursary

£500 cash payment per academic year of full-time higher education study for the duration of a two- or three-year HE course. The Level 3 Progression Bursary is awarded to students who have successfully completed and achieved a full-time Level 3 course at SGS. Applicants must have studied continuously and achieved, with SGS College/BIPA college level, a full-time Level 3 programme within the last two academic years. Payments will be made in three instalments throughout each academic year. Eligible students will be contacted by our Student Experience Team.  This bursary is only available to internal BIPA/SGS students.

Schools & Colleges Partnership Bursary (Connect Partnership)

A one-off £500 Partnership Bursary payment. The Schools Partnership Bursary is awarded to students who have successfully completed a full-time Level 3/A Level course at a partner school.

If you're a member of staff from a school interested in joining the SGS Connect Partnership please contact for further information and a full list of benefits.

Schools Included in the Connect partnership:
Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, Oldland Common, Bristol, BS30 8TS

Care Leavers Bursary

£1000 annual bursary. The Care Leavers Bursary is awarded to students aged between 18 and 21 (or beyond, if being helped with education or training) who, immediately before turning 18, were under the care of a local authority or a Health and Social Care Trust. *Subject to supporting evidence and approval.

Mature Student Bursary

£500 payment during the first year of study. The Mature Student Bursary is awarded to students who are mature (24+ at point of enrolment) and re-entering education. The bursary is issued on a pro rota basis over two years if studying part-time. This bursary is made in three installments during the first academic year. This bursary can be applied for after formal enrolment through the Student Experience team.

Mature Student Scholarship

The Mature Student Scholarship is awarded to students who are over the age of 24 and enrolled on a full-time BIPA/SGS higher education course. Applicants must have been out of education for a minimum of five years. A maximum of two scholarships will be awarded in any academic year. Applications are reviewed on individual merit by a selected panel. Deadline for applications is Friday 9th October 2020 .

Young Carers Bursary

The Young Carers Bursary is awarded to students who can supply evidence of caring or looking after someone at home who would not otherwise cope without their support. Applicants may be entitled to an annual payment of £500 for the duration of a two- or three-year degree programme.

Low Income Bursary

The Low Income Bursary is awarded to students who are enrolled on a Higher Education (university level) course with a household income of £25,000 or less; they may be entitled to a £500 annual payment. Students must be English or Welsh residents and entering into a full-time BIPA/SGS undergraduate degree or HND. Students must be entitled to funding for fees and living costs from Student Finance England/Wales and have a household income of £25,000 or less, as assessed by Student Finance England/Wales. Students must be entitled to student finance and not already hold an HND, Certificate of Higher Education, undergraduate or postgraduate degree. You will be able to apply for this bursary shortly after your formal enrolment through the Student Experience team. Please note: the bursaries listed on this webpage are for degree and university students only.

SGS Alumni Bursary

The Higher Education Almuni Bursary is awarded to students who have completed a Level 3 or part-time course at SGS/BIPA/Bristol School of Art/SGS Sport; they may be entitled to a one-off £500 bursary towards the first year of a BIPA/SGS degree or HND. To be eligible, applicants must not have previously studied at this level or be in receipt of any other bursary or scholarship. Please contact admissions to confirm your eligibility and previous study.  

Please note that all bursaries and scholarships are correct at time of publication; bursaries are subject to change, amend or withdrawal without prior notice and are subject to availability. Students are only eligible for one bursary or scholarship for the duration of their higher education studies at any organisation part of the SGS group (excluding DSA and Hardship). The majority of bursaries/scholarships must be applied for during the first year of study. Full terms, eligibility, criteria and conditions can be found on the SGS College policies page. Please note that meeting our minimum criteria does not guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded