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2012 Entry Full-time Undergraduate Bursaries & Scholarships

Please note - the following information was for 'Home' students only and was valid for students entering the University in the 2012/13 academic year. 


What is available? 


From the University

Northumbria Bursaries

The University has a generous bursary package which is available to you if you come from a household in one of the lower income bands. Eligibility to receive a Northumbria Bursary will be determined when each student applies for one or more elements of the government's Student Finance Package (Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan and Maintenance Grant) and will be means-tested annually.

The bursary package for 2012/13 is outlined in the table below.

Family Income Band Fee WaiverBursary Total
< £16k/year £3000£1,000 £4,000
£16 - 25k/year£2000£1,000 £3,000
£25 - 40k/year -£1,000 £1,000

* Please note, if you are on a course which receives funding from the NHS you will not be eligible to receive a Northumbria Bursary.


The National Scholarship Programme (NSP)

Northumbria has been awarded 217 such scholarships which will be paid as part of our Northumbria Bursary package to students from the lowest income band of <£16,000 per year.


Northumbria Scholarships - £1,000 per year 

The University will award you a scholarship of £1,000 per year if you enter a full time undergraduate course with one of the qualifications detailed below.

A-levels - best three grades, either:

(including Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education (AVCE).
A double award A-level counts as two single awards at the grade awarded.)

A*, A*, A*
A*, A*, A
A*, A, A
A*, A*, B
A, A, A
A*, A, B
A*, A*, C
A, A, B
A*, A*, D
A*, A, C
A*, B, B
A*, A*, + A at AS-level

A BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma with a grade of, either: (inclusive of National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) versions)Best three grades, either:
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*
Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction
Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction  
Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education Grade A 
Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR) National Extended Diploma Grade D1 
National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC)/City and Guilds Land Based Extended Diploma Distinction at Level 3
Progression Diploma A* 
Advanced Diploma
(from the Principal & Generic Learning elements only) 
Scottish Advanced Highers - best three grades, either:A, A, A
A, A, B 
A, A, C  
A, A, D
A, B, B
A, B, C 
Scottish Highers - best five grades, either: A, A, A, A, A
A, A, A, A, B
A, A, A, A, C
A, A, A, A, D
A, A, A, B, B
A, A, A, B, C
A, A, A, B, D
A, A, A, C, C
A, A, A, C, D
A, A, A, D, D
A, A, B, B, B
A, A, B, B, C
A, A, B, B, D
A, A, B, C, C
A, B, B, B, C 
International Baccalaureate Diploma 35 points or more
Irish Leaving Certificate - best four grades, either: A1, A1, A1, A1
A1, A1, A1, A2
A1, A1, A1, B1

Students who have studied qualifications not included in the above list will not be eligible to receive the academic scholarship.

To qualify, in addition to achieving one of the qualifications as detailed in the table above, you must:

(Registering with one of the above does not commit you to incur any loan or other commitment unless you wish to do so.)

The Northumbria Scholarship will be awarded annually provided your academic performance is maintained at a 70% average mark each year,but will not be awarded during any placement year you may undertake. Students who achieve the required mark in one year but whose performance falls below the required threshold in one or more subsequent years will not be allowed to rejoin the scheme and therefore not be entitled to the scholarship if their academic performance subsequently improves. In addition, students who owe the University tuition fees or any other debt will also be withdrawn from the scheme.

Team Northumbria Sport Scholarships

Every year Team Northumbria awards generous Sport Scholarships to talented athletes studying any degree at Northumbria University. For more information go to


Government Funded Support (Loans and Grants)

The Student Finance Package has three elements.

i) Student Tuition Fee Loan

If you pay the full tuition fee of £8,500 you are eligible for a loan from the government to cover the cost of your studies. This is paid directly to the University.

ii) Student Maintenance Loan

Help is also available for your living costs.  It's called the student maintenance loan. In 2012/13 the maximum amount you can apply for is:

Students living at home - £4,375
Students living away from home - £5,500

However, your household's income will affect how much money you can borrow. This is called means testing. You can borrow 65 percent of the loans above without being means-tested.

iii) Student Maintenance Grant

This is a grant, which means you don't have to pay it back.  However, your household income will affect how much money you are entitled to.

If your household income is less than £25,000 a year your grant will be £3,250.  If your household income is between £25,000 and £42,600 you will be granted an amount up to £3,354.

If you receive the full £3,250 grant, this may affect the amount of money you can borrow from the student maintenance loan scheme (see above) but it is likely your grant and loan entitlement will always be higher than maintenance loan on its own.

Some Points to Remember 

Annual Earnings Current System  New System  Annual 'saving'
(Old v New)  
Annual repaymentMonthly repayment Annual repayment Monthly repayment 
£15,000 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0 
£21,000 £540 £45.00 £0 £0 £540 
£22,000 £630£52.50 £90 £7.50£540 
£30,000 £1,350 £112.50 £810 £67.50 £540 
£40,000 £2,250 £187.50 £1,710 £142.50 £540 
£50,000 £3,150 £262.50 £2,610 £217.50 £540 


For more information on student financial support please go to  or