Bursary Programme

Our way of widening access to medicine

  • Bursary Procedure
  • Bursary Criteria
  • Bursary deadlines

Bursary Procedure

UCAT (UKCAT) & BMAT Course Bursary Application Procedure

The applicant must:

  • Complete an application form, giving personal and contact details and chosen course code and dates** (see course schedule for details). Candidates must then have their school stamp the completed application form.
  • The student must provide a typed personal statement of application (up to a maximum of one side of A4 paper) stating why they wish to study their chosen topic at degree level, and why this bursary would benefit them.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from their school on school letterhead, which confirms that the applicant meets the following criteria (see next tab), and which provides any other information the school considers relevant to consideration of the student for a bursary.

 Bursary Application Form



Bursary Criteria

Application Criteria

The applicant must be (to be confirmed by school):

  • In the top 25% of students (academically) in their year at school.
  • Well-suited and committed to a medical career as a doctor, dentist or other profession for which taking the UCAT or BMAT is required as an entry prerequisite.
  • In receipt of a school bursary or some other Government support and would be unable to attend this course without the financial assistance of a scholarship – please provide some information supporting this.

 Bursary Application Form

Please note: Each free bursary offered is for access to an Online UCAT or BMAT course worth £170.


Bursary deadlines

Application deadlines:

UCAT & BMAT First Round Deadline: Friday 26th June 2020

UCAT & BMAT Second Round Deadline: Friday 17th July 2020

Course reviews from former Kaplan students

Lauren B, a Birmingham Classroom Course Student, scored 3020, Band 3

As I was the only student at my school sitting the UCAT, I felt I had little help and was concerned about how I would score. I feel taking part in the Kaplan course helped me massively as it provided me with skills and tips to allow me to succeed in the exam and get a score high enough to apply to the University of my choice. I can now happily say I start my Medicine degree at this University in just over a week - this may not have been possible without my help from Kaplan.

Yue W, a Live Online Course Student, scored 3220, Band 1

I really enjoyed the UCAT prep. It gave me some very useful advice particularly with triaging but the best thing about this course was probably the confidence and reassurance it gave me that it is possible to do well by putting in effort and it's not a game of luck.

Alice S, a London Classroom Course Student, scored 2790, Band 1

Kaplan was fantastic; it gave me the skills to tackle each section in a logical way, but also the teaching and the resources we were given meant that I continued to practice in a productive way. The methods I learnt from Kaplan, and the practice tests, meant I knew exactly what to expect from my UCAT test and how to approach each question. Without Kaplan, I definitely would have not got the score I did.

Sammy G : "You can see the teaching is actually working."

Sammy was referred to us by a current medical student who took a Kaplan course. She found the Kaplan strategies to be a helpful boost to the prep she did in advance.

Rupert V W: “It’s a great way to kick-off my learning in the UCAT (UKCAT).”

Rupert took the UCAT exam last year but didn’t get the high score needed for medical admission. This year he chose to take a Kaplan course based on recommendations, to boost his score.

Arjun M : "I would really recommend it to someone who's deciding to do the UCAT (UKCAT)"

Arjun was struggling with his UCAT (UKCAT) preparation before he learned Kaplan's techniques and strategies as part of his UCAT course. He really enjoyed the course and recommends it to anyone taking the UCAT.

Charlotte P : "Strategies to overcome really difficult questions"

Charlotte was recommended our UCAT (UKCAT) course by a friend. She found the Kaplan teacher's experience and advice invaluable over just studying from a book.

Cherry Jade L : "When I go to sit the UCAT (UKCAT) I'll have the right stategies and know what to do"

Cherry-Jade appreciates the importance of a high UCAT (UKCAT) score as part of a good medical application. She decided to take the Kaplan UCAT course after discovering that many medical students found the test harder than expected, and that the Kaplan course helped them to get a better result.

Ronan L : "What we have been learning in the course is extremely beneficial"

Ronan took the UCATSEN (UKCATSEN) and found it particularly useful that the teacher was able to adapt the course content so that no student was left behind.

Sambhavi Kumar, 2018 UCAT (UKCAT) Student, scored 3220, Band 2

I found Kaplan very helpful and definitely could not have scored as highly as I did without it. The classroom course was really well delivered, engaging throughout and quite motivating as well.

The online resources were also very good for practise and were brilliant for familiarising myself with the test format.