Sussex Excellence Scholarship (2018)

A merit-based award recognising, and rewarding, undergraduate students who achieved excellent academic performance before joining the University

Type of award



£3,000 cash award in year one of a three or four year undergraduate degree.


To be eligible for this scholarship, and automatically receive the award, you must:

  • be taking up your place as an undergraduate student in September 2018
  • meet the required grade in one of the listed qualifications (for holders of qualifications not listed there is a separate application process)


Minimum grades required to automatically receive the award

A Level*

AAA (at least 3 A levels at grade A or higher, any combination of subject)

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma*

Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

International Baccalaureate Diploma

36 points (including any bonus points)

Austrian Reifeprüfungzeugnis

Overall mark of 1.6

Canadian British Colombia Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma

AAAAB from Grade 12 courses

Canadian Ontario Secondary School Diploma

AAAAAB from Grade12 U or M courses

European Baccalaureate

Overall average of 85%

French Baccalauréat /Option Internationale du Baccalauréat (OIB)

Overall mark of 14

German Abitur

Overall mark of 1.6

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

Scores of 555 in three subjects, excluding English, Chinese and Core Maths

Indian Standard XII (CBSE, ICSE and Metro boards)

Overall average of 85%

Indian Standard XII (West Bengal)

Overall average of 80%

Norwegian Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole

Overall average of 5

Romanian Diplomă de Bacalaureat

Overall average of 9

Spanish Titulo de Bachillerato

Overall average of 8.5

USA Advanced Placement Test

At least three APs with scores of 5 in each

University of Sussex International Study Centre International Foundation Year

Overall average of 80%

Bellerbys College International Foundation Year

Overall average of 80%

*You will also be eligible if you have mixed BTEC and/or A Level combination of equal 'size' to 3 A Levels / BTEC National Extended Diploma.

Applicants who are taking a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate combined with two A levels would meet the requirements if they achieve at least Distinction in the National Extended Certificate and AA in the two A levels.

For those taking a BTEC Level 3 National Diploma, the eligibility criteria would be met by achieving at least Distinction Distinction in the National Diploma combined with an A grade in one A level.


To be eligible to be considered for this scholarship, if you are not entitled to receive the award automatically, you must:

  • be taking up your place as an undergraduate student in September 2018
  • submit a scholarship application before the deadline
  • receive very high grades (approximately top 10%)


You are not eligible for this scholarship if you:

  • are going to study a Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) degree
  • if you are repeating your first year at Sussex
  • do not accept the University of Sussex as your firm choice
  • do not meet the specified minimum requirement
  • have previously received the Sussex Excellence Scholarship
  • defer your place to 2019, as you would need to be considered again in 2019



24 September 2018 0:00 (GMT)

How to apply

If you are applying with any of the qualifications listed in the eligibility criteria section, then you are automatically awarded the scholarship if you meet the required grade. There is no application form.

If your qualification is not listed in the eligibility criteria section, you are required to complete the Sussex Excellence Scholarship application form to be considered for one of the 10 additional awards available.  It is now too late to apply for the scholarship, the deadline to apply for one of these additional awards was 9 April 2018.

The outcome of the scholarship panel will be communicated in May 2018.

Automatic recipients will receive confirmation of the award at registration in September.


Contact us

For queries about the scholarship please contact the Scholarships Office:



You receive the cash award during your first year, awarded as separate payments of £1,500 in November 2018 and March 2019.


At level(s):

Application deadline:
24 September 2018 0:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: