Who can apply?

Places on the HPAS Scheme are available to undergraduate and postgraduate applicants of outstanding sporting ability along with current students who meet the necessary criteria. Scholarship athletes will be able to show evidence of current performance at national or international but applications are also welcome from those who are currently involved in high level high level sport (regional/county standard) and demonstrate potential to reach the above standards.

Successful applicants will be enrolled on the HPAS Scheme and will represent the university in BUCS and national competition (dependent upon sport)

The table below outlines the support that is available to individuals and the necessary levels of competition that must be achieved (within the 12 months prior to the beginning of the University term) to be eligible to receive the appropriate level of support.

Athlete Status Eligibility Criteria Support Available
HPASS Elite Scholar Competing at international or national level in a BUCS and a UK Sport recognised sport and has been part of the relevant NGB performance pathway (i.e. TASS, Podium Potential or Podium level athlete, U20/U21/U23 representation) within the last 12 months. Value of £3000:
£1000 direct funding
£2000 in support services*
HPASS Scholar Competing at international or national level in a BUCS and a UK Sport recognised sport. Value of £1500:
£1000 in support services*

*Support services include: SSP membership, physiotherapy costs, S&C services, sports science services, nutritional support, travel and competition expenses.

The link below lists the sports supported by UK Sport:


HPASS offers are only made to students who have gained an offer of a place or normal admission to a course based on their academic qualifications. However, it is not necessary to wait for an offer of a place before submitting your application form.

Please note that HPASS selection is not guaranteed and the panels' decision on the level of each applicant will be final - all applications are assessed via a selection panel along with background checks to confirm the current level of competition.

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