Each year, we provide bursaries of £3,000 to around ten new first year students from the West Midlands for their first undergraduate degrees at the University of Cambridge. We pay the bursary directly to the college the student attends for each year of the course specified by the student on their application form. The bursary can be used towards living costs, college fees or a combination of both.
OCR is part of the University of Cambridge and the fund for the scheme comes from our historical links to the West Midlands Examinations Board. For this reason, our bursary scheme is open to students completing their studies at schools or colleges in the Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire Local Education Authorities.
Since we launched the bursary scheme in 2004, we have supported around 200 students at Cambridge University. There are some conditions of course, such as achieving a minimum academic standard each year (usually second-class honours level) and colleges conﬁrming continued enrolment.
The window for applying for the OCR bursary scheme 2023/24 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied this year.
Application forms for OCR’s 2024/25 bursary scheme will be published on the website in early spring 2024. The process is straightforward and requires students and their teachers to complete a section of the form and send it to us with a copy of the UCAS form.