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The Lord Mayor of London Scholarships for Academic Excellence

If you are starting an undergraduate course at City in September 2021 a scholarship of £2,000 is available for your first year, subject to confirmation of your qualifications being eligible.

To qualify for The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship for Academic Excellence in 2021/22, you must:

  • be a student from the UK
  • be in your first year of undergraduate study in 2021/22;
  • achieve 'A' Level grades of AAA (or equivalents in other eligible qualifications);
  • make City your Firm choice (CF or UF) or be placed through Clearing.

The tabs below further explain the eligible qualifications required and the terms and conditions of the scholarship.

Registration and deadline

If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship you will receive an email from our Admissions Team, detailing the terms and conditions and how to apply.

If you believe you are eligible and have not yet received an email, please contact the Admissions team, by completing the form, and choosing Scholarships in the enquiry category.

Payment will be made in February 2022.

Value of the scholarship

The value of the Lord Mayor of London Scholarships for Academic Excellence in 2020/21 will be £2,000 for all programmes (except those in Computer Science) and will be paid during the first year of study.

Computer Science programmes

Applicants to Computer Science, Computer Science with Cyber Security, Computer Science with Games Technology who achieve AAA (or a grade mix equivalent to AAA) at ‘A’ level will receive £2,000 and if one of their ‘A’ levels is a grade B or higher in either Mathematics or Computing/Computer Science, they will receive an additional £1,000.

Applicants to the above courses who achieve D*DD and above at BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma level will receive £1,000.

Eligibility grid

The below table shows the minimum A Level equivalents required to be eligible for the scholarship.

Qualification Grades
'A' level A* A* C
  A* A B
  A A A
Access 45 Distinctions at L3
BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Distinction
CACHE Level 3 Diploma A
International Baccalaureate (IB) 35
Scottish Adv Highers A A B
Scottish Highers A A A A C
  A A A B B
Irish Leaving Certificate A1 A1 A1 A1

Where a combination of BTEC (QCF) Diploma, BTEC (QCF) Subsidiary Diploma and A levels are presented, the best three results will be taken.

Combinations of the BTEC and Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications not included above will be considered at the discretion of the university.

Applicants with the full Cambridge PreU (2-3 Principal Subjects plus Global Perspectives and/or Short Course) will be considered on an individual basis.

Please note this grid does not include the full information for Computer Science programmes. Please see the 'Value of the scholarship' tab for more information.

Terms and conditions

The following terms and conditions are relating to 2020 entry only.

  1. Students must be undertaking a full time course at City on 1st December 2020 to be eligible to receive The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship of Academic Excellence.
  2. Students must be new entrants to Higher Education i.e. have not previously studied all or any part of an Undergraduate degree either in the UK or elsewhere.
  3. Students must choose City, University of London as their Firm choice through UCAS at initial decision stage or be placed through Clearing at City, University of London.
  4. Only students paying the full UK/EU tuition fee, as set by the UK government, are eligible for an award.
  5. Students must be commencing the first year of their degree as a new student i.e. those commencing in Year 2 or 3 will not be eligible.
  6. Scholarships are only awarded in Year 1. Year 0 students progressing to Year 1 will not be eligible.
  7. The Scholarship is available to all undergraduate students assessed as 'Home/EU' by City, University of London who meet the eligibility requirements.
  8. Students assessed as 'Overseas' by City, University of London and are liable for the 'international' fee are not eligible.
  9. Students who restart a degree will not be eligible.
  10. Students are required to register for the scholarship by 30th September 2020. Students who do not complete the application process by this deadline will not be eligible.
  11. The required qualifications at 'A' level are AAA or above. 'A' levels must have been obtained from an official UK board. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies 'A' levels are excluded. Two 'A' levels taken in the same subject will not count twice. Modular 'A' levels must have been cashed-in, certified and proven by 15th November 2020. Grades will be taken as stated on a student's certificate.
  12. Scholarships are awarded using the strict eligibility grid. Other qualifications and grades are only considered at the discretion of City, University of London. All qualifications are subject to confirmation by 15th November 2020.
  13. Students may be requested to provide additional information in order to confirm their eligibility for a Scholarship. Any additional information requested must be provided to City by 15th November 2020 in order for a student to be considered for a scholarship.
  14. Students who withdraw from City before completion of their studies for the first academic year will be liable to repay to City the full amount received.
  15. City, University of London reserves the right to make changes to the terms and conditions of The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship for Academic Excellence and these will appear on our website.
  16. Students awarded the Scholarship will be required to provide their bank details by 15th January 2021.
  17. Scholarships are in the gift of the university and we can exclude an applicant at our discretion.


Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about the scholarship. If you have any remaining questions not covered below, please contact the Admissions team, by completing the form, and choosing Scholarships in the enquiry category.

Do I need to apply for the Lord Mayor's Scholarship?

Yes. All students will need to register by 30th September for entry that autumn.

Do I need to provide anything to get the Lord Mayor's Scholarship?

For most students, your results will have been received electronically via UCAS. For some, however, where there is no electronic evidence we may need to write to you for confirmation or further details about your educational background. You must provide all of your documentary evidence by 15th November of your entry year.

How will I know if I am to be awarded the Scholarship?

You will be sent an email in January confirming your award and asking for your bank account details. You must confirm your bank account details to City by 15th January to enable your payment to be processed in February.

Do I have to use the money to pay for my tuition fees?

You can spend the money on whatever you wish. It is not used to offset your tuition but rather is a single cash sum paid into your bank account.

Why is the Lord Mayor's Scholarship not paid until February?

City, University of London must comply with a government census date which occurs on 1st December. As such we wait until after that reporting date before allocating the scholarships. Also, we have to cross-reference potential Lord Mayor's scholars with other awards that may have different selection criteria.

I have a combination of 'A' levels and BTEC which adds up to 144 tariff points. Will this be considered the same as AAA in 'A' level?

No. The eligibility grid is a fixed table of qualifications and grades. Combinations of qualifications which are not on the exact list are not considered eligible.

Does it matter that I did the International Baccalaureate in Germany?

As long as you are assessed as 'Home/EU' by City, have the required qualifications and fulfil all the necessary criteria, you will be put forward for the award. See the full Terms and Conditions for more information. If you do not have a 'Home/EU' fee status you may be eligible to apply for one of our other Bursaries and Scholarships.

I attained good marks in the French Baccalaureate? Will I be eligible?

Only the qualifications on the eligibility grid are counted. If your qualification is not on the grid then you must consider that it is excluded. Please refer to the eligibility grid for further information. If you do not have a 'Home/EU' fee status you may be eligible to apply for one of our other Bursaries and Scholarships.

If I retake one of my 'A' levels later to give me AAA can I be awarded the Scholarship retrospectively?

Students are awarded on the basis of their qualifications on entry. You are given until the 15th November of your entry year to provide all bona fides. Retaking a qualification after that and backdating it will not be counted.

Can I get more than one scholarship?

Students will only be awarded one of the Lord Mayor of London Scholarship, the Global Leaders, the Presidents International or the Cass International Scholarship. Students may, however, be awarded the LMS and one of the City Education Grant or Sanctuary Scholarship.

If I have studied at a university elsewhere can I still get the Lord Mayor's Scholarship?

Under the Terms and Conditions, the Lord Mayor's Scholarship is only awarded to students where City is their first time in Higher Education. If you have done any previous study of any duration, at Undergraduate or Postgraduate level, you would not be entitled.

Can I secure my scholarship and then defer my place?

The Lord Mayor's Scholarship is only awarded to students who are fully registered and 'current' on 1st December. Also, the Terms and Conditions are subject to change and so will only apply to the year in which you actually start your course.

I have another query. Who can I contact?

Any enquiries regarding the Lord Mayor's Scholarship and the Terms and Conditions may be directed to the Admissions team, by completing the form, and choosing Scholarships in the enquiry category.