Academic scholarship is awarded through the 11+ entrance examinations, 13+ and 16+ scholarship examinations taken prior to entry to the College, or through nomination whilst at the College.

11+ Scholarships

Scholars will be selected from the highest achieving candidates in the 11+ entrance exam. 

13+ Scholarships

Candidates will sit the Common Scholarship Examinations at the times set for Group A schools, usually at the end of February. Full details of the syllabuses and specimen papers can be obtained from the Independent School Examinations Board website

The Examination

Papers are set in English, Mathematics, Science (Chemistry, Biology & Physics), Latin, French (Oral, Listening, Reading & Writing), History, Geography and Religious Studies. There is an optional Greek paper set by Ampleforth College. Good work in this paper may help but cannot harm the chances of an award. Although there is no set examination in Art, Design and Technology or ICT, candidates are encouraged to offer portfolios of work done in these areas in support of their award. A good portfolio may help but cannot harm the chances of an award.

Applications for the Common Scholarship Examinations are made through the candidate's preparatory school. Candidates who do not attend a school that prepares for the Common Scholarship Examinations should contact the Senior Admissions Registrar at Ampleforth College.

Top candidates may be awarded 10% remission on school fees. Other Academic Scholarships at Ampleforth are honorary and do not carry with them a remission of fees. The award of an Academic Scholarship can support a bursary application, which is means-tested. 

16+ Scholarships

Candidates for Sixth Form Scholarships sit examinations held at Ampleforth during November. Full details of the format and specimen papers may be downloaded or can be obtained from the Senior Admissions Registrar.

The Examination

There will be one three-hour paper, comprising four questions. There is one compulsory question taken from the general section, and any three further questions taken from any of the subject-specific sections. The subjects and questions chosen by candidates do not commit them to studying the same subjects in the Sixth Form. Therefore, they should choose questions from subjects that will allow them to present their current academic talent in its best light. There are no oral examinations in Modern Languages.

Internal Nominations whilst at the College

Each Autumn Term tutors will nominate suitable students to be considered for the award of the status of full academic scholar. Students need to have attended the college for at least one full academic year to be eligible.

Academic Scholarship Opportunities

Scholars will benefit from scholars’ tutorials and a programme of evening workshops and lectures. They will be expected to take advantage of extension in the classroom and participate in the wider academic life of the school (such as completing prize essays, joining academic societies etc.). In the Sixth Form there will be a scholars’ celebration held in the Lent or summer term. The Head of Academic Scholars, Dr Jane Weston, will also oversee their progress in addition to their tutor.

Conditions for retention of academic scholar status

1. To remain in the top 20% of the year group by academic performance.

2. To receive at least three Heads’ commendations per academic year.

3. Not to commit any serious breach of discipline.


Scholarship AwardDate of ScholarshipClosing date for ApplicationsClosing date for Bursary Applications
11+ Academic tbctbctbc
13+ Academic 

Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th February 2021

Monday 30th November 2020Thursday 31st December 2020
16+ Academic Friday 27th November 2020Saturday 31st October 2020Saturday 31st October 2020


The scholarship application fee is £50. More information about payments can be found here