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Preparation for Higher Education scholarships are awarded in recognition of achievement on the University’s Fastrack course.

Fastrack is an intensive, free 7-week programme for adults, designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge to prepare for entry to an Edge Hill University degree.

Preparation for Higher Education scholarships reward the demonstration of determination and commitment, taking into account attendance and progress, and also recognise students who display promise in the face of adversity.

Scholarship amount

£1,000, paid in two instalments of £500 in Year 1 of your degree, following successful completion of the Fastrack course.

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UK and EU students who enrol on the University’s Fastrack: Preparation for higher education course are eligible to apply for consideration for a Preparation for Higher Education scholarship.

You must complete the Fastrack programme in academic year 2024/25 and subsequently enrol on an undergraduate degree at the University in academic year 2025/26 in order to maintain your eligibility.

Permanent employees of Edge Hill University are not eligible.

How do I apply?

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To be considered for a Preparation for Higher Education scholarship, you need to complete our application form which is available from the Fastrack programme team once you are on-course.

You are encouraged to speak to your Fastrack tutor to discuss your individual situation and desire to be considered for this scholarship.

You should apply during the Fastrack summer programme which begins in June each year. A small selection of Fastrack subjects are also available with an October or February intake. If you are joining an October or February intake, you can apply for a preparation for higher education scholarship once the summer programme has begun in June (after you have completed the October/February intake).

A selection panel will judge all nominations received.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the Preparation for Higher Education scholarship, you can get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist you.