European Social Fund

Gifted & Talented Scholarships

Applications for the Gifted & Talented Scholarships are now closed for the 2022/23 academic year.


Katie - Child DevelopmentPenwortham Priory Academy
Katie – Child Development
Penwortham Priory Academy

I knew straight away that Preston College was for me. I enjoy meeting new people, everyone is great and the staff are very friendly and welcoming.

Connor - Professional ConstructionSt Bede's High School
Connor – Professional Construction
St Bede’s High School

The specialist course I wanted was only available at Preston College. It gives me the skills and qualifications I need to progress into the industry.

Dayana - Applied ScienceSt Cecilia's RC High School
Dayana – Applied Science
St Cecilia’s RC High School

I really enjoy the practical parts of my course, and I get to choose which specialism I want to study too, which is great.

Jorge - Games & GraphicsBlackburn Central High School
Jorge – Games & Graphics
Blackburn Central High School

This course is the only course locally that allows me to be me and express myself in my work, whilst learning new things.

Suzanna GarrettProfessional Dance & TeachingParklands High School
Suzanna Garrett
Professional Dance & Teaching
Parklands High School

Preston College provides me with the training and opportunities to turn a passion and something I love, into a career.

Jenson Wrigley - Aeronautical EngineeringSouthlands High School
Jenson Wrigley – Aeronautical Engineering
Southlands High School

I chose Preston College as it was the only college that offered the course I wanted. I really enjoy all the practical lessons, and feel lucky we get to experience a real workshop environment.

What courses are eligible for the Gifted & Talented Scholarship?

  • Accountancy
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Science
  • Business Studies
  • Games & Graphics
  • Early Years
  • Engineering
  • Health & Social Care
  • Media (Film & Photography)
  • Performing Arts
  • Professional Construction
  • Professional Dance
  • Public Services
  • Sport
  • Travel & Tourism with Events Management

What can I get from the Scholarship?

  • £1,000 over the period of a two year Level 3 course
  • Free Travel Pass
  • Free College Gym Membership
  • Preston College Ambassador Hoodie
  • Support from our extensive range of employer links
  • Evidence to support your UCAS application

Can I apply for a Scholarship?

Applications for 2022/2023 are now closed.

How will my application be assessed?

  • Step 1: Application – Your application will be checked by the College to see if you meet the eligibility criteria
  • Step 2: Shortlisting – A selection panel will meet to decide if your application should be shortlisted
  • Step 3: Interviews – You will be invited to interview. Full details will be contained in your interview letter.
  • Step 4: Decision – You will receive a letter in July 2022 informing you if you have been successful/unsuccessful in securing a scholarship. If successful, you will be awarded a conditional offer.

What does the College expect in return?

If successful, Preston College expects:

  • Excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Performance at or above your target grade
  • Any additional requirements as outlined in your Scholarship agreement
  • Your help in promoting your course to potential learners – this will be via social media

If I do not receive a scholarship, will this affect my application to study at Preston College?

No. If you are unsuccessful in securing a scholarship, this will not affect your application for a full-time course.

For more information, please call our Schools Liaison team on 01772 225774.