European Social Fund

Gifted & Talented Scholarships

Preston College are once again offering its popular Gifted and Talented Scholarship programme for the 2022/23 academic year.

A limited number of prestigious scholarships are available to any Year 11 applicant looking to study a full-time Level 3 course starting in September 2022. Take a look at the information below. Once you’re ready to apply, please click here.


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.

What courses are eligible for the Gifted & Talented Scholarship?

  • Accountancy
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Applied Science
  • Business Studies
  • Dance
  • Digital: Computer Games Design
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Health & Social Care
  • Engineering
  • Performing Arts
  • Professional Construction
  • Public Services
  • Sport inc. Fitness & Therapy
  • Travel & Tourism and Events Management

What can I get from the Scholarship?

  • £1,000 over the period of a two year Level 3 course
  • NEW Apple iPad
  • Free Travel Pass
  • Free College Gym Membership
  • Preston’s 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 open until Friday 29th April 2022. You should apply for a scholarship if:

  • You are currently in Year 11
  • You are applying for a Level 3 course listed above
  • You meet the entry requirements for your course
  • You have a skill or talent in your course choice
    (For example, if you are applying for a ‘Sport’ course, you may volunteer at a local sports club or represent your school, county or country.)

Note: Each area may have additional entry requirements see the Application Form for details.

How can I apply?

  • Simply complete an application form by clicking here
  • All sections of the form must be completed in full – pay special attention to any minimum word counts required
  • A Personal Statement section is included within the form. It is essential that you clearly justify why you are suitable for a Preston’s College Scholarship

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.