Scholarships & Bursaries

Malvern College Scholarships and Exhibitions are entirely based on merit and reflect exceptional ability or potential in the following categories: Academic, Art, Drama, Design and Technology, Music and Sport. In line with the school’s ethos we also offer an All-Rounder award. Candidates may apply for more than one award.

The levels of award are not fixed but are based on performance and merit up to a maximum of 50% of the termly boarding/day fees. Scholarships are index linked whilst Exhibitions are offered as fixed amounts per term.

Candidates must be registered with the school prior to entering the scholarship process. Where there is a need, scholarships may be supplemented by a means tested bursary.

13+ Scholarships

Candidates should be under 14 years of age on 1st September in the year of entry, but there is no age limit for Exhibitions. Entries must be received three weeks before the examination. Entry forms are available from the Registrar or the candidate’s Preparatory School.

In date order, the following awards are offered for entries in September 2017:

The Malvernian Society Junior Levick Sports Awards

  • Boys – Monday 7th November 2016
  • Girls – Friday 11th November 2016

These awards are for candidates who have a proven record of performance, or evidence of potential in our priority sports, at county, regional or national level. Selection is through practical assessments, interview and references.

Chesterton Cricket Scholarship

This award recognises outstanding talent and potential in cricket.

Art Scholarships - Thursday 17th November 2016

The examination consists of two practical tests and an interview. Candidates must also bring a portfolio of their work.

Design & Technology Scholarships - Thursday 17th November 2016

The award will be decided by work completed prior to the examination, a practical examination and an interview. The candidates will be expected to bring three examples of work they have made and a portfolio containing accompanying information, such as research and design drawings. Candidates should be able to demonstrate both practical skills, conceptual and problem solving abilities within the areas of resistant materials, product design, graphic communication or fashion and textiles.

The Malvernian Society Awards - Monday 28th November 2016

The Malvernian Society Award is an all rounder award that recognises a candidate’s all round ability across the academic, sporting, cultural, leadership and co-curricular domains. They must also have leadership potential, perform well at interview and show academic potential. Selection is through interview and a practical assessment.

Drama Scholarships - Saturday 14th January 2017

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in and talent for Drama. The award will be decided by an audition and interview.

Music Scholarships - 30th January - 1st February 2017

All awards carry free instrumental/singing tuition on up to two instruments. Candidates should have reached the equivalent of a good Grade 5 (Associated Board) standard on at least one instrument or singing. Selection is through audition and interview.

Academic Awards - 20th - 22nd February 2017

The school uses the Common Academic Scholarship Examinations (CASE). Awards will be made either for overall performance or for outstanding ability in a single subject provided that it is supported by reasonable competence in others.

Awards in Art, Drama, Music, Sport, The Malvernian Society and Design & Technology are conditional upon candidates passing the 13+ Common Entrance examinations, or being exempted from it as a result of their performance in the Common Academic Scholarship examination, or passing the College’s own entrance tests.

Bursaries may be offered to pupils with any of the above merit awards who are in need of additional financial assistance. Parents will be required to complete a Financial Circumstances Form.

16+ Scholarships

Malvern College offers four Academic Scholarships for Sixth Form candidates:

The Alan Duff Scholarship (up to 30% of fees)

This accolade is awarded to a student of exceptional all round academic ability.

Richard Nieper Art Scholarship (£10,000 discount per annum)

This scholarship is awarded every other year to a prospective Lower Sixth pupil who shows outstanding and/or potential talent, predominantly in Fine Art, but talent or potential in Design in its broadest remit would also be considered.

The award is in commemoration of Richard Nieper (OM) who was a gifted artist and designer.

The Francis Aston Scholarship (up to 25% of fees)

This award celebrates the opening of the new Science Centre. The candidate must be committed to studying at least two Science subjects at either A Level or IB Higher Level and will be expected to take a lead role in scientific debate and co-curricular activity.

The Malvernian Society Scholarship (up to 25% of fees)

This award is specifically for external candidates entering the Sixth Form from the state sector.

Candidates wishing to compete for a 16+ scholarship will be invited to sit entrance tests in the subjects they wish to study at A Level or IB Higher Level plus Mathematics and English as appropriate. For pupils from non-HMC or GSA schools these tests must be completed by 31st October 2016. Pupils from HMC and GSA schools will be asked to sit their tests between 1st and 14th November 2016. Candidates who demonstrate the greatest academic potential will be invited to attend an assessment day on 22nd November 2016.

The Assessment Day will consist of a number of academic and general interviews. In addition, candidates will sit two one-hour scholarship papers; one general academic paper and one in an academic subject, chosen by the candidate, from the subjects that he or she intends studying at AS or IB higher level. All candidates will be asked to submit a personal statement. Candidates will be informed of their results by no later than Friday 1st December 2016.

Current Malvern College pupils are eligible to apply for both the Alan Duff and Francis Aston Scholarships. Internal candidates will be required to sit tests prior to 14th November 2016 and those demonstrating the greatest academic potential will be invited to attend the assessment day on 22nd November 2016.

Given Malvern's position as a leading co-educational boarding school, it is anticipated that an award-holder will show commitment to the wider sporting, artistic and cultural activities of our community. The ability to make a meaningful impact on sixth form life will also be considered in making the award of a scholarship.

Candidates must be registered with the school prior to entering the scholarship process. In cases of financial hardship, scholarships may be supplemented by a means tested bursary.


A limited number of means tested bursaries are available to families in need of additional financial support and may, if required, supplement scholarships. There is no fixed rate and awards are based entirely on individual family circumstances and the limit of funds available. Bursaries may also be available to families with children already in the school who are up to date with the payment of fees, but who now find that their financial circumstances have changed. Please contact the Registrar for further details.

UK Armed Forces Discounts

The school has strong links with the Armed Forces and generous rank-ranged fee remissions are available to all serving personnel. Please contact the Registrar for further details.