Sixth Form scholarships are available for boys and girls of exceptional talent in the Sixth Form at QEH. The value of the scholarship will vary based on the number and strength of the applications received in each subject area but will be not less than 10% of fees and not usually more than 25% of fees. More than one scholarship may be awarded in any given subject area.

All candidates for scholarships will be tested by an interview and, in some cases, a practical assessment. Interviews will be conducted by the relevant Head of Department and Senior Staff. Awards will be made on the basis of these assessments and are also likely to be conditional on the candidate achieving specified grades at GCSE level. 

Existing QEH pupils will be eligible to apply as long as they are not already in receipt of a scholarship. Pupils currently in receipt of a bursary may apply for a scholarship but the total level of assistance offered (bursary plus scholarship) is unlikely to exceed the value of the existing bursary. Internal candidates will be subject to the same assessment procedure as external candidates.

Scholarships will be offered in the following areas:

QEH has a proud tradition of stretching and challenging talented mathematicians and preparing them for entry to Oxford and Cambridge and other top universities.

The award of a scholarship will require a strong performance in our scholarship interview and, ideally, evidence of a track record of success in external maths competitions. Candidates will be asked challenging GCSE questions as well as to discuss their wider interest in the subject.

With large, modern laboratories and high-quality teaching, QEH is an ideal place to study science at A level. This scholarship is for students preparing to study a minimum of 2 sciences plus maths at A level and the award will be dependent on a strong performance in our scholarship interviews.  Candidates will be asked challenging GCSE and accessible AS level questions as well as to discuss their wider interest in the subject(s).

Languages (Ancient and Modern)
French, German, Spanish, Latin and Greek are all available at A level and prove popular choices. Talented linguists and classicists are invited to apply for this scholarship and will be expected to study either two modern foreign languages or a modern and a classical language or two classical languages at A level. Modern Language candidates will be interviewed in each language they wish to study at A level and should demonstrate a genuine interest in the culture as well as the language.  Latin candidates will be questioned on their interest in the linguistic and cultural sides of the Classical world.

English is a strong department and a scholarship is available for someone keen to study Literature at University and wanting to contribute to literary scholarship and activities in school. Assessment will be based on interview and candidates will be asked to discuss an extract of text provided at the interview and to comment on their GCSE set texts and wider reading.

QEH boasts excellent facilities for Fine Art, Photography and 3-D work in plaster and clay. A scholarship is available for a talented artist, probably intending a career in an art-related field, who will major in art or photography during the Sixth Form years. Assessment will be via interview and the submission of a portfolio of work, demonstrating a range of techniques, as well as a 500 word written task analysing and responding to the work of an artist of their choice. There will be a timed drawing task at interview.

With a state-of-the-art theatre, QEH has a long tradition of creating excellent theatre and preparing students for careers on stage or as writers or in technical theatre. Assessment will be through a combination of practical assessment and grade predictions.

QEH music department is extremely strong with choirs, orchestra and ensembles preparing for over 30 concerts a year. Candidates for music scholarships are likely to be at or working towards grade 8 standard on their main instrument. Assessment will be by audition.

Arts and Social Sciences
Students wishing to study at least three arts or social science subjects may apply for this general scholarship. Assessment will be via interview and grade predictions as detailed below.  Candidates will be asked to select the subject in which they would like to be assessed.
Arts & Social Science Subject Assessment details  
Classical Civilisation Candidates will be asked questions on Homer and the Odyssey (if studied) and general Classical themes.
Business Business candidates will be given a topical news article and will be questioned on aspects of its content.
Economics Economics candidates will be given a topical news article and will be questioned on aspects of its content.
Geography Geography candidates will be given a piece of stimulus which will form the basis of questions and will be asked to discuss their wider interest in the subject.
History History candidates will be asked to comment on a period of history they have studied or are passionate about, as well as an unseen extract with questions focusing on change and continuity.
Psychology Psychology candidates will be asked to prepare a response to an article provided ahead of the interview date and to answer questions on the article during the interview.
Religion and Philosophy Candidates will be asked to discuss a piece of text from the Bible, provided at the interview, and asked to comment on a particular philosophical issue.


To be awarded an academic scholarship, candidates must be predicted to achieve a majority of grade 7/8s in all their GCSE subjects as well as high grades in their specialist area.

Applications for places and scholarships must be received by Friday 23 November 2018.
Interviews for place and scholarships will be on held on Monday 10 December 2018.

Practical assessments will be arranged on an individual basis.


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