A-level scholarships

If you’re about to sit GCSEs, or equivalent exams, and have the ambition to become a Royal Navy Engineer Officer, you can apply for financial support towards achieving the further qualifications you need. 

Scholarships are awarded based on your predicted grades and performance at a thorough assessment process called the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB). To be eligible, there is a minimum of 5 GCSEs at level 7 or higher (or equivalent), including Maths and English Language. Scotland, Wales and NI applicants require grade A or higher. All standard residency and nationality criteria also apply.

At the end of the scholarship, you will have the opportunity to either start initial officer training as a University Cadetship Entrant (UCE), or move onto an Engineer Defence Undergraduate Scheme. Whichever route you take, once you’ve completed all your training, you’ll need to spend a minimum of 5 years in the Naval Service.

Please note A-level scholarships do not apply for medical and dental branch careers but we do offer paid ways to train across our medical branches. To find out more, go to our Medical and Dental Cadetship page or the Student Medical Technicians and Nurses page.


What will you get?

When you’re awarded an A-level scholarship your parents or guardians will receive an annual payment towards your A-level or equivalent study and you will get a guaranteed career at the end. The scheme benefits include:

  • £1,500 per year while you study
  • A Conditional Offer of a place in the Royal Navy to train as an Officer in one of 3 engineering branches
  • Engineer Officer scholarship students who gain the right qualifications (72 UCAS points) will automatically earn a place on a Engineer Defence Undergraduate Scheme at a university of your choosing
  • Engineer Officer scholarship students who gain the right qualifications (144 UCAS points) and have been selected at AIB will earn a place as a University Cadetship Entrant (UCE) at a university of your choosing. First you will complete a years initial Officer training, entering BRNC in September and starting University the following September.
  • Study your A-levels as a civilian before entering Service in September (UCE), or commencing your degree on the Engineer Defence Undergraduate Scheme
  • A streamlined and supported route to a life where every day is different

How do I apply?


Step 1

Choose an Engineer Officer role 

Find your role

Step 2

We’ll send you a link to a digital application form for you to complete


Step 3

Use the check box to indicate that you’re applying for a scholarship


Step 4

Submit your form. We’ll contact you when we’ve received it