A-level scholarships

If you’re about to sit GCSEs or equivalent exams and have the ambition to become a Royal Navy 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 day-and-a-half assessment called the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB). To be eligible, there is a minimum requirement of five GCSEs at level 4 or higher, including Maths and English Language. 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, move onto a Engineer Bursary or apply for university sponsorship of up to £1,500 per year. Whichever route you take, once you’ve completed all your training, you’ll need to spend a minimum of three 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 out medical branches. To find our more, go to our Medical and Dental Cadetship page or the Student Medical Technicians and Nurses page.

What will you get?

When you’re accepted onto a sixth form scholarship your parents will receive an annual payment towards your A-level or equivalent study, while you will get a guaranteed career at the end. The scheme benefits include:

  • £1,500 per year while you study
  • A guaranteed place on Royal Navy or Royal Marines initial officer training
  • In most cases, there is a possibility you’ll be able to switch roles at the end of your sixth form or college studies – that means you’re not necessarily tied to a particular job
  • Engineer Officer scholarship students with the right qualifications will be automatically earn a place on the Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme (DTUS) or a technical bursary for a university of your choosing 
  • Study as a civilian before entering Service in September, after you’ve received your exam results
  • A streamlined route to a life where every day is different

How do I apply?


Step 1

Choose an officer role from the 27 options available 

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