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Scholarship Programme

Bellerive FCJ Scholarship Programme

Academic endeavour lies at the heart of Bellerive FCJ Catholic College Sixth Form. All students are expected to work hard and take advantage of the opportunities for intellectual and enriching advancement available to them. For those students who demonstrate exceptional academic ability, Bellerive FCJ Sixth Form offers Academic Scholarships on entry to Bellerive Sixth Form in Year 12.

To find out more please contact Mrs Hammond (Acting Director of Sixth Form) at:


  • A Laptop for the duration of your time at Bellerive Sixth Form
  • Automatic Placement onto The Girls Network Programme*
  • Selected to apply for the Reaching Higher Aspire Programme and attend the Aspire Oxford Residential*
  • A means tested bursary of up to £1,200 per year
  • Bespoke work experience guidance to support University applications
  • One to One academic mentor within school to support academic progress within the sixth form
  • Academic mentor from an Oxford/Cambridge (ex-Bellerive students) who will give one to one support and application/personal statement tuition
  • Become a Sixth Form Prefect and act as an ambassador for the school and a role model to lower school students
  • Participate in Leadership opportunities within the Sixth Form
  • Option to complete the EPQ Qualification to enhance UCAS points for university applications
  • Free aspiration-raising visits to competitive universities


The criteria for awarding places will be:

  • A range of GCSE passes including a minimum of six at grades 6, 7, 8 or 9
  • The ability to contribute to, and benefit from life in the Sixth Form
  • A good report and references from the students’ current school, including attendance.
  • If you are a student who is in the top 10% of the cohort for GCSE results at Bellerive FCJ Catholic College or your current school, you can apply to be part of the Bellerive FCJ Scholarship Programme. This programme will entitle you to an automatic place at Bellerive FCJ Sixth Form and award you with a range of benefits. 

What is Aspire Liverpool?

Aspire Liverpool is a unique programme to raise the aspirations and increase the confidence and skills of Liverpool school students to make successful applications to the top universities in the UK and abroad. The programme was formally launched in March 2020.

Aspire Liverpool identifies, in partnership with Liverpool secondary schools, able and talented students from all Liverpool secondary schools who will benefit from a programme of encouragement, support and intellectual preparation in order to increase the number of successful applications from all Liverpool schools to Oxbridge and other top universities in this country and abroad.

The programme brings together able students from each Liverpool school into a structured and articulated programme of preparation which includes raising aspiration, building confidence, intellectual formation and application and interview preparation. The programme is governed by a steering group headed by Sir Terry Leahy and includes representatives from Liverpool secondary schools, the Liverpool business community, Liverpool city council and universities.

Aspire Liverpool caters to approximately 200 students in Year 10 -11 (Inspire programme) and 200 students in Year 12-13 through the Reaching Higher programme

What is The Girls Network?

The Girls Network believes that all girls should be supported to realise their ambitions, to discover their self-worth, and to develop their capacity to shape their world and their future.

They partner with secondary schools and colleges across Greater London, Sussex, the South Coast, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley and Merseyside, to match girls aged 14-19 with a volunteer mentor who is a woman.

The programme will give participants on-going support from their mentor, connections and experiences in the industry in which they want to work, and participation in a range of sessions ranging from university application to mental health workshops.  

What is the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

EPQ is an A-level standard standalone qualification designed to extend and develop your students' abilities beyond the A-level syllabus and prepare for university or their future career.

  • it can be taken as an extension of other Level 3 qualifications or vocational qualifications
  • it's worth half an A-level (28 UCAS points)
  • it's recognised by universities and employers
  • many universities make lower A-level offers to students undertaking an EPQ.