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Talented Athlete Entry Scheme

As one of the leading universities for sport in Ireland and the UK we understand the immense dedication and commitment it takes to be successful when competing at the highest level.

Entry to the Scheme for academic year 2017/18 is now closed.

The Scheme will re-open in October 2017 for entry to Ulster University in 2018.

N.B The closing date for applications is 15 January annually.

Further information if required may be obtained by contacting the Scheme Administrator by email on schemeadministrator@ulster.ac.uk.


Hours of training, intense regimes and high level competition programmes can sometimes mean a sacrifice in examination performance.

The Scheme is designed to assist talented young athletes gain access to a quality education whilst attaining success at the highest levels within their chosen sport by reducing the entry grades required for full-time undergraduate courses.

A package of support services is also offered for students on entry to Ulster University to help develop their performance level. This includes access to screening, strength and conditioning, performance skills workshops, physiotherapy and merchandise.

Eligible Sports

The following sports are recognised by Student Sport Ireland (SSI) and / or British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) that offer Intervarsity competitive opportunities to students at Ulster University.

Aikido American Football Angling
Archery Athletics & Cross Country Badminton
Basketball Bowls - Lawn, Tenpin Boxing
Camogie Canoe Clay Pigeon Shooting
Climbing Cricket Cycling
Diving Equestrian Fencing
Football Futsal Gaelic Football
Golf Gymnastics Handball
Hockey Hurling Ju Jitsu
Judo Karate Karting
Life Saving                 Modern Pentathlon / Biathlon Netball
Orienteering Pool Rifle Shooting
Rowing Rugby Sailing
Snooker Snow Sports Squash
Surfing Swimming Synchronised Swimming
Table Tennis Taekwondo Tennis
Triathlon Trampolining Volleyball
Wake Boarding Water Polo Water Skiing
Weightlifting Wind Surfing Wrestling