City University is offering a new scholarship worth up to £9,000 over three years for high-achieving A-level students applying for an undergraduate course, including computing, at the university.
The scholarships will be available to all students who achieve grades of AAB or above. Eligible students will automatically receive the scholarship directly in January of their first year, and the scholarships will continue to be rewarded each year.
Those achieving AAB will receive £1,000 a year, while students with AAA will receive £2,000 and £3,000 will be given to students achieving A*AA.
There is no limit to the number of awards that can be made, except on health-related courses, and the scholarships will not be means-tested. However, a tuition fee still applies, which in 2012 will be £9,000 a year for the full-time computer science course.
Dr Andrew Tuson, the undergraduate admissions tutor for computing at City, said: "It's widely acknowledged that there is a skills gap in the UK's IT industry and we need to get more young people studying computing subjects at university.
"With the cost of degrees rising, we hope that these new scholarships will provide an additional incentive for high-performing students to pursue a career in the IT profession."