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Financial Support, Bursaries and Advanced Learner Loans

Courses which lead to a qualification are FREE for British citizens, aged under 19 years on 31 August in the academic year you start your course. However, there may be some additional costs for clothing/kit and trips depending on your course. If you can prove that you meet one of the following criteria, you can apply to the Bursary Fund for extra help towards the cost of transport, food, equipment or childcare:

  • Your household level of income is under £23,000 per year
  • You are in care or a ‘care leaver’
  • You are receiving Income Support/Universal Credit
  • You are receiving Employment Support Allowance in the Work-Related Activity Group

Students aged 19 and over will be liable for tuition fees unless they are eligible for fee remission. Please contact
student admissions for more details: | 01305 215236

Fee remission is currently available to most UK/EEA citizens aged 19+ if you:

  • Do not already have a full Level 2 qualification (five GCSEs A-C or 9-4)
  • Do not already have a full Level 3 qualification (two A Levels or equivalent)
  • Receive Employment and Support Allowance in the Work-Related Activity Group
  • Receive one of the following state benefits: Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Income Support
    or have a household income of less than £15,736.50

Those applying for Level 3 courses will be able to apply for the Advanced Learner Loan. These loans
are non-means-tested and you won’t have to pay anything back until you earn more than £25,000 a
year. For further details visit

Are you an international student?

International students are considered as those who are applying from outside the EU and EEA
(except Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway). International students will need to pass the new Tier 4
maintenance test where they will need to show that they have the full amount of the cost of their
chosen course in their bank account at least 28 days before applying for their visa. Further
information, forms and how to complete them can be found here.

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