16-18 Bursaries

If you are aged 16-18.....

We provide two bursaries to help with the costs associated with studying: the Discrentionary Bursary and the Guarantee Bursary. They are available to students who are enrolled on our further education courses - either full-time or part-time and who meet the right criteria. You will not be eligible if you are joining an apprenticeship, higher education or full-cost course.

If you are eligible, you can receive financial support to assist with course-related costs such as equipment, trips, travel and meals. We will, wherever possible, make these payments on your behalf.

You will need to be at least 16 but under 19 years of age or aged 18 on 31st August at the start of your course and now in the second year of your 2-year course; or aged 19 to 24 on 31st August and have an Education Health and Care Plan. You must also meet the residency criteria.

Email: studentsupportfund@derby-college.ac.uk

Guarantee Bursary of up to £1,200 a year

This funding is available for the following students:

  • Young people in care
  • Care-leavers
  • Students in receipt of Income Support
  • Disabled students in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.
  • The full £1,200 Guarantee Bursary payment is based on your course lasting 30 weeks in the academic year. It will be adjusted depending on the duration of your course.

Discretionary Bursary

Funding for the Discretionary Bursary is limited and it is not an entitlement. The Bursary is available to the following students:

  • Dependants of someone on Income Support
  • Dependants of someone on Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Dependants of someone claiming the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Dependants of someone with a household income of less than £20,000
  • Those who can demonstrate that they are facing financial hardship.

What’s next?

If you’re looking to start a full-time or part-time further education course with us from September and think that you may be eligible for one of the bursaries, please download the application form from the end of August. Bring your completed application form with you to enrolment or call into one of our campuses and ask for the learner support fund

Support to pay for childcare

If you are aged 16-19 when you commence your course and require childcare funding, please contact the learner support fund as you will be able to apply to Care to Learn for your childcare support.


Please download a copy of the application form below and return it to the Student Support Fund Team.

Available on the 20th August 2020

Key information about the Guarantee and Discretionary Bursaries

  • The Guarantee Bursary is not given out on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are eligible, you will receive it for the duration of your course, subject to you continuing to meet the criteria.
  • The Guarantee Bursary must be used to help pay for course-related costs. These costs are paid to the provider wherever possible. Any remaining monies after deduction of these costs will be paid to you in equal monthly instalments.
  • Each application is considered individually and assessed against the eligibility criteria. Should you wish to appeal if your application is not supported, you can do so in writing to the Head of Learner Support Services, Derby College, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE.
  • There are robust measures in place to manage the risk of fraud. Photocopies of documentation will be required as proof when you are applying for a bursary.
  • The College reserves the right to withhold bursary payments if you withdraw early from your course, whatever the reason.
  • Learners are required to meet specific levels of attendance (90%) and behaviour. Support will be withdrawn if you do not meet these criteria.
  • Where a bursary award is to be paid into a bank account, this must be your bank account. This is a national Learner Support Fund rule to ensure that there is no conflict with the benefit agencies.


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