16-19 Bursary Scheme
Further education colleges and school sixth forms have funds available to help students with learning costs. These funds are usually prioritised for those who face financial hardship and may need support to be able to remain in education. Schools and colleges manage their own funds and set their own procedures and criteria.
Click on this link to find out more or speak to your student support or welfare officer
Students with disabilities
If you need additional support or equipment because of a disability and/or learning difficulties then you may be able to get extra help from your school or college. Your Guidance Adviser will be able to help you find out what is available.
Dance and Drama awards
These are for students over the age of 16 who want to work in the performing arts and attend one of the 22 accredited providers.
Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA) provide support for students to enable them to attend specialist private dance and drama schools. Awards are granted to students who demonstrate, at audition, that they are the most talented and likely to succeed in the industry. The amount of support for fees and maintenance that new DaDA students receive will be based on an assessment of family income, so the help is received by those students who need it most.
Care to Learn
If you are a parent aged under 20 and planning to go back into learning, the Care to Learn scheme can help with your child care costs.
You can study full or part-time, at school or college, or take part in work based training. Whatever you do, as long as you use a registered childcare provider to look after your child, Care to Learn will help towards the costs.
Care to Learn pays up to £160 per child per week to help towards the costs of:
- childcare while you're learning
- any registration fees you need to pay
- fees you may need to pay during the holidays to keep your childcare place open
- additional travel costs you have to pay to take your child from home to your child care provider
Your Guidance Adviser can help you find out more about your options and the Care to Learn scheme.
Click on this link to find out more about the scheme and how to request an application pack.
Local charities and grants
There are charities that award small grants to students from their local area. These may be funds to help with the costs of books and equipment, or even additional activities such as travel.
Bursaries and awards
There are many bursary schemes available from a range of providers which are worth investigating.
Here are two to start with:
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