Bursary Scheme

The College has diversity at its heart and will be attracting a wide pool of talent into the College, and the careers that the College’s provision leads to. This scheme has a particular focus on supporting those from less advantaged backgrounds for whom finances may be a barrier to learning, either in terms of tuition fees, or maintenance costs whilst studying.


There are some striking inequalities in the rail industry, particularly the representation of females, those from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities. The College’s Bursary Scheme will be also used to encourage applicants from these groups.



To be eligible you must:
  • Have ‘home’ student status or have been granted full ‘refugee’ or ‘asylum seeker’ status
  • Have been ‘ordinary resident’ in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last three years with ‘settled status’ which means having indefinite leave to remain
  • Maintain at least 90% attendance
  • Have a household income of less than £26,000 for families
  • Have a total income of less than £16,500 if living alone
  • We also offer a small number sponsorships for female, applicants who have performed exceptionally well in their level 2 and 3 qualifications or who have performed to a high standard in the workplace (see criteria)



Which courses will be supported by bursaries

  1. Higher Apprenticeships – fees are paid by the employer either via the apprenticeship levy, or by the business direct. Learners are paid a salary during their study of at least the minimum wage. Fees are expected to be £27,000 for the three year course.
  2. Certificate of Higher Education – fees are £9,250, with additional costs relating to equipment and books. Learners are eligible to apply for a loan to pay for their tuition fees.


Who will the bursaries be available to?

The scheme’s aim is to encourage learners from all backgrounds and financial circumstances to study courses with the College. Please refer to the eligibility criteria within this guidance.


How will bursary funds be administered?

Applicants will be encouraged to apply at three points in the year:
  1. before the end of September for courses starting in September and October
  2. before the end of November for courses starting in January
  3. before the end of March for courses starting in April and May


Will the bursary scheme support learners at both the Doncaster and Birmingham sites?



How long will the bursary scheme run for?

Bursaries will be awarded on an annual basis. It is hoped that supporting organisations will continue to support the scheme each year.


How to apply

Our application form can be found below. You will be sent an application pack once you have applied for a course with us.
PLEASE NOTE: We will process your application for a bursary after you have applied for, and been offered a place on one of our courses.

Bursary Scheme