Fees and Funding

Training fees

The cost of our Certificate of Higher Education is £9250. You will be able to apply for a student loan to pay the costs of your tuition. This loan is applied for in advance, and then repaid once you have reached a minimum income threshold. If this threshold is never reached, the loan is not repayable. We are currently finalising whether the qualification will be subject to the Advanced Learner Loan or HE Student Loan system.

As an apprentice, you will not usually pay any of the costs associated with your training, so this is a great way to take your next step! Especially because while you are undertaking your apprenticeship, you will be paid a salary by your employer. The level of this payment will reflect at least the National Minimum Wage. However, many employers will pay significantly more during your training period. Up to date information on the minimum wage can be found here. The small print is that if you already hold a qualification at Level 4 or above, you must demonstrate that the qualification for which you are seeking funding is different and discrete to your past training.


We understand that some people may find it difficult either to pay the costs of their training, or other costs associated with it, such as childcare or rent.  Our bursaries are intended to support those who may encounter barriers that may prevent them from reaching their potential.

Bursary Scheme 2017/18 Academic Year

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 likely to be £9,250, with additional costs relating to equipment and books. Learners may be eligible to apply for a loan to pay for their tuition fees

     What organisations are contributing to the NCHSR Bursary scheme?

    The following have expressed an interest in supporting the College’s bursary scheme:

    • The Department for Transport (DfT) will be contributing funding to support learners from less-advantaged backgrounds.
    • The High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) group would like to fund two learners in a similar way.
    • Birmingham City Council (BCC) with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) have expressed interest to contribute funding for applicants within their geographic boundaries but without committing a monetary value yet.
    • The College is also working with other organisations to identify further opportunities.

    How will organisations’ bursary funds be used?

    Funds will be held in a dedicated account for bursaries and will only be used for the Bursary scheme, funding will not be used to support the development or management of the bursary scheme.

    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.

     When will the bursaries be available and when will the funding be spent?

    The bursaries will be available from September 2017 and the funding will be spent in the 2017/18 academic year.

    The first intake of learners are primarily coming from industry and it is likely that the bursary fund will attract a wider range of applicants for the September 2018 intake.

    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

    A panel will review applications during the week following the deadline for submission and decisions will be made and applications notified within a week of the review meeting.

    Proof of income will be required.

    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 here. 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. You can apply here.

    Fees and Funding