Our bursary scheme could get you on track with the cost of study



If you’re interested in studying at the National College for High Speed Rail, but you’re worried that finances may be a barrier, then our bursary scheme may be able to support you.

The College has diversity at its heart, and is looking to attract a wide pool of talent – so our bursary scheme has a particular focus on supporting those from less advantaged backgrounds with studying, living or maintenance costs for the duration of their course.

When we open our doors later this month, we’re offering a Certificate of Higher Education in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure. This is an introduction to the high speed rail sector, giving you a great foundation to build on if you decide to go on and specialise in this industry. It’s a Level 4 qualification, which will then set you up to go on to a Higher Technical Diploma or Foundation Degree.

We offer skills training that is specifically designed to help you on the way to a career in engineering: our courses are developed with industry partners, so we know we’re creating the kind of employees they’re actively looking for.

What’s more, you’ll get hands-on, practical experience with real life equipment – such as our fantastic #DonnyStar and #BrumStar trains. Donated to the college by Eurostar and manufactured by Alstom, these are two authentic Class 373 high speed trains that have been fitted out to include a virtual reality learning experience.

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. It’s been funded by organisations including the Department for Transport, the High Speed Rail Industry Learners group, Birmingham City Council and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council.

You can apply for the bursary scheme after applying to study a course with us. 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 of 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.

The fees for the Cert HE course are £9,250 – and whether or not you apply for the bursary scheme, you may also be eligible to apply for a student loan to pay for tuition fees. You can find out more about the schemes and how to apply on our Fees and Funding page.