Applying for a course that has a concession?
Then the course could be free! You will be
eligible if you are an unemployed individual, on a state benefit*
and you want to enter employment and need the skills from one of
our funded courses to achieve this.
* (Income Support, Job Seekers, Housing Benefit, Council tax
Benefit, Pension Credit, ESA contribution Based, ESA work related
activity group, working tax credit (with an income less than
£17,800). To find out more, ring 01767 626222.
What does your fee include?
The fee stated on the course information includes:
- The course tuition fee charged by Shuttleworth College. For
courses with a duration of two years or longer the tuition fee is
- The cost of the exam and registration fee charged by the exam
- A small Shuttleworth College membership fee that enables
us to provide learning resources and other services required to run
your course. The Shuttleworth College membership fee is an
annual fee that runs from 1 August to 31 July each year, so you
don't need to pay it again if you take more than one course during
this period. If your course is longer than one year you will need
to pay this fee annually.
Equipment, materials and other costs
For some courses you may need to pay for books, equipment or
specialist clothing. Details can be obtained by calling our
Enquiries & Guidance advice line on 01767 626246
What financial help is available?
16-18 Bursaries and Adult Support Fund
If you have a particular hardship that would
otherwise prevent you from studying, we may be able to help*
with essential costs such as travel, child care, books or
equipment. For more details call us on 01767 626222.
You can download the application forms below.
Please print the application form and either return it in person to
Student Services or post it Recorded Delivery with your supporting
» 16-18 Bursaries
Application Form (if you are aged 16-18 on 31 August 2012)
Adult Support Fund
Application Form (if you are aged 19 or over on 31 August
* Funding is limited, particularly for child care,
so we strongly advise that you apply as early as possible.
Higher education study grant
If you are planning to study part-time, for some courses you may
apply to Student Finance England via www.direct.gov.uk to help with
tuition fees and a part-time grant of £265. To find out whether
your course qualifies for support, please call us on 01767
What if my employer is paying for my course?
You will need to bring a letter or purchase order from your
employer when you come to enrol. The document should state your
name, the course title and the amount they are paying. If you are
bringing in a letter, it must also be signed by your employer – we
will then invoice your employer. We cannot enrol you on a course
without a letter from your employer.
Are you an international student?
If you have been resident in the UK for three years or more and
have settled status, then you pay the costs listed in the course
If you have not been resident in the UK for the last three
years, or have a time limit on your stay here, please call our
Enquiries & Guidance advice line on 01767 626246
as different fees may apply.
Concessions – are you entitled?
The concession fee listed under the course entry is the fee you
pay if you are eligible for 100% discount on your tuition fee. This
means that the cost of your tuition fee is covered by the College,
but that you still have to pay exam, registration and Shuttleworth
College membership fees.
Fee concessions may be available if:
- You are in receipt of jobseekers allowance, income support,
full working tax credit, housing benefit, council tax benefit,
pension credit or any other means-tested benefit.
- The course is your first full Level 2 qualification and you are
aged 19 or above on 31 August 2012.
- The course is your first full Level 3 qualification and you are
aged 19–24 on the start date of your course.
If you are unsure about whether you qualify for any of the above
concessions, please call our Enquiries & Guidance advice line
on 01767 626246
Are you aged between 16 and 18?
If you are aged 16–18 you will normally be eligible for up to
100% discount on your fee. The only cost you will need to pay is
for equipment and materials that are required for some courses. For
courses starting between September and December you will need to be
aged 16–18 on 31 August 2012, and for courses starting between
January and July you will need to be 16–18 on 1 January 2012.
If your attendance falls below 85%, you may be asked to pay the
awarding body registration and exam fees.
This discount only applies to courses that are funded by the
government – call our Enquiries & Guidance advice line on 01767
626246 for more information.
Will studying affect my benefit?
This largely depends on the type of benefit you are receiving
and the type of course you are studying. In many cases, the answer
is no, but for further advice please call our Student Services
helpline on 01767 626254.