Financial Support

Thanks to the B&FC Bonus as well as government funding, a whole range of incentives can help you to stretch your budget further.

Aged 16-18 and doing a full-time course?

Access the following support:

  • FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass* (or 30% discount for non-eligible students)
  • FREE circular bus service
  • FREE healthy breakfast every morning while you’re at College
  • FREE lunch*
  • Up to £1200 worth of funding (which could include a travel pass and bursary) and FREE meals if you’re in care or receiving certain benefits*

*Eligibility applies

 

 

“My free travel pass has made such a big difference”

Eighteen-year-old Josh Nelson is loving the Level 3 Media course, which he feels has helped to unlock his creativity.

He’s also loving his free Blackpool Transport travel pass.

“I didn’t even know I could get one,” Josh explains, “but when I was enrolling the College staff asked me how I was planning on getting here and it just went from there. It was really easy to apply and it’s made such a big difference – it’s helped me to get to places a lot easier and I can use it during the holidays too.”

 

 

 

Aged 16-24 and starting an apprenticeship?

If you're a care leaver starting an apprenticeship and aged between 16 and 24, our £1,000 bursary payment will ease the transition into employment and support you during this important time.

Thinking of doing a degree-level course?

Study at degree-level and access the following incentives to help you stretch your budget further:

  • Nothing to pay upfront1
  • Tuition fee loan to cover your course fees with nothing to repay till you’re earning at least £25,7252 a year
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance up to £1,716 a year1
  • Adult Dependants’ Grant up to £3,007 a year1
  • Up to 85% of your childcare costs covered up to £169.31 a week for 1 child and up to £290.27 a week for 2 or more children1
  • Disabled Students’ Allowance towards costs of  support or specialist equipment
  • Up to £500 towards the cost of study with our Advantage Bursary3
  • £1,000 per year of study up to 3 years for all care leavers and young carers with our Access Scholarship3
  • Maintenance loan of up to £8,9444
  • FREE healthy breakfast every morning while you’re at College

1Eligibility applies

2Applies to English and Welsh students only - see terms and conditions

*Eligibility applies
Based on studying outside London and not living with parents

“The Careers and Finance Team fully supported me”

When out-of-work painter and decorator Darren Middleton decided to train as a chef, he needed all the financial support he could get. Happily, the Advanced Learner Loan meant nothing to pay upfront, and Darren also received a laptop, our £60 monthly bursary and a FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass.

“My bus pass and laptop have been a great help. The bursary is good – it pays for books and other things you might need in College. The Careers and Finance Team fully supported me - I just had to bring some bank details in with evidence of my earnings. Talk to them – they’ll do everything they can to get you what you need.”

 

Aged 19+ and doing a full-time course?

Study a full-time further education course and access the following incentives to help you stretch your budget further:

  • No upfront fees
  • Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees with nothing to repay till you’re earning at least £25,725 a year (for further education courses at levels 3-6 only)
  • FREE 24/7 Blackpool Transport travel pass*
  • FREE circular bus service linking our Bispham Campus to Poulton-le-Fylde
  • FREE healthy breakfast every morning while you’re at College
  • £60 monthly bursary payment to help with course-related costs*
  • Help with childcare costs*

*Eligibility applies
 

"When I looked into it and I found out there were grants available I started to think I can afford to do this.”

Twenty-seven year-old mum-of-three Sophie Ashton has worked as a healthcare assistant for 13 years. Keen to move on in her career, she took the plunge and applied to B&FC’s University Centre to start the Foundation Degree Health and Social Care.

“The thought of doing a degree really put me off because I didn’t realise all of the student finance that was in place. With having three children, I was worried we were going to lose everything and not be able to provide for them like we had been doing. But when you really look into it and find out what is available it really is achievable."

 

 

Are you an employer?

If you’re an employer interested in taking on an apprentice, please get in touch with our B&FC for Business Team to find out how funding works on T 01253 504 343 or E business@blackpool.ac.uk.

Contact us

Our advisers are here to help with all aspects of funding. Contact us on T 01253 504224 or E SSFunds@blackpool.ac.uk.