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Financial Support for Degrees

Loans, Bursaries, Scholarships, Childcare allowance - financing your degree could be easier than you think.

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Tuition Fees

3-year full-time undergraduate courses

Our tuition fees for full-time undergraduate courses offer great value for money.

Starting September 2024 - Tuition fees for undergraduate courses are £9,000 per year.


Top-up degree courses

If you successfully complete one of our Foundation Degrees and you progress immediately to the relevant top-up degree course, the top-up fee will be the same as the annual fee for your Foundation Degree (in the same way as it is for students who pay the same annual fee for a 3-year honours degree).

Progress to the top-up course in September 2024 and your annual fee will be £8,750 - the same as your Foundation Degree.


Part-time, or part of an undergraduate qualification

Students studying part-time degree courses, or part of a higher education qualification (for example, a proportion of the modules), will be charged on a pro-rata basis.

Therefore students undertaking a standard higher education course on a part-time basis must pay in full the equivalent part-time annual tuition fee. It may however be possible to pay the fee in instalments rather than the full cost upfront.

Starting September 2024 fees for BEng Hons Degrees (Part-time) are £6000 and for HNCs (Part-time) are £3500.

Student Finance Calculator

Get a quick estimate of what student loans, grants, bursaries and other funding you could get with the Government's Student Finance Calculator.

Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) and Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE)

Starting September 2024, fees for HNC and HND programmes are £7,000.

Starting September 2024, fees for Cert HE programmes are £9,000.

HNCs and HNDs may be studied over multiple years - so payment can be staggered.

For autumn starts running over 2 full academic years, payment is 50% per year at the start of each year.

For HNCs starting in January/February that run over 3 academic years, payment is 50% per year for the first 2 years - and nothing in year 3.


Funding between programmes (e.g. from HNC to HND, from Cert HE to Yr 2 of a Foundation Degree, from Foundation Degree to Topup Degree)

It should be noted that financial support and exemptions are only applicable whilst enrolled on a programme of study.

For example, you will not be able to apply for childcare support from Student Finance, or Council Tax exemptions, for the period between the course end date and the next course start date.


Other costs

All students are expected to provide their own stationery for taking notes. You will also be charged for photocopying and for replacing a lost student ID badge.

Additional costs relating specifically to your course - such as specialist equipment, study materials, or workwear, are specified on each course page under 'Key Information'.

You can discuss the detail of these either with our Student Support Team or a tutor. It may be possible to access additional non-repayable funding to help you pay for these items.

Study Support

We offer a range of study support services to help you get the most from your studies and realise your career goals.

  • Tuition fee loan from the government with nothing to pay upfront

  • Non-repayable £500 Advantage Bursary, as of 2024/25

  • Parents' Learning Allowance between £50 - £1,915 per year if you're a full-time student with children


Tuition fee loan

Student loans are available to cover the full cost of your tuition fees. You don’t have to pay anything upfront[1] and there’s nothing to pay back until you’re qualified and earning at least £25,000 a year[3].


Maintenance loan

If you’re studying a full-time course you can apply for a maintenance loan to help with living costs.

Maintenance loans depend on your household income:

  • Under 25 and living with parents/guardians? You can get a maintenance loan up to £8,610.
  • Over 25 or living away from home? You could get up to the maximum maintenance loan of £10,227.


Nothing to repay until you’re earning £25,000 a year

The great thing about both tuition fee and maintenance loans is that you don’t need to pay anything back until you’re earning at least £25,000 a year.

The table below gives you an idea of what your monthly repayments could be:


Annual salaryMonthly salaryMonthly repayment amountHow it translates
£27,000£1,910£15,.00About the same price as a weekly Starbucks
£30,000£2,090£37.50The average cost of a takeaway for two
£33,000£2,270£60.00Equal to two advanced day passes for Alton Towers
£35,000£2,390£75.00A premium TV entertainment and broadband package


There are different repayment plans depending on when you started your degree course and whether it was at undergraduate or postgraduate level. If you are not sure which plan applies to you, or if you want to access further details about your repayments especially if you have more than one plan, you can find out more on GOV.UK.

Save the Date

At every B&FC Open Event, our industry trained tutors will be available to advise you on all our subject areas and the support you can expect throughout your learning journey.

Government Support

For parents

If you’re a parent studying a full-time degree-level course you could access the Parents’ Learning Allowance, worth up to £1,963 a year[1]. The allowance is dependent on your household income and usually paid in three instalments. There is also the Childcare Grant, which covers up to 85% of your childcare costs - up to £193.62 a week for 1 child and up to £331.95 a week for 2 or more children.


For those supporting an adult partner or relative

For full-time degree-level students who support an adult dependant, the Adult Dependants’ Grant could give you up to £3,438 additional funding each year[1]. An adult dependant is usually your husband, wife, partner or civil partner, but could also be a relative, such as a parent or grandparent. It cannot be an adult child.

If you’re under 25, the adult dependant cannot be your partner unless you’re married or in a civil partnership.


Members of the Armed Forces

If you’re a member of the Armed Forces you may be eligible to claim funding for your course through the MoD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELS).


If you have a disability

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is available for any student with a learning difficulty, health problem or disability. This is in addition to any other finance you claim. The amount you receive isn’t income based: it’s based on your individual needs and intended to cover any extra study-related costs you incur due to your health condition.

The allowance is worth up to £26,248 per year.

Fore more information, visit our dedicated Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA) page.

Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA)

DSA is available to Degree-level students to help cover the study-related costs you have due to a mental health problem, long-term illness or any other disability.

Bursaries, Scholarships & Awards - As of 2024/25


Application form for all bursaries, scholarships and awards.
Terms and Conditions for more information.


Up to £500 with B&FC’s Advantage Bursary

We offer a means-tested bursary of up to £500(£250 in Semester 1, £250 in Semester 2) to help towards the cost of equipment (books, tablet etc) you might need for your course.

Available to students who meet the following conditions:

  • Full-time HE students during any year of study, provided that the bursary hasn’t been received in previous years.
  • Students who have been approved for a tuition fee loan and are eligible for a maintenance loan from Student Finance whose household income must be declared to Student Finance and be under £30,810.
  • UK home students or EU nationals who have been living permanently in the UK for the last 5 years.


We only have a limited number of bursaries available so we will assess your eligibility using data supplied by Student Finance England.


£1,000 a year with B&FC’s Access Scholarship

If you’re a care leaver, carer or estranged student (young student without the support of a family network) you could receive £1,000 for each year you study (3 annual payments, 2 x £350 and 1 x £300 up to a maximum of 3 years) with our Access Scholarship.

If you’re studying part-time, the amount will be paid pro rata and you must be studying a minimum of 25% of the full-time course each year. To be eligible you must be a new UK home student or EU national who has been living permanently in the UK for the last 5 years. You cannot receive the award if you are repeating a study year or doing a placement year.

B&FC is a winner of the Standalone National Excellence and Innovation Award for supporting HE students who are estranged from their families throughout their learning journey.


The B&FC Opportunity Scholarship

This scholarship is part of our Access and Participation Plan and will support up to five new undergraduate students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to access higher education at B&FC.

It will cover the cost of tuition fees for up to 3 years of study on a higher education programme at B&FC.

You may be eligible if you are a new full-time level 4 / year 0 UK home student or EU national and have been living permanently in the UK for the last 5 years (undergraduate students only) from one of the following BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups:

  • Mixed/Multiple Ethnic Group
    White and Black Caribbean/White and Black African/White and Asian/Other Mixed/Multiple Ethnic
  • Asian/Asian British
    Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Chinese/Other Asian
  • Black African/Caribbean/British
    African/Caribbean/Other Black/African/Caribbean
  • Other Ethnic Group


This Scholarship is not available if you are repeating a study year, undertaking a placement year and/or have a sponsor who is covering the cost of your undergraduate programme.

The number of scholarships is limited to five, therefore, we may assess further based on information requirements detailed in the Important Information section.

Application deadline is the last day of the month in which your programme starts.


£200 with B&FC’s DSA Student Contribution Award

The Government’s Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is intended to help you pay for extra costs related to your disability, learning difference, mental health conditions and/or health conditions which may impact on your studies.

If you have applied for Disabled Students' Allowance, depending on your funding body you may need to contribute £200 towards the cost of any computer equipment that is provided for you.

If your confirmation of funding letter indicates the purchase of a computer/laptop, you may apply for B&FC’s DSA Student Contribution Award and you could receive a one-off £200 award to cover your contribution towards the cost.

To be eligible for this you must be a current B&FC undergraduate student.

For more information:


Read Terms and Conditions


Hardship fund

In exceptional cases, B&FC can access extra funding for those who find themselves facing financial hardship. This will obviously depend on the individual circumstances. Speak to one of our advisers to find out more.

International Students

EU/EEA Citizens

If you are an EU/EEA citizen you will need to bring evidence of your settled / pre-settled status with you to enrol. At enrolment you can provide us with your share code or evidence of the outcome of your application for the EU Settlement Scheme.


Non EU/EAA Citizens

You will need to bring your passport and current visa with you when you enrol.

See our International Students section for more information.


Other Support

FREE breakfast

As a B&FC student, you’re entitled to a FREE healthy breakfast every morning while you’re at College.


Supplement your income

A part-time job could help you to supplement your income. Once you’ve enrolled you can check local vacancies via our online Job Shop.

We’re happy to advise you about how to find a suitable position, whether that’s to help make ends meet during your studies or when you’re graduating and ready to start or move forward in your career.


Disclaimer: Tuition fees may be subject to increases in subsequent years of your course.

[1] Eligibility applies – visit GOV.UK for more information.
[2] Please note: our course fees are subject to changes in government information and we reserve the right to update our fees accordingly.
[3] Applies to English and Welsh students only - for full terms and conditions about repaying your student loan, visit GOV.UK.

International Students

If you're an International Student, your course fees, along with your examination and examination registration fees, are payable in full before the start date of your course.

Student Case Study

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. 
Sophie Ashton

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

 - Sophie Ashton, Foundation Degree Health and Social Care

Whilst studying, Sophie received (based on 2018/19 funding allowances)

  • A tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of her fees
  • £1,669 a year Parents’ Learning Allowance (increased to £1863 a year for 2022/23)
  • £2,925 a year Adult Dependants’ Grant because her partner earns below a certain amount (increased to £3,263 for 2022/23)
  • £282.36 a week to cover childcare costs for her three children - nursery, breakfast and after school clubs (increased to £315.03 a week for 2022/23)
  • specialist 1-2-1 support to help with her dyslexia
  • £8,700 maintenance loan (increased to £9706)
  • £500 Advantage Bursary
  • 25% discount on Council Tax
  • FREE healthy breakfast every morning
Student Support & Wellbeing

At B&FC we offer a comprehensive range of support services aimed at helping you reach your full potential.

Contact Us

Our advisers are here to help with all aspects of funding.
Call: 01253 504177, Press Option 1

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