Further education is any course from entry level up to level 3 courses, such as a National Diploma. It does not include HNDs, Foundation Degrees or Degrees which are classed as higher education courses.
If the course you choose is YPLA or SFA funded, is not a full cost course, and has a fee stated you won't have to pay for it if you are aged 16-18 (Under 19 on 31 August prior to the start date of your course).
For information about the new Bursary scheme please click here
If you are under 20 at the start of your course and need help with childcare costs, you can apply to Care to Learn. This scheme is not means tested and you just have to use registered childcare. For further information, telephone 0845 6002809 or visit their website. If you need help finding childcare you can contact your nearest Children's Information Service here.
If your parents are claiming child benefit or child tax credits for you, you will not normally be entitled to welfare benefits in your own right. Your parent(s)/guardian(s) can continue to claim these benefits until you reach 19 if you are studying a further education course which is at least 12 hours per week or if you are still in education when you are 19 until you complete your course. If you are living in care or supported accommodation you may be entitled to claim income support while you are studying full time. It is always recommended to seek advice about studying and claiming welfare benefits by either contacting your personal adviser at the Prevention and Inclusion Team or speak to one of the Student Advisors at City College who may be able to assist you.