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Financial Support for students aged 16-18


If you are facing financial hardship, please speak to our Student Money and Rights Adviser. They can offer advice on support that may be available to you as a student of Buxton and Leek College. This support may be limited to students studying certain subjects, living in certain areas, or of a specific age group. If you qualify in some way, you may be eligible for:

  • A bursary – which you wouldn’t have to pay back
  • A loan – which you would have to pay back
  • A charitable trust to purchase goods on your behalf

Bursary Funding Overview

During your time at Buxton and Leek College, there may things you have to pay for to fully engage with your course, this includes things like; travel to and from college (if you are not eligible for a bus pass), food and drinks if you’re on campus, and any additional costs for uniform, kit or equipment.

You may need to plan ahead and budget for these, or depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support from one of the Bursaries we have available.

To help make it simple, we use a universal name for all our Bursaries which is ‘The Financial Support Fund’.

Funding support 2021/22

The information on this webpage will be updated shortly for those looking to study with us in Academic year 2021/22. If you would like advice regarding funding, or want to be added to our application form mailing list, please fill in your details following the link below:

Financial Support Fund Application Form/ Information Requester 2021/22

Step 1 – Which fund do i qualify for?

As we have more than one Bursary available at BLC, with different criteria for each, we find it can sometimes overwhelms visitors to our funding pages scrolling through heaps of information trying to figure out which fund if any, will apply to them.

To help make it easier for you (and us) to establish if you would be eligible for funding support from one of our Bursaries, we ask that you complete the funding checker below. This form will then tell you which fund you may be eligible for, what support that fund covers and it will also generate an evidence checklist based on the answers you provide. We advise you not to complete an application form until you have collated the mandatory evidence.

Once you have completed the quiz you can download the relevant Bursary fact files too so you know which fund you may qualify for, how we assess it and what the next steps are.

BLC Financial Support Checker – 2020/21 (Students who started with us in September 2020/ January 2021)

BLC Financial Support Checker – 2021/22 (Students who are due to start with us in September 2021/ January 2022)

Step 2 – What evidence should i supply

After you have completed the fund checker for your academic year. We now ask you begin to collate your evidence in preparation for submitting your application. Should you choose to submit an application without evidence, your application will not be processed until the mandatory evidence has been received.

Due to limited funds being available to us each year, we strongly advise not to do this as complete applications will be prioritised and monies will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

If you forgot to download/ screenshot your checklist whilst on the Support checker, you can find a copy below (this will be updated with the evidence checklists for students studying in 2021/22 soon)



Examples of Evidence

Step 3 – Application

Financial Support Fund Application Form 2020/21

Application form for 2021/22 available to complete from Monday 19 July 2021

Step 4 – Support – Student Money and Rights Adviser

Should you require support with anything mentioned on these pages, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I offer drop ins and appointments for students across both campuses and work alongside the Learner Journey Team to help ensure funding is not a barrier to participation whilst studying with us.

Name: Eleanor Ives

T: 01298 330 817 (Helpline Mon- Fri 1pm-2pm)

Step 5 – Updates

Key updates regarding funding will be posted here.

financial support

Applications for support in 2021/21 will close on Friday 2 July 2021.

Vulnerable Bursary

No updates

16-19 Bursary/ Learner Support Fund/ A.L.L Bursary

No updates

Free College Meals

No updates


Step 6 – Further Information


Other Funding

Childcare funding

Do you have Children and want to study at College?

If you are under 20 years old and need assistance with the cost of childcare, you may be able to apply for funding through the Government’s Care to Learn Scheme.

For the points above, the following detail applies:

You will need to book an appointment with the Student Money and Rights adviser and have a copy of your childs birth certificate/ child benefit claim to hand.

You must be using an OFSTED registered provider which may be a Nursery, pre-school setting or childminder. ‌

If you need support looking for the right childcare for your son or daughter, we have a list of Registered Childcare Providers

*Please also note 2 – 4 year olds may be entitled to 15/30 hours of free nursery education – this entitlement must be used before making a claim for assistance with childcare

You can apply before enrolment or during the academic year.



Buxton & Leek College is part of the University of Derby. Eligible students who choose to continue their studies by moving into higher education at the University of Derby will receive a £1,000.00 Financial Boost (£900 as a cash award plus a £100 study resource card for Blackwell’s Bookshop). For further information on the Buxton and Leek College Bursary and other Financial Support available to University of Derby students click here.