Our flexible grants allow you to shape the support you receive to meet your individual needs. 

The following grants are available:

  • Travel 
  • Kit/Uniform
  • Trips/Visits
  • AAT Membership/Books
  • Exam Tuition
  • Childcare

Learners travelling by public transport, car, moped or motorcycle will receive a maximum contribution of £390 in the Staffordshire area and £495 for any other area. 

  • Eligibility

    Awards will be made on a case by case basis, and do not set a precedent for other awards. To be eligible to apply for our support grants, you must be:

    • Aged 19 years of age or over on the 31st August
    • Enrolled on a full or part time Government funded course of Further Education
    • Not funding their studies using an Advanced Learner Loan (See Advanced Learner Loans)
    • Have ‘home’ student status or have been granted full ‘refugee’ or asylum seeker’ status (British Citizens normally have ‘home student’ status)
    • Have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK, EU or EEA continuously for the last 3 years before the start of your course, with ‘settled status’ which means having indefinite leave to enter or remain (ILE/ILR)

    In addition, you should meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

    • Living independently and in receipt of one or more of the following benefits in your own right, or are living with a partner or spouse who is in receipt of one or more of the following benefits, with an identified financial need:

     - Income Support or Universal Credit
     - Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)
     - Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
     - Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
     - The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
     - Child Tax Credits with an annual gross income of no more than £17,076 (for one dependent) or £19,999 (for two or more dependents) as assessed by Her Majesty’s  - Revenue and Customs (including Working Tax Credits).
     - Working Tax Credit run-on which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

    • Living independently or with a partner or spouse, claiming no benefits, with a gross household income of less than £16,190 and an identified financial need.
    • Currently living with parents or carers but is expected to be financially independent, with a personal gross income of less than £10,000 and an identified financial need

  • Don’t meet the eligibility criteria but still need help?

    Don’t worry, if you have a genuine financial need but do not meet the eligibility criteria, you may still apply for support. You will be required to write and submit a short statement detailing your exceptional circumstances and provide any appropriate supporting evidence. Awards under exceptional circumstances are made on a case by case basis, at the discretion of the Learner Services and Support Manager, and do not set a precedent for other awards. Speak to a member of our Financial Support Team for further information.

  • Contact us

    For more information and advice about the Advanced Learner Loan, please call our Financial Support Team on 01283 494757/4472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact Details

Contact Details


Burton and South Derbyshire College
Tel: 01283 494400

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