A group of adult learners during a lesson

At BSDC, we offer two bursaries for those aged 19 years of age or over which are designed to help learners from low income families to meet some of the costs incurred as a result of studying.  Support is available per academic year. If you are on a two year course it is important to note that you will need to make a new application each year of study.

  • Discretionary Adult Learner Support Fund (DALSf)

    The Discretionary Adult Learner Support Fund is designed to help adult learners aged 19 years of age or over as of the 31st August who meet Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) criteria for adult provision.  The priority groups for support are:

    • An adult living with parent(s) or guardian(s), who are expected to be financially independent, with a personal income of less than £10,200 gross per year (before deductions).
    • An adult living independently or with a partner/spouse with a combined household income of less than £17,417 gross per year (before deductions) or are solely dependent on savings.
    • An adult living independently or with a partner/spouse who are in receipt of one or more of the following means test benefits:
    1. Universal Credit
    2. Working Tax Credits
    3. Working Tax Credit run-on which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    4. Income Support
    5. Job Seekers Allowance
    6. Employment Support Allowance
    7. Housing Benefit
    • An adult in receipt of the guaranteed element of a state pension.
    • An adult who has legally been in the UK pending consideration of their claim by the Home Office for longer than six months and no decision has been made.
    • An adult eligible for support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

    Applications will only be considered for assistance with:

    • Travel (travel contributions, concessionary bus passes or cycle2college scheme) for those living more than 3 miles from their main campus.
    • Childcare fees
    • Equipment, uniform, work wear (including shoes and boots) - for information on the kit and uniform requirements for your chosen subject, please visit our website page for details and order forms.
    • Art and design materials
    • Printing and copying
    • Trips and visits
    • Text books and or revision guides
    • Examination and tuition fees
    • Professional memberships
  • Advanced Loans Bursary Fund (ALBf)

    The Advanced Loans Bursary Fund (ALBf) is designed to help adult learners aged 19 years of age or over as of the 31st August who are using an approved Advanced Learner Loan to meet some or all of the cost of their course tuition. The priority groups for support are:

    • An adult living with parent(s) or guardian(s), who are expected to be financially independent, with a personal income of less than £10,200 gross per year (before deductions).
    • An adult living independently or with a partner/spouse with a combined household income of less than £17,417 gross per year (before deductions) or are solely dependent on savings.
    • An adult living independently or with a partner/spouse who are in receipt of one or more of the following means test benefits:
    1. Universal Credit
    2. Working Tax Credits
    3. Working Tax Credit run-on which is paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    4. Income Support
    5. Job Seekers Allowance
    6. Employment Support Allowance
    7. Housing Benefit
    • An adult in receipt of the guaranteed element of a state pension.

    Support is conditional on the learner having an approved Advanced Learner Loan in place and availability of funds at the time of application.  

    Applications will only be considered for assistance with:

    • Travel (travel contributions, concessionary bus passes or Cycle2College scheme) for those living more than 3 miles from their main campus OR assistance with childcare fees.
    • The costs of Additional Learning Support (ALS)

    Learners applying for assistance with the costs of Additional Learning Support (ALS) will be prioritised for funding.

  • Get in touch

    Email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

    Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

    Visit us: Chat to our Financial Support Coordinator in the Learner Hub at our Burton town centre campus or our Learner Services Team at Stephen Burke Construction Academy.

    Opening hours: You can drop-in to speak to one of our advisors Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 1.00pm. Appointments are available on a Monday to Thursday between 2.30pm to 4.30pm.  Fridays are strictly by appointment only.  To make an appointment please call or email.

Contact Details

Contact Details


Burton and South Derbyshire College
Tel: 01283 494400

Town Centre Campus


Burton Town Centre Campus, Lichfield Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3RL

Stephen Burke Construction Academy


Construction Academy, 21 Tetron Point, William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 OBB