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    At BSDC, we offer two bursaries for those aged 16 to 18 years of age 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.

    This academic year, applications can be made at two intervals in the academic year.

    Applications for support during the 2023 to 2024 academic year will first open on Monday 12th June 2023, closing on Friday 29th September 2023. They will then reopen on Wednesday 3rd January 2024, and close again on Friday 1st March 2024.

    16-18 Vulnerable Bursary: 16-18 Vulnerable Bursary

    16-18 Discretionary Bursary: 16-18 Discretionary Bursary

    • Enhanced Bursary
       The Enhanced Bursary is available to those identified as vulnerable leaners. The priority groups, as defined by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), for support are:

      Young people in care

      Young people leaving care

      Young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right

      Young people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments AND Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit

      Learners in these priority groups who believe that they qualify for the Enhanced Bursary are required to provide evidence of their care status or benefits as above to support their application.

      Applicants are also required to declare if they are:

      Attending a specialist residential provision where all costs are covered

      Taking a distance learning course and there are no costs, such as transport or meals

      Under local authority care and their costs are covered

      Under these circumstances an applicant may not be eligible for an award.

      Any awards made under this bursary, are subject to an individual needs assessment. 

    • Discretionary Bursary
       The Discretionary Bursary is available to learners aged 16 to 18 years of age as of the 31st August who meet Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) criteria for post-16 provision.  The priority groups for support are:

      Young people living with parent(s) or guardian(s) with a household income of less than £31,400 gross per year (before deductions) or are solely dependent on savings

      Young people living with parent(s) or guardian(s) who are in receipt of the guaranteed element of a state pension

      Young people aged 19 or over and continuing on the same study programme which they started when aged 16 to 18 (19+ continuers)

      Young people aged 19 to 25 years with a current Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) whose studies are continuing to be funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

      Young people eligible for support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

      Young people living with parent(s) or guardian(s) who are in receipt of one or more of the following means test benefits:

      (a) Income Support

      (b) Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)

      (c) Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

      (d) Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

      (e) The guarantee element of State Pension Credit 

      (f) Child Tax Credit with no Working Tax Credit entitlement 

      (g) Child Tax and Working Tax Credit where the combined sum of the household employment income and working tax credit does not exceed the stated maximum household income threshold.

      (h) Universal Credit 

      (I) Housing Benefit 

      Applications made by those with a household income of less than £31,400 gross per year will be considered for assistance with:

      Travel (travel contributions, concessionary bus tickets or Cycle2College scheme for those who live more than 1.5 miles from their campus) 

      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

      Educational Trips and visits

      Text books and or revision guides

      Discretionary meals 

    • Free Meals at College

      If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 years of age as of the 31st August, you may be eligible to receive free College meals.

      If you are aged 19 and continuing on a study programme which you began aged 16 to 18 (referred to as ‘19+ continuers’) or aged 19 to 25 years and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you may be eligible to continue to receive free college meals as long as your eligibility continues.

      Free college meals are targeted at disadvantaged learners.  Guidance defines ‘disadvantaged’ as learners in receipt of, or residing with parents or carers, who are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

      Income Support

      Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA)

      Income-related 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 Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC))

      Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit

      Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

      Please note that Working Tax Credit is not a qualifying benefit for free meals, and a parent or learner in receipt of Working Tax Credits is not entitled to a free college meal.

    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

      If I had free meals at school does this automatically continue at College?

      A learner is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or a responsible adult on their behalf, has made a successful application to the college.  Free meals will commence from the date of award.

      Do I have to apply every year?

      Returning learners must apply again for each academic year.

      How will I receive my free meal?

      Successful applicants will receive vouchers to spend in the College Food Hub to the value of £5 per day. 

      What days will I receive a free meal?

      Free meals will only be provided on the days where learner is timetabled in college for a minimum of 5 hours.  For example, if a learner attends for 5 days a week, 9am to 3pm, for part of their course, the college will provide 5 free meals. If a learner has 2 days a week when they only attend from 9am to 10am, then the college does not have to provide meals on those days.  

      What happens if I am on a trip or on work placement?

      Learners who are off-site on work placement or work experience as part of their study programme whose host organisation is unable or unwilling to provide a meal and who have no access to a suitable food outlet that will accept a voucher will be deemed exceptional cases and as such will receive a cash payment of £5 per day by BACS. Examples include work placements in rural areas or on industrial sites.

      Who is not eligible for free meals?

      The following groups of learners are not eligible for free college meals:

      • Learners aged between 14 and 16 (these students are already covered by free school meals (FSM) provision)

      • Learners aged 19 or over at the start of their study programme, unless they have an EHCP or are a 19+ continuer

      • Apprentices, including those with an EHCP

    Contact us

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

    Tel:01283494757 or Tel:01283494699

    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