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Further Education (FE) course funding

The University receives funding from both the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to support students studying for the Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art Design and Media. 

Education Funding Agency

If you are aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August in the academic year in which you start your study, you can apply for an award from this fund to help you with the cost of:

  • accommodation and travel
  • course materials and equipment


There are two types of 16-19 Bursary Fund. These are:

1. Vulnerable Student Bursary

You could get a bursary of up to £1,200 if at least one of the following applies:

  • you are in or recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support (or Universal Credit in place of Income Support) in your name
  • you are disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit in place of ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name

2. Discretionary Student Bursary

You can apply for an award from this fund if your household income is below £25,000 or if you live with your parents and they are in receipt of Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Universal Credit or an equivalent benefit, or if the student is receiving help from the National Association of Special Schools. Students are required to provide documentary evidence which could include:

  • letter from the Local Council
  • HMRC Tax Credit Award Notice or similar
  • letter from the Jobcentre Plus confirming benefits 
  • letter from the DWP.

In the first instance, please speak to your Faculty Administrator to obtain an application form and remember to provide all of the supporting evidence requested.
If you would like more information please visit the GOV.UK website

Skills Funding Agency

If you're aged 19 or over on 31 August in the academic year in which you start your study there are a number of different sources of funding which you may be eligible to apply for. These are detailed below:

1. Advanced Learner Loans

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your course.
Loan eligibility doesn't depend on your income and there are no credit checks.  Please speak to your Faculty administrator to obtain a 'Learning and funding information' letter - you need this to complete the application.

For more information and to check your eligibility, please visit the GOV.UK website.

You can also download the Guide to the terms and conditions

2. 19+ Adult Discretionary Support Fund

If you're aged 19 or over on 31 August in the academic year in which you start your study, you can apply for an award from this fund to help you with the cost of:

  • accommodation and travel
  • course materials and equipment.


You can apply if your household income is below £25,000 and you or your parents/ partner are in receipt of any of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit
  • Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income based)
  • Council tax/housing benefit
  • Pension credit (guaranteed only)
  • Working families/child tax credit


Can I apply for help with childcare costs?


If you are aged 19 and require help with your child care costs, you can apply for Care to Learn . Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information.

3. 20+ Childcare Discretionary Student Support

The funding for childcare is limited and so applying for help with child care costs is not a guarantee that you will receive it. We can only provide assistance for Ofsted registered child minders/ nurseries.

If your child is 3 or over, you may be eligible for Early Education Funding (EEF).  Please visit the GOV.UK website for more information.

4. 19+ Residential Access Fund

You may be eligible for assistance towards the cost of your accommodation if you have been obliged to move from your permanent home address in order to follow your course of study and your household income is under £25,000 per year.

Financial assistance is subject to funding availability and awards will be paid to those in greatest financial need.

You can apply if you are living in University Halls of Residence. Please note that the maximum payment allowance is £2,000.

The Application Process

If you would like to apply for assistance from any of the above funds, please speak to your Faculty Administrator to obtain an application form and remember to provide all of the supporting evidence requested.

For more information, please visit the GOV.UK website.

Please note, this course is not eligible for Student Finance England (SFE) Funding