Scholarships and Financial Support

Blackburn College offer a range of scholarships to new students. We know that times may be hard for your parents, and that 16-18 year olds need money whilst studying full time, so we want to help motivate you to work hard and show dedication to your success, by offering a £1,000 scholarship.

Academic Scholarships

Are you predicted 3 A*s and 3 As in your GCSEs? If you receive your GCSE results via the new grading system - we'll accept an 8 as an A* and a 7 as an A.

Then we want you to do everything we can to make sure you can carry on being successful in education - and that's why we offer a £1,000 a year scholarship.

When you receive your GCSE results you will be invited for an interview after enrolment.

STEM Scholarships

This scholarship is for new students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths. You will need to demonstrate a real passion for your subject with a desire to succeed in your career. You will also need to have an excellent school report, be highly motivated and ideally taken part in some form of related project or activity demonstrating your commitment to your subject.

You will be required to actively promote the college and represent the students of the College on committees, focus groups and College events.

Sport Scholarships

The Sporting Excellence Scholarship is for new students who are dedicated to a sport and representing the district or even the nation at that sport. You will also need to have an excellent school report. The scholarship is designed to support new students and provide financial assistance towards the costs of fulfilling your sporting potential. You may use the money for transport to practice sessions or competitions, buy quality equipment and/or pay for a specialist coach.

You will be required to actively promote the college and represent the students of the College on committees, focus groups and College events.

Creative Arts Scholarships

The Creative Arts Scholarship can relate to high achievement in any field of artistic endeavour; fine art, media, photography, design or music. You will also need to have an excellent school report. The scholarship is designed to support students and provide financial assistance towards the costs of transport to practice sessions, buying quality equipment or uniform and/or hiring venues.

You will be required to actively promote the college and represent the students of the College on committees, focus groups and College events.

Health Care Scholarships

The Healthcare Scholarship is for new students who can demonstrate their aptitude to work in the health and social care profession. You must have an excellent school record and some relevant experience either through; paid employment, volunteering or through caring for a family member. You must show impressive self-motivation along with unquestionable support and empathy towards others in order to receive this scholarship.

You will be required to actively promote the college and represent the students of the College on committees, focus groups and College events.

Financial Support

Being aged between 16–18, you will not need to pay for your education, and Blackburn College will provide you with as much financial support as they can to support you through your studies.

£30 per term travel

Here at Blackburn College, we are aware that one of the biggest factors that influence your chosen place of study is the location, cost and how easy it is to get there. Chose to study with us and you can access a £30 per term travel pass to get you to and from college. The added bonus is that there is no limit to the number of times you can use  or the time. That means you can access free bus travel in the evenings and at weekends.

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Meal Deals

If you are a full-time 16-18 year old students (excluding apprentices) at Blackburn College you will be eligible for a free breakfast and a subsidised lunch.

Free Breakfasts

Free breakfasts are available in Courtyard Café and the Beacon Centre Deli bar. You’ll be entitled to toast or a bowl of porridge as well as a glass of orange or fruit juice. Breakfast is served daily between 8:15 and 8:45am. You will need your student ID card to collect your free breakfast.

Subsidised Lunch

Subsidised lunches are available in Courtyard Café and the Beacon Centre Deli bar. From September 2014 you will only have to pay £1 for your lunch and will be able to choose from:

  • A choice of pasta dishes
  • A Jacket potato (with either cheese, beans, coleslaw or salad)
  • A range of sandwiches

You can collect your subsidised lunch at any time once you have your student ID card.

FREE Lunch

If you are aged 16-18 (or aged between 19 & 25 and subject to a Learning Difficulty Assessment (ADS) or an Education Health & Care (EHC) Plan)….then from September 2014 you may qualify for a Free College Meal.

To be eligible for Free College Meals then you must satisfy the criteria below.

Students or parents of a student must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part IV 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
  • Working Tax Credit run on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

What will I get?

For every day you are on timetable and attend College you will be credited with £2.41 to spend at certain College refectories. This can be redeemed against a selection of healthy meals and drinks choices but will not include snacks and chocolate.

How do I apply?

Visit the Student Finance Team at the Hub in the Beacon Centre and they will provide you with the Support Allowance application form which includes a section on Free College Meals.

Support Allowance

The Blackburn College Support Allowance can help you with a range of costs which are associated with studying.

If you meet the eligibility criteria dependent on your household income you will receive a payment to help towards the costs of studying which will include, meals, printing and stationary.

Eligibility Criteria

The support allowance is available to any 16-18 year-old full-time Sixth Form or Vocational students, starting from September 2016. You must:

  • Be at least 16 but under 19 years of age on 31 August 2016
  • Dependant on household income and benefits. Please call for more information.
  • Have been resident in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for the last 3 years

All funds are dependent on attendance and progress on your course and all funds are limited, so please apply early to ensure you receive this grant.

Independent students or care leavers may also be eligible for additional financial support. Please contact The Hub on 01254 292929 for more details.