Scholarships and Financial Support

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

High Achievers Scholarships

This is a scholarship for new students who have gained or are expecting to achieve a minimum of 3 Grade 8s and 3 Grade 7s in their GCSEs. The academic scholarship is designed to support you and provide financial assistance towards the costs of fulfilling your academic potential without the added pressure of having to take on paid work. When you receive your GCSE results, you will need to complete the application form and return to studentfinance@blackburn.ac.uk.

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

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.

Digital Scholarships

This scholarship is for new students interested in Digital. 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.

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.

If you are between the ages of 16-18, you will not need to pay for your education, and Blackburn College will provide you with as much financial support as we can to help you through your studies.

We have now developed a new student support package. Our ‘All About You’ Support Offer is new, and improved and all about you. Enrol at Blackburn College on a full-time course in September 2022 and you can receive tailored financial support. The Student Finance team can develop an individualised package that works for your needs.

Help with your journey to college

We have a range of bus pass travel options for our students to get to Blackburn College. The travel pass can also be used at any time and at the weekend too.

If you’re not eligible for the free travel pass we can offer you a low cost travel pass.

A free travel pass is available if you live in the following areas that have had a financial assessment with our student finance team and received an individualised package. This covers the following areas; Accrington, Bacup, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Chipping, Chorley, Clayton-le-Moors, Clitheroe, Colne, Darwen, Feniscowles, Great Harwood, Haslingden, Helmshore, Longridge, Nelson, Padiham, Preston, Rawtenstall, Rishton, Rising Bridge, Waterfoot and Whalley.

If you’re not eligible for the FREE travel pass take advantage of the reduced cost travel pass. This covers the following areas; Accrington, Blackburn, Clayton-le-Moors, Darwen, Feniscowles, Great Harwood, Huncoat, Rishton, Rising Bridge, Bacup, Barnoldswick, Bolton, Burnley, Chorley, Clitheroe, Colne, Haslingden, Helmshore, Nelson, Padiham, Preston, Rawtenstall, Whalley or Wilpshire. You’ll receive a generously subsided pass per term.

Support Allowance

The 'All About You' Support Offer can help you with a range of costs which come with studying.

This could be with help to stock up on the main stationery and IT equipment* you need to help you with your studies. *IT equipment is required back at the end of your studies.

It could also go towards reduced lower cost college meals. You can use across all cafés and food spots on campus.

Eligibility Criteria

The ‘All About You’ Support Offer is available to any 16-18 year-old full-time Sixth Form or Technical students, starting from September 2022. You must:

  • Be at least 16 but under 19 years of age on 31 August 2022
  • 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.

Contact the Student Finance on 01254 292929 or email studentfinance@blackburn.ac.uk for more details.

How to Apply for a Scholarship

Complete the application form and send it into studentfinance@blackburn.ac.uk.

For further information or an update on your application please contact us at studentfinance@blackburn.ac.uk.

View/download a Scholarship Application Form

Terms and Conditions Apply

  • All Scholarships at Blackburn College are limited, available to new students only and are assessed on an individual basis against set criteria
  • Students will be required to attend an interview and if successful a contract of agreement will be formed
  • If students leave the College against the advice of a member of College staff, have poor grades or attendance they will be expected to return the scholarship payment

Scholarship Payments will be paid in three instalments, one at the end of each term, for a maximum of two years and are subject to provision of a good progress report.

On receipt of your application form and supporting documents, we will issue an acknowledgement letter. If you have not received a letter from the College, within 28 working days of submitting your completed form, please contact us.

View/download Financial Policy for Further Education students 2021 - 2022