Whether you’re wanting to improve your career prospects or find a hobby to fill up your free time, we run a number of different courses.

Adults can study any of our courses, so check out the full range of short coursescollege and degree level programmes to find one that suits you.

Wondering how you can make the course work around your life? Get in touch and we can provide you with more information on when the course is delivered and how we may be able to support you.

Prepare to study for a degree

Our Access to Higher Education (HE) courses are the ideal way to get up to speed with a subject so that you're ready to study at degree level.

These college level courses are designed for students aged 19+. They will provide you with a Level 3 qualification that will meet the entry requirements required to study a degree in just one year.

We offer the following Access to Higher Education courses:

You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to pay for your Access course, which would be 'written off' by Student Finance England upon completion of your degree programme. Further details can be found below.

Financing your return to education

There are a number of funded courses that as an adult you may be eligible to study free of charge.

Depending on your circumstances and if you meet specific criteria or if you are in receipt of benefits, you may not have to pay any tuition fees. If you are not in receipt of any benefits then don’t worry, there is funding available to help support you for those courses that require fees.

Advanced Learner Loans

If you are aged 19 or over you may be entitled to an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of a college level course. The loan goes directly to the college to pay for your course.

If you choose to study an Access to Higher Education programme, Student Finance England will ‘write off’ any outstanding Advanced Learner Loan balances you owe for that course once you complete a higher education course. This means you do not have to repay it. The higher education course must be eligible for student finance. You can find out more about programmes that are eligible on the gov.uk website.

If you choose another course, you won't start paying anything back until you are earning over £511 a week or £2,214 a month (before tax and other deductions). If you never earn this amount, you may never have to pay it back.

Financing a Degree

If you choose to study a degree programme, you may be eligible for a student loan. The money you borrow money to help with the cost of tuition fees and living costs. Extra help is also available for a range of individuals, including students with children or dependent adults. Further details are available on the gov.uk website.

Postgraduate loans are now also available for those studying a masters programme. Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

The college also has a number of scholarship programmes and grants to assist with things like childcare, as well with accommodation fees and transport if needed.

For further advice on all financial matters and to find out about the support available, call our Student Services team on 0800 731 82 81 or email enquiries@bishopburton.ac.uk.

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