Funding Non-Advanced Courses

Summary: Financial information about funding your studying non-advanced level - NC, SVQ, VTCT, SGA or Highers - at West College Scotland.

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If you decide to study a full-time non-advanced course - such as an NC, SVQ, VTCT, SGA or a programme of Highers - you may be eligible for a bursary or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).


A bursary includes payment of tuition fees for your course and also an allowance for living expenses (maintenance) and travel. Tuition fees are paid for all eligible students, but the maintenance allowance, course expenses and travel expenses are means-tested and take account of parental, spouse, partner or student income. 

You may be eligible for a bursary if you:

  • Are planning to study on a non-advanced further education course
    (e.g. NC, SVQ, SGA or programme of Highers)
  • Have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for the three years prior to your date of application 

The bursary application process takes approximately four to six weeks, and you should apply when you receive your offer of a place.

John Lindsay

A Huge Decision

“ Giving up work and going to college full-time was a huge decision, but the staff in bursary office at West College Scotland made the process so easy for me and I am really enjoying my course.”

Read John's story in full

John Lindsay, NC & HNC Early Education and Childcare student

Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), a form of financial support for 16 - 18 year olds who will be undertaking a full-time course at college in September.

The EMA is a weekly payment, paid directly to young people who stay on in further education after they reach the statutory leaving age (i.e. after their compulsory schooling). The level of this allowance is dependent upon family income.

You can find out more by contacting our Student Funding Office or by visiting

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Further information, including answers to the most frequently asked questions, can be found in our Guide to FE Funding Booklet 2013-14.

The best piece of advice we can give is find out as much as you can about the financial implications of coming to college. Speak to our Student Information Centre for more advice and help with your individual case.

Student Information Centre:
Tel: 01475 724433 (Greenock)

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