Funding Non-Advanced Courses
Summary: Financial information about funding your studying non-advanced level - NC, SVQ, VTCT, SGA or Highers - at West College Scotland.
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
Funding Application System
West College Scotland has launched our online funding application system. Learners looking to apply for funding including bursaries will be now be able to do this online. This system has replaced bursary packs.
To apply for your funding you will need your Student Reference Number to activate your account. You will find this on your letter of unconditional offer/acceptance.
Visit the student funding online application system
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
The bursary application process takes approximately four to six weeks, and you should
apply when you receive your offer of a place.
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 www.emascotland.com.
Get More Information
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)