How is my course funded?
Here at Bowling College we hold a contract with the Skills Funding Agency to offer our learners, meet meet their eligibility rules, free or subsidised learning.
A. Functional Skills Maths, Functional Skills English, GCSE Maths, GCSE English Courses
If your course is free and you are a fully funded learner then we recieve all of your fees from the Skills Funding Agency/European Social Fund*. If you are fully funded then you will be asked to sign a declaration on your learning agreement when you enrol on your course. If your course is not free then you are a 'co-funded learner' this means that we recieve a contribution from the Skills Funding Agency/European Social Fund* and a contibution form your or your sponsor e.g. your employer.
B. Health and Social Care, Childcare & our Access Programmes
If you are under 24 or your course is a level 1 or level 2 qualification then, if eligible, you will be funded the same way as the courses detailed in A above. However if you are over 24 and studying a level 3 qualification then you or your sponsor will need to pay the full course fees. An option is to cover the course fees through applying for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan from the Student Loans Company. We can help you do this here at the college if required.
We do understand that the rules and the funding of your course can sometimes be confusing so if you have any questions you can contact our college services team either by telephone: 01274 773310, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call in and see us at 4th Floor, Centre for Enterprise Building, 114-116 Manningham Lane, Bradford BD8 7JW
The Skills Funding Agency has a brilliant website that will give you information about the funding, their rules and how they have helped learners throughout their learning journey.
The European Social Fund have produced lots of booklets to help people understand who they are and what services/funding they offer. You can either download the PDF or visit their website. Below is a video they have produced showing how they have had an impact on people not just in the UK but accross Europe as a whole.
*The Skills Funding Agency is working with the European Social Fund (ESF), which is responsible for promoting employment opportunities for all, to deliver this projext/initiative. For further information on the ESF please visit their website.