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If you're hoping or planning to start a college course but are concerned about the potential costs involved, please read on for a handy guide written by our Welfare team.


At Central Bedfordshire College we want to ensure finance isn’t a barrier to your studies. The College has access to government funding that could help you with some of the costs of studying a Further Education course. This support could be in the form of travel costs, course equipment, uniform and childcare funding if you need it.

All funding from the "Discretionary Learner Support Fund” (DLS Fund) is dependent on your circumstances.

To access the "Discretionary Learner Support Fund" (DLS Fund) to help with the cost of coming to college you will need to provide evidence of your circumstances. Eligibility for help will depend on your age, your household income and your immigration status.


If you are aged between 16-18 on 31st August you may be eligible to receive free college meals, if you or your parents are in receipt of qualifying state benefits,


If you are aged under 20 at the start of your course and need help with the costs of childcare while you are studying, you may be eligible to apply to the government "Care to Learn" scheme. You could get up to £160 a week per child.

To find out more information and to apply please click here.

If you are aged 20+ at the start of your Further Education course, the college may be able to support you with childcare costs through the DLS Fund while you are studying. After applying you will need to complete a 20+ Childcare Application Form. Please read through this carefully and fill in all sections, once completed please collect an additional form that is required to be completed by your chosen childcare provider.


If you are a young carer living in Bedfordshire, you may be able to apply for a carers' grant to pay for a break, activity, service or training, that could help to improve your health or wellbeing.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

You can also apply for a Carers' Card which can offer you discounts at some shops and leisure/sports venues; please click here.

If I am struggling with the costs of coming to College - what can I do?

Speak to a member of the Student Services Welfare Team who will be able to advise you on any financial assistance available to you through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF). Take a look at the Student Services page on our website for information on all Student Funding options.

Can I get help with the costs of any kit or equipment that I require for my course?

Essential equipment is provided by each Learning Area to enable you to achieve on your course. If you are eligible to apply for financial support through the College’s Discretionary Learner Support Fund then you may be able to receive support for your uniform.

Can I get help with childcare costs whilst at College?

If you are aged under 20 at the start of your course you can apply for support with childcare costs by completing the Funding Application Form which can be found here. If you are aged under 20 at the start of your course, the government scheme “Care to Learn” can help pay for your childcare costs while you're studying. Please click here to apply.

Friday, 10 June 2022

Your exams preparation guide

Exams are an unavoidable part of life. At different stages of our life, we all have to take some form of exams. Exam preparation techniques vary among individuals. In this article on exam preparation, we have put together universally accepted, practiced, and proven tips on preparing for your exams. 

College has so much to offer, from building the foundations for the future you dream of, to making lifelong friends. It’s important to make the most of this opportunity – and here’s how!

Monday, 11 April 2022

Ten tips for your CV

In job applications, CVs are the most commonly requested document. A CV is essentially a summary of your educational background, work experience, credentials, and other achievements and talents. 

Being a newbie in a place can be very lonely. It can be frightening going to college knowing that you might not know anyone there. A friend would help in calming your nerves in the newness and strangeness that college unveils. If you are looking for how to make friends in college, keep reading. These tips and hacks are sure to get you making friends in your first week in college.

As part of the admissions process, a lot of colleges schedule interviews with their prospective students. When reviewing your application, admissions staff will take the interview into account - albeit with an equal interest in your grades. 

Although sometimes the interview will not determine if you’re successful or not, it is important to take it seriously. A college interview is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your distinctive personal qualities and establish contact with the admissions team. If you’re looking at applying to a college where an interview is part of the process, here are five top tips to help you smash it!

A college interview is almost like any other kind of interview - formal and well structured. Make sure you’re on time, and even if your interviewer is someone you already know, you must maintain all formalities. 

Prepare ahead of time

Interviewing is a skill that needs practice to master. Whether it’s your first ever interview or you’re a seasoned pro, before you leave, double-check that you have everything you'll need. A notebook and a pen are a good place to start and anything else that you’ve been asked to bring, such as a portfolio for creative courses or certificates from prior achievements.

some past interview questions from your parents, teachers, or friends and practise answering them honestly and thoughtfully. Then question your "interviewer's" impression of you. Make sure you are adequately prepared for your interview way before the date itself - you can never prepare too early.

Part-time courses are more popular now than ever

Do you want to learn a new skill or gain new knowledge, but don't have the time to commit to a full-time course? Well, you're in luck! Part-time courses are more popular now than ever, and there are plenty of options available that can fit around your busy schedule. So whatever it is you want to learn, check out the part-time courses we offer at Central Bedfordshire College and get started today!

Job hunting can be a long and tiresome process. But before you decide to neglect your ambitions and prepare to accept any position that presents itself to you, consider adapting your approach. Luckily there are tips you can bear in mind on how to get a job that you want.

Your time at school is coming to an end after over a decade. You can’t wait to move on to the next stage of your life and start an exciting course learning something you’re really passionate about. You’re looking at our course explorer page, and… you’re stuck. What do you actually want to do?

If you’re starting to look into your options for education after you leave school, chances are you’ve heard about the traditional A Levels followed by university route, and maybe a little about FE colleges and apprenticeships. But there are still some misconceptions floating around about colleges and what they offer – so we’re here to debunk the most common myths!