Our Bursary Programme helps people who are financially unable to complete one of our qualifications

We award bursaries twice a year for people who wish to study for a City & Guilds or ILM qualification in the United Kingdom, but lack the funds.

Bursaries are grants that cover costs arising as a result of taking one of our qualifications which can include:

  • Course and/or exam fees
  • Learning materials  
  • Travel
  • Childcare
  • Living expenses



Qualification criteria

To qualify for a bursary, you will need to:

  • Be 16 years or over
  • Be currently studying, or wanting to study a City & Guilds or ILM qualification
  • Currently be a resident of and study in the UK
  • Demonstrate in your application that you are in genuine financial need

Please note we do not make any retrospective payments for course fees and study materials. This also includes self-funded payments or loans that you may have taken out with a college or bank.

How do I apply for a bursary?

We are not currently accepting any applications for 2018 study. The next round of applications will open in Autumn 2018 for those needing financial support from 1 March 2019.

For more information about the Bursary Programme, please read through our Application Guide and FAQs.

Spring 2018 bursary round key dates:

  • 10:00AM Monday 26 March 2018: Spring 2018 round opens
  • 11:59PM Monday 28 May 2018: Spring 2018 round closes
  • Friday 1 June 2018: Shortlisting outcome email – you will be notified whether you have been shortlisted to the next stage or not.
  • Monday 18 June - Friday 06 July 2018: Interviews are held for shortlisted applicants
  • Monday 30 July 2018: Bursary Board Meeting (decisions made)
  • Tuesday 31 July 2018: Final outcome email

If you have any queries about the City & Guilds Group Bursary Programme, please contact us using the details below:

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