Our bursaries programme helps people who are financially unable to study for one of our qualifications

We award approximately 100 bursaries every 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, including:

  • Course fees and/or exam fees
  • Materials/tools/books
  • Childcare
  • Travel expenses
  • Living costs



Qualification criteria

To qualify for a bursary, you will need to:

  • Be currently studying, or wanting to study, for a City & Guilds or ILM qualification
  • Demonstrate in your application that you are in genuine financial need that would otherwise prevent you from completing your qualification
  • Currently be a resident of, and wish to study in the UK for a City & Guilds or ILM qualification

Please note that we do not make any retrospective payments including payments for career development or deferred loans that you may have taken out with a college or bank.

How do I apply for a bursary?

The Spring Bursary Round is now open. The deadline to submit your application is Monday, 12 June 2017, 10am.

We run several online group 'surgery calls’ where we talk you through the application process. If you would like to attend one of the surgery calls, please register here.

Step one

Firstly, read the Application Guidance.

The application guidance explains how the online application is laid out.

It also clarifies what information you need to provide, to ensure your application has as much information as possible.

Step two

Secondly, register online.

To apply for a City & Guilds Group bursary you will need to firstly register. Registration should take you no longer than one minute.

Step three

Now, complete your Online Bursary Application.

Once you have registered online, you will immediately have access to a link for the online application form.

If you firstly prepare your answers to the application questions offline, completing the application should not take any longer than one hour.

 Contact us

If you have any queries about the City & Guilds Group Bursary Programme or require any assistance with your application, please contact us using the details below.

T: +44 (0)20 7294 2591

E: bursaries@cityandguilds.com

Please be aware that there is a different bursary process for previous bursary winners.

If you have previously applied for a City & Guilds Group Bursary and have been awarded in the past 18 months please contact us using the details above in order for us to discuss your application with you.

In your correspondence, please include when you applied (month/year), how much you were awarded and the details of your award, including qualification.


Get in touch

If you have applied and have a specific query about your application, please telephone the bursaries team at 0207 294 2591, or email us