Our Bursary 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 the next bursary round is intended for learners who will commence their qualification from 1 March 2018.

We do not make any retrospective payments for course fees and study materials incurred before this date. This also includes 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 closed. The next round will open in Autumn 2017.

If you would like to be notified on the day of the next round opening, please fill in the pre-registration form. Once the round is open, you will be able to register and complete the online application form.

In the meantime, you can read the Application Guidance which 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.

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

T: +44 (0)20 7294 2591

E: bursaries@cityandguilds.com

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