School leavers

The last thing we want is for you to worry about the cost of studying, but it’s a fact of life that education can be expensive. We will do everything that we can to ensure that you get the advice you need. You can contact our dedicated Financial Advisor for more information on 01458 844546.

Help with bus fares

Up to £475 is available to students who buy the County Bus Ticket through our Travel Bursary Scheme. See page 117 for more information. For more information see our Travelling to college section. 

Free meals

Students aged 16 to 18 and who are, or whose families are, on a low income and in receipt of certain benefits may be entitled to free college meals.

16-18 Bursary Fund, 16-18 Guaranteed Payment and 19+ Discretionary Support Fund

These funds provide help to students who are, or whose families are, on a low income or have a particular financial difficulty. Financial help is available for students aged 16 years or older, studying a course of further education with Strode College whether they study on a full-time or part time basis. Help can be offered for the essential costs of studying including materials, kit and equipment costs, transport and childcare expenses.

Care to Learn

The Care to Learn scheme provides financial support for young parents up to the age of 20 who want to continue their education or training and need help with the cost of childcare and related travel expenses. For further information contact the Care To Learn helpline 0800 121 8989 or visit

The British Army FE Bursary Scheme

The British Army has an initiative to help young adults prepare for a career in the Army. This initiative financially rewards students for attending college, completing a relevant vocational qualification and pursuing a career in the Army at the end of their course. The scheme supports students on full Level 2 programmes in a range of occupational sectors. Visit the British Army website for further information.

Fees 2017/18

UK/EU/EEA Students

Aged 16-18 on 31/08/17
All Further Education (FE) Programmes - no fees to pay.

Aged over 19 on 31/08/17
Full-time programmes are priced individually and in some instances course fees can be waived. Please contact our Admissions Team for further details: 01458 844453.

Non UK/EU/EEA Students

£6999 for each year of the course (2016/17) including basic books and one attempt at the exam. This also includes one ESOL programme and one attempt at mother tongue AS Level.

Student Resource Fee

The resource fee is a voluntary fee that applies to all full-time students (more than 360 programme hours per year), excluding Higher Education, Apprentice and Traineeship students, for each year of their course. The current resource fee is £50. It is payable on or before enrolment and is non-refundable.

This fee is a small contribution towards the cost of the resources to support your course and time at College. As part of your induction programme you will be provided with a student ID card, college diary, an initial print credit allocation, and an email account and virtual storage. This fee also contributes towards the cost of:

  • subsidised charges for subsequent print credit purchases;
  • subsidised gym membership and fitness classes;
  • free parking;
  • additional non-essential text books; and
  • access to specialist IT, photography and audio-visual equipment.

Although the fee is voluntary we do expect students to make this contribution towards the cost of these extra resources and facilities as this is the only way the College can continue to funds these items.

Advanced Learner Loan

Students aged 19 years or older may be entitled to a loan to help them pay for their course. The Advanced Learner Loan is easy to apply for, doesn't involve a credit check and repayments don't start until earnings are over £21,000. Eligible courses include A Levels, Access to Higher Education Diplomas, Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 Certificates and Diplomas. For further information see our
Advanced Learner Loan leaflet.

Financial assistance application form 17/18

Financial assistance guidance notes 17/18