Making college ‘uncomplicated’ – travel, bursary and support

Leaving school and exploring your potential at college can provide you with limitless opportunities. You can reinvent yourself, meet new people, have experiences you will never forget and, most importantly, dedicate your time to learning skills and knowledge for your chosen career.

College is very different from school, we’re sure you’ll already know that. As a young adult, you will be given the freedom to take responsibility for your own learning. You will be supported by tutors who come from, and often still work in, the industry or sector you are preparing for.

What you might not know about, is all of the support and assistance available to you that makes getting to college easy and paying for materials and kits stress-free.

Financial Contributions to help you travel to College*

One of the first things you will want to consider is how you will get to college. If you live close to campus and you can walk in, that’s great (and healthy). Many of our students must travel to Chesterfield by car, bus, train or taxi. For those of you who need to work out the best route to take, we’ve provided all the information you need below.

Many of our students qualify for free or subsidised travel to college. We can provide bus passes and travel cards for the bus (for the most cost-effective travel route) if you qualify for the bursary (see details below). Students may also be able to receive contributions to the train fair if no bus route is available.

*dependent on meeting eligibility criteria

Chesterfield College can easily be reached from Sheffield, Derby, Mansfield, Bolsover, Shirebrook, Matlock, Bakewell and Worksop:

Find your route

Find your route

Find your route

Find your route

Find your route

Find your route

Find your route

Find your route


Let’s keep it simple. Financial support is provided to students to help them pay for travel, uniform, kit, materials, or anything else that is deemed essential as part of their studies. It is means-tested, which means that you will be eligible for financial support depending on your household income. 

Click here to find out if more and if you are eligible for a bursary. 

Stagecoach Bus Pass 

For those eligible for the travel element of the bursary, the bus pass will provide you with a means to get to and from college for your studies. These passes are valid on most Stagecoach routes across the Chesterfield and Derbyshire areas. To qualify for the travel aspect, you must have a household income below £40,000 and live more than 2 miles away from college. Students may also be able to receive contributions towards travel costs where there is no Stagecoach route available.  These contributions are subsidised and depending on the mode of travel may not cover the full cost. 


Once you enrol on your course at college, you will have access to a wealth of support. 

Your Personal Tutor will guide you through the course and make sure that you stay on track to succeed. If you ever need extra assistance, the LEAP Mentor for your subject area will provide additional guidance and support. They are there to help you develop resilience and strategies for completing your work, catching up and overcoming any worries or issues you may have. 

As soon as you start your life at Chesterfield College, we will work with you to ensure that you are ready for your next steps. Whether this is a higher level course at college, an apprenticeship, university, or a job in the area you have trained for, the Careers Team based at college is available to provide impartial advice and guidance every step of the way. 

What else can we help you with? 

You will no doubt have lots of questions about coming to college. We’ve put together some handy links covering the subjects and frequently asked questions that many of our new starters and parents/guardians often ask us. If there’s anything else you need to know, just call us on 01246 500500 or email 

Applying to college 

Advanced Learner Loans 

Financial support and fees advice