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 kit stress-free.
Free 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 have to travel in to Chesterfield by car, bus, train or taxi. For those of you who need to work out the best route to take, we’ve providing 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 rail or bus (for the most cost effective travel route) if you qualify for the bursary (see details below).
*dependent on meeting eligibility criteria
Chesterfield College can easily be reached from Sheffield, Derby, Mansfield, Bolsover, Shirebrook, Matlock, Bakewell and Worksop:
You might be asking – ‘what on earth is a bursary?’ Let’s keep it simple. A bursary is financial support provided to students to help them pay for travel, uniform, kit, materials, or anything else that is deemed essential as part of your studies. It is means-tested, which means that you will be eligible for financial support depending on your household income. The criteria for this changes each year – for September 2021, if your household income is below £24,000 you will be eligible for help with kit/equipment, uniform and travel. If you’re household income is below £35,000, you will be eligible for help with travel only.
Travel Card – Bus or Rail
For those eligible for the bursary, the Travel Card will provide you with a means to get to college for your studies. The Travel Card works on train and bus from across the region.
The Travel Card is provided to those who qualify for the bursary scheme and live more than 2 miles away from college. It is pre-loaded with credit (based on the most cost effective travel route from your home) – all you have to do is show your card to the driver/ticket inspector when asked.
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 are 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 may 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 email@example.com