Financial Support for 16-18 year old students

Assistance from our College Bursary Fund is available to students aged 16-18 with an annual  household income of £31,000 (gross) per year or below. The following awards are available:

  • Free bus travel*
  • Equipment awards for students on various courses including Hair, Beauty, Art, Protective Services, Engineering, Childcare and Health and Social Care
  • Free College meals*

There is also a Vulnerable Study Bursary* of up to £1,200 a year for students who are one of the following:

  • In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
  • In receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
  • In the care of the Local Authority
  • A Care Leaver

16-18 Bursary Leaflet – 2020-21


We offer a wide range of bus services to ensure you can get to College easily and flexibly, from multiple locations across East Lancashire.

We offer Transdev Lancashire, Pendle and Gold termly bus passes which include unlimited evening and weekend travel.

We also offer two direct College mini bus services from Wilpshire and Trawden.

There are a number of additional bus services which operate in your area. The majority of services in Pendle stop at Nelson Bus Interchange and some stop outside the College on Scotland Road. A regular bus service operates between Nelson Interchange and the College, Alternatively, the College is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Interchange.

NCC – Travel Pass Leaflet 2020-21

Free Breakfast and Meals

All students arriving before 9am each day can enjoy a FREE healthy breakfast in our Refectory. Free fruit is available to all students whilst in College.

Free College Meals

Funding is available to support disadvantaged students aged between 16 and 18 at the start of their course to access a free meal for each day they attend their study programme, where this is appropriate.

For the purposes of eligibility, ‘disadvantaged’ is defined as the student being in receipt of, or having parents who are receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) with an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by the HMRC
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 p.a.
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

Eligible students will receive a credit of £3.00 onto their student smart ID card each day they are in College.  Funds not spent on the day will not be transferred over to the next day.

Capacity and Delivery Fund (CDF) – Industry Placements

Support may be available to vocational students undertaking industry placements who may need to travel further to access their placements and/or incur additional costs for equipment and clothing.

For more information, please contact Student Services on: 01282 440209

*Subject to conditions, fund availability and evidence being provided