Learning & financial support

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Learning Support

The College has a wide range of resources and equipment that are available for students. Following your initial assessment meeting, specialist advisors at the College can match the resources we have to your specific needs. Support when you join the College can include:

  • In-class support,
  • Note taking,
  • Help with assignments,
  • One-to-one support,
  • Study skills workshops,
  • Loan of specialist equipment,
  • Software and exam arrangements.

At St John Rigby, we support the whole person, and seek to ensure your studies contribute to your personal development and overall well-being.

If you have any specific queries regarding Study Support, please contact Peter Dewhurst (Head of Department): peter.dewhurst@sjr.ac.uk


Financial Support

St John Rigby College has a very generous Student Bursary that is available for full-time students. This bursary will be available for students who enrol at College in 2022.

The Bursary can be used to help with the cost of transport, meals, essential books and equipment, trips, print credits, specific clothing, and any other costs incurred as a result of attending college.

Types of Bursary

College can be financially challenging for some young people.  At St John Rigby College we want all of our students to enjoy their College experience without this worry.  If you or your family would like to discuss any financial concern, please contact us by email bursary@sjr.ac.uk or telephone 01942 214797. 

Below is a summary of the 16-19 Bursary fund for 2022-2023.  For more information regarding our bursary policy, application guidelines and to download an application form please see the links at the bottom of the page. 

The 16-19 Bursary Fund has two elements:

An annual bursary for young people in the following defined vulnerable groups:

  1. In care or an unaccompanied asylum seeker
  2. Care leavers
  3. Receiving Income Support, Universal Credit (UC) because they are financially supporting themselves, or
  4. Receiving Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance in their own right

A discretionary award is made to young people in a way that best fits the needs and circumstances of our students.

St John Rigby College’s criteria are as follows:


  1. Household Income below £25,000 for one dependant
  2. Household Income below £32,000 for two dependants
  3. Household Income below £37,000 for three dependants
  4. Household Income below £42,000 for four dependants
  5. Household Income below £47,000 for 5 or more dependants

The discretionary award will be targeted towards those young people who face the greatest financial barriers to participation; such as the costs of transport, meals, books and equipment. Conditions for receiving the Bursary awards will be subject to student attendance and student engagement with their studies.


Click the links below to read our Bursary Policy and complete the Bursary Application Form.

Student Bursary Policy

Application Form

Application Form Guidelines


You can apply for the bursary as soon as you have enrolled at College. Staff will be available at enrolment to help with this.

There is an application form for the Student Bursary – this will be available at enrolment and on our website.  Alternatively, if you do not obtain a form from either of these two methods, contact bursary@sjr.ac.uk

If you are a student in one of the vulnerable groups identified on this page then you, the student, can fill out the form. If applying for the Discretionary Bursary, a parent or carer should complete the form.

We have made the form as straightforward as possible but if you are unsure of anything please do not hesitate to contact bursary@sjr.ac.uk.  Remember that we want you to apply and will help you as much as we can.

We will aim to let you know if your application has been approved within 10 working days of receiving your application (and all the required evidence) – however during busy periods, for example, at the start of the academic year, this may take a little longer.   If the application is approved, the approval date will always be backdated to the date that we received your application and required evidence. 

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We have had many students who initially did not believe that they would be eligible for the bursary, but when they did apply they were approved.  If you are not sure if you should apply then please contact bursary@sjr.ac.uk and someone will contact you to discuss this further.

If you have any other questions relating to the Student Bursary then please contact bursary@sjr.ac.uk – we want to do everything we can to ensure you are financially supported whilst at St John Rigby College and are more than happy to answer any questions.

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Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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