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Bursaries & Finance

On this page you will find information about any fees associated with studying at Huish as well as details about the financial support available to you.

Huish Experience Fee For Vocational & A Level Students

The Huish Experience Fee is payable by all Level 2 & 3 students on enrolment. This fee contributes towards the wider educational experience beyond our statutory requirements. This includes additional elements of student support, student welfare, enrichment, IT facilities, trips, visits and extension activities, all of which are accessible and available to all our students.

The Huish Experience Fees are:

Level 2 (one year) courses – £40.00
Level 3 (two year) courses – £80.00

Gym Access

Gym Membership is £25 per term and can be purchased through the College Shop.

Financial Support available at HuishRichard Huish College sign

Below you will find information about the various bursaries available to students and loans available to people aged 19+.

If you would like to discuss or need any further information on financial support or the Advance Learner Loans please contact our Student Finance Officer, Jo Quick at

If you wish to apply for bursary please register on PayMyStudent at
N.B. Bursary awards are paid directly to the nominated bank account using the BACS system.

Bishop Fox's Educational Foundation Grant Schemes

Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation aims to promote the education (including social and physical training) of young people between the ages of 11-24 years. 

All Huish students can apply for a grant from the foundation. Grants can help towards costs of trips, sportswear, books, equipment for an enrichment/hobby plus other expenses. 

For more information visit

Vulnerable Bursary

Students who meet one of the following criteria who have a financial need can apply for a bursary for vulnerable groups of up to £1,200 per year if registered on to a programme of study that lasts for 30 weeks or more; or a pro-rata amount if the course is less than 30 weeks.

Eligibility criteria for the Vulnerable Bursary are that you are:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because you are financially supporting yourself or financially supporting yourself and someone who is dependent on you and living with you such as a child or partner
  • receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in your own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in your own right.
Discretionary Bursary

The College receives a Discretionary Bursary allocation from the government each year from which we aim to support as many students facing financial hardship to complete their studies at Richard Huish College.

The Discretionary Bursary is a financially assessed award and is dependent on fulfilling the bursary eligibility criteria shown below.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You are over 16 and under 19 years old on the 31st August 2019 (for September 2019 intake)
  • You must have registered on a full-time study program on 31st August 2019 (for September 2019 intake)
  • You have been resident in the UK for 3 years or more at the start of your studies
  • Your household income is below £30,000

Student may receive up to:

  • 85% of their course costs to include, books, materials, equipment & trips
  • £600 transport contribution towards the purchase of the Somerset County Ticket for students who live 3 miles and over from the College.
  • Please note we are unable to support any other forms of travel.
Free College Meals

In accordance with Government Education Funding Agency guidance students whose families are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits will be awarded a free meal including a drink each day up to the value of £3.00.


  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
  • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
Music Bursary

All music students on A Level or Vocational music courses receive a bursary towards the cost of instrumental or vocal tuition at Huish.

The cost of instrumental and vocal tuition for the academic year are:

TuitionCost to a Music student with a bursaryFull cost to a student without a bursary
1 x 30-minute weekly lesson£300.00£480.00
An extra 15 minutes (charged at full cost rate)£240.00 
Exam entry fees (and accompaniment if required)To be paid for by the student

For further information about music opportunities click here.

Advanced Learner Loan

This loan is available to cover course fees for learners over the age 19, wanting to study a Level 3 or 4 qualification, Access to Higher Education course, Vocational  Diploma or Vocational Certificates. The Advanced Learner Loan is a non means tested loan through Student Finance England and does not require a credit check.

For further information on Advanced Learner Loans please click here or download our leaflet below.

Advanced Learner Loan

19+ Discretionary Learner Support Funds

The 19+ Discretionary Learner Support Funds are available to students on a low income or who are from low income families.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You are 19 years old or over on the 31st August 2019 (September 2019 intake)
  • You must have registered on a full-time Study Programme on 31st August 2019 (September 2019 intake)
  • You have been resident in the UK for 3 years or more at the start of your studies
  • Your household income is below £30,000

Students may receive up to 85% of the following course costs:

  • Tuition fees
  • Exam and qualification registration fees
  • Fees for membership of professional bodies
  • Travel costs
  • Books, materials and equipment

Financial assistance towards childcare costs is also available for students aged 20 years old and over.