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Learner Support Scheme

Bursaries to support your studies

Alexis Brown

OCA has Learner Support Scheme funding set by the trustees each academic year, to be used to support access and progression in Higher Education. Funding is available to cover a number of purposes, and those which students can apply for are outlined below.

All applications are subject to available funds in order of date received. The Learner Support Team will advise of your options if the funds for the year are fully allocated when you apply.


 

• Course Fee Bursaries

Course fee bursaries are available for OCA Foundations and Short Courses, and Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees. Funding must be applied for before starting the unit.
  • Full details are included in section 1 of the Learner Support Scheme policy, but applicants will:-

    • have an evidenced household income under £25,000;
    • meet any entry requirements of the chosen course;
    • be unable to fund the course via savings, and will not be eligible for funding through other sources, such as Student Finance funding.

    Students can apply on a unit by unit basis, and bursaries will be for 50% of the unit fee, subject to available funds.

    For 2022/23, applications for Foundations study with low (Level 2 or below) or no previous qualifications may be able to access funding up to 80% of the course fee, as part of our commitment to widening access to degree study. This additional funding is subject to available funds. Please speak to the Learner Support Team if this is applicable.

    You can contact the Learner Support Team for any help with this (learnersupport@oca.ac.uk).

• Student Support Bursaries

Student support bursaries are available for students who are enrolled to a Foundations course, or an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree. These bursaries can help with other study related costs, such as textbooks, subscriptions, arts consumables and other items to support study.
  • Full details are available in section 2 of the Learner Support Scheme policy, but applicants will:

    • have an evidenced household income under £25,000;
    • be able to apply once per unit.

    Students applying for a course fee bursary can include an application for a student support bursary on the same form. Students applying for a student support bursary only can apply on the Student Support Bursary form.

• One-off support for specified support purposes

One-off / specific support bursaries are available for students who are enrolled to an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree.
  • These bursaries can help with:-

    • Up to £200 to cover the cost of the student’s contribution for a DSA-awarded computer;
    • Up to £400 towards the cost of a post-16 diagnostic assessment for dyslexia where scores on the British Dyslexia Association Adult Checklist are 45 or above, or where a student has a childhood diagnostic assessment that requires updating for DSA eligibility;
    • Up to 50% of the costs for any portfolio review / additional tutorials recommended following a failed assessment. N.B students must also have evidenced engagement with their first attempt at the course unit, assessed via tutor feedback.
  • Full details are available in section 3 of the Learner Support Scheme policy, but applicants will have an evidenced household income under £25,000.

    Students applying for a course fee bursary can include an application for the £200 DSA computer contribution on the same form. For students who are not applying for a course fee bursary, this can be done on the Student Support Bursary form.

• Widening Participation projects

Applications for course fee bursaries, student support bursaries and specific one-off support are the primary focus of the Learner Support Scheme. Subject to available funds, students, staff and tutors can apply for funding towards a project supporting widening participation as outlined in section 4 of the Learner Support Scheme policy.


Making an application

Please read the Guidance Notes carefully before applying on the relevant forms. This will take you through how to complete the form, and what evidence / paperwork you need to include. The application form should be completed and returned to learnersupport@oca.ac.uk where the clerk will check your application. Please include ‘Learner Support Scheme application’ in your email subject.

Supporting documents can be provided by email as above, or posted to:

Learner Support Scheme Clerk
Open College of the Arts
Michael Young Arts Centre
County Way
Barnsley
S70 2AG

Learner Support Scheme Form