You will need to fill in our application form and a member of our team will be in contact with you (by phone or email) to arrange an appointment, open day or taster day at your local Military Preparation College. They will talk you through what forms you need to complete in preparation for your appointment and they will be able to answer any questions you have.
England Financial Support (16-18)
If you are aged 16-18 and in full or part-time training you could be entitled to financial support to help pay for essential education-related costs such as course equipment, lunch or transport to and from college.
You could get a bursary of up to £1,200 per year. For more information on the Bursary Fund, click here
You may be entitled to receive up to £40.00 per week for up to 30 weeks.
How much do I have to pay for the course?
The training is free because it is part funded by the Education Funding Agency.
What if I can’t afford to buy the kit?
You may be eligible to claim financial support (through the 16 – 18 Bursary Fund). The Bursary Fund (if you are eligible) is to provide help if you struggle with costs that may affect your learning.
Am I entitled to Free Meals?
If eligible for the Bursary Fund, you are also eligible to free meals whilst in learning with the college. You will receive the daily allowance for each day attended.
How do I know if I am eligible for the Bursary Fund?
Students may be eligible if they meet the criteria. Once you are given an agreed start date by the Learner Support Team, an eligibility survey will be sent to the next of kin address given at interview. This will determine whether the eligibility criteria may be met.
How do I apply for the Bursary?
Once the eligibility survey has been completed, it will determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria. If this is met, you will be sent the Financial Support application form which will need to be digitally completed with evidence attached. Within this form will be the uniform order and bank details request. Once completed this will be processed by the Learner Support Team within our 3-day target.
How does the Bursary work?
If you are eligible for the bursary, you will be entitled to claim any costs that pay for items relevant to the course – up to a maximum of £1,200 each year. For example, travel (between home and college) and any money spent on kit and equipment essential to complete the course. Each day you are in attendance and have a meal, you will receive £2.41 per day.
Do I need a bank account?
If you are eligible for the bursary – yes. Funding claimed will be paid directly into your bank account a week in arrears.
What do I need to bring on my first day?
Here’s our checklist to make sure you bring everything you need:
- Proof of identity (driver’s licence or passport)
- Any certificates already achieved
- National Insurance Number
Will my parents lose their Child Benefit when I start the course?
No. Our courses are approved by Government and therefore have no impact on Child Benefit because your child is under 20 and in full time education. Click here for more information