THE BIG DEAL
Choose Sandwell College when you leave school and get all the benefits of our BIG DEAL.*
Free travel card for EVERY full-time 16-18 year-old student.**
We will provide you with a Term Plus Travel Card that allows travel on West Midlands buses in Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Solihull, Birmingham and Coventry, any time, including evenings and weekends. This will be renewable termly if you keep up a good record of progress, behaviour and attendance.
Remember, we're right next to West Bromwich bus and Metro stations! Bus routes calling here include:
74, 75, 75E, 79, 80, 238, 401, 402, 402A, 404, 404A, 404E, 404H, 405, 406, 410, 414, 417, 419, 428,
429, 430, 431, 439, 444, 447, 448, 448A, 448B, 449, 450, 451, 640, 644, 646, 688.
Financial Support for Disadvantaged Students
We can also provide extra financial support to adults and young people who meet our criteria:
Young people may be entitled to a £1200 bursary (dependent on circumstances and performance) if they are:
- in care
- leaving care
- in receipt of income support
- in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.
We can also help young people who were in receipt of free school meals at school and young people where household income falls below £30,810 (most other Colleges fix this at around £20,000).
For young learners where the household income falls below £30,810, we can provide financial support for College trips and activities, equipment, uniform and books. They will not be entitled to a bursary.
For adult learners who meet the criteria, we can support childcare, equipment, trips, books, uniform and travel. Support is subject to the availability of funds. There is also a small amount of funding available to pay for exam and course fees. Again, adults must meet the criteria and support is subject to availability.
Free and subsidised activities and social events
All full time 16-18 year-old students can join in a wide range of free and subsidised activities and trips. Some of these are part of your course, some are run to help you broaden your horizons, and some are social events to celebrate success.
* Subject to continuing government funding.
** Subject to attendance, performance and continuing government funding. Full-time students who are 18 before 1st September will be required to pay a £34 contribution towards the Student Travel Card, which normally costs £134.